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Claritin D For Ear Congestion
Yes : It helps treating your symptoms temporarily. If congestion persists and headache becomes worse, you should see a physician to get proper diagnosis and treatment and to prevent it from developing to chronic sinusitis, which is more complicated to treat. Cold/flu like symptoms last 1 to 2 weeks. Allergies last longer and recur more often. ...Read more
Probably neither: The medications that you describe are all antihistamines. They rarely are effective in eradicating an inflammation that has been present for 3 months (definition of chronic sinusitis). Even if allergy is part of your problem, these medications are not very effective. A better anti-inflammatory drug that might help temporarily is prednisone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
EAR INFECTION:: Mainly 2 types of ear infections:. #1 otitis media or middle ear infection and #2. Otitis externa or external ear canal infection mostly called swimmer's ear. After antibiotic treatment of middle ear infection, Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec is given for 4-6 weeks to help drying up or drainage of residual fluid in the middle ear. For otitis externa or swimmer's ear, antibiotic/combination ear drop is given. ...Read more
Which is best for coughing and runny nose (allergies) sudafed or Claritin (loratadine) or claritin-d?
Neither: If you are sure you are dealing with allergies, then an antihistamine is the drug of choice. Sudafed is a decongestant. Claritin is a weak antihistamine and despite the drug labelling can cause drowsiness as can zyrtec. Allegra (fexofenadine) does not cross the blood-brain barrier and thus no drowsiness. A nasal spray either steroid or non-steroid is also useful. ...Read more
Sinus infection: Infections of the sinuses develop when fluids accumulate and become infected. People with allergies have nasal congestion which blocks normal drainage, promoting these infection. Claritin D is a combination antihistamine (good for allergy symptom reduction) and a decongestant (helps reduce swelling of the nasal and sinus tissue) and can be helpful in sinusitis treatment and prevention. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Saline washes: It depends on the cause of the congestion, but saline nasal washes at least don't have side effects, unlike decongestants and antihistamines. If the saline doesn't help enough and your symptoms persist, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Both types of Zyrtec contain an antihistamine that dry up excess secretions. Zyrtec-D has an additional decongestant to clear stopped up nasal passages that happen when the dried secretions and inflamed mucosa obstruct your narrow nasal airways and make it impossible to move air through your nostrils well. ...Read more
None of these: These medications are antihistamines which counter the affects of allergies. They are not antibiotics which are typically prescribed for sinus infections. Decongestants and sinus rinses may help with the symptoms associated with the sinus infection, but these antihistamine medications, in my experience, do little for this condition. ...Read more
Zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) allegra, clarinex. Other allergy pill options? Year-round, persistant allergies. Wet in ears, post-nasal drip (sore throat).
Before you go : Looking for another allergy medication, i would keep the one that works best for you and take it diligently everyday with a steroid nasal spray twice daily for a month to see a big difference with just burst of meds here and there and only when you feel like it. If you have already done this, then it is time to see your doctor, possibly referral to allergist or ENT depends on what the problem is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I use reactine and claritan for allergies. Would nasal spray be useful o only for sinus symptoms?
Yes: There are many nasal sprays that could be helpful. Saline sprays may help flush the nose out and let the cilia of the nasal lining work more effectively. Topical nasal steroids sprays have been shown to be some of the most effective nasal allergy medicines to treat chronic sinusitis and improve nasal congestion and drainage. There are topical antihistamine proven effective as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Good, newer antinistamine, less sedating, may help with symptoms. ...Read more
Allergies/sinuses, 33f, nose runs nonstop, taking Claritin (loratadine) doesn't help. Can i take a zrytech also? Or would sudafed w/ pseudoephedrine help?
Allergies: Your nasal symptoms will respond best to a prescription nasal steroid. Antihistamines seem of limited value in your case. Consider seeing an allergist to achieve adequate control of your symptoms. ...Read more
I have bronchitis and have taken methypredisolone along with afrin for congestion. Can I take flonase or budesonide nasal spray for runny nose?
Yes: Nasal steroid takes several days to get optimal results . Afrin should not be used for more than 5 days else you may end up with even more nasal congestion (rebound). Methylprednisolone is not usually indicated for bronchitis. If chronic this may be asthma. Consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more
I've had sinus congestion and post-nasal drip for 2 months? Should I switch nasal steroid sprays?
20 weeks preg. No sleep x 6 nights, severe nasal congestion. Is sudafed (pseudophedrine) best OTC choice? Safe? Better than sudafed pe (phenylephrine)?
See bellow: For allergic disorders in pregnancy: category a • doxylamine category b • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)-3rd trimester, Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine), cyproheptadine, gastrocrom (cromolyn sodium), singulair (montelukast), xyzal (levocetirizine), zyrtec (cetirizine hcl). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Used Claritin-D 4 yrs for nasal conestion.Recently got bad cold.Took Mucinex (guaifenesin).Cleared sinuses better than ever.Can breathe for 1st time.Can continue?
Yes: If Mucinex (guaifenesin) works for you, there is no problem with taking it daily. The D in Claritin D however may increase your blood pressure and cause insomnia and jitteriness. I have prefer using nasal spray instead and have not prescribed an oral decongestant for anyone for years due to the side effects. ...Read more
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