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Claritin Not Working
Zyrtec vs claritin (loratadine): Loratidine (claritin) is the most ineffective antihistamine ever approved for market. Its effect is weak and can take a long time to work. Zyrtec is stronger but a little more sedating, 13% vs 8% (loratidine). It can be taken alone or in combination with loratidine or fexofenadine. The latter is the least sedating of the three and about as potent as cetirizine. ...Read more
Allergies: Allegra (fexofenadine) and other antihistamines work up to a certain point and do not cure allergies, just control the symptoms. Some patients need more than one medication to control their allergies and some no longer respond to meds. Shots from a board certified allergist can provide you long term relief and decrease your dependence on medications and can potentially cure you. ...Read more
Get evaluated: There are many causes for sleep problems but medical causes need to be ruled out, please see your pcp. Once that's cleared, sleep hygiene; sleep on the same time and get up at the same time, no caffeine or exercise or food two to three hours before sleep. One needs to think about anxiety or mood disorders evaluation too. Start with your pcp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can I mix allegra (fexofenadine) & zyrtec for my allegy relief if allegra (fexofenadine) alone is not enough?
You could, but: They do exactly the same thing so taking both is just like taking a double dose of one. Instead, you should try something from a different medication category, like a prescription nasal steroid spray. ...Read more
Careful evaluation: If antidepressants are not working the first thing to do is to make sure that you are not dealing with one of the kinds of depression that doesn't respond to antidepressants (for instance, paranoid depression, or bipolar depression, etcetera). Also you want to be absolutely sure that there is not a medical disease that is causing or worsening your symptoms. ...Read more
Yes: Yes. In most cases, they are non-sedating. ...Read more
What to do if i've got always used alegra but its not helping. Would Claritin (loratadine) d be better?
Occasionally: It really depends on the nature and severity of your symptoms. Some people feel better after using Claritin for non-allergic issues, largely because antihistamines like Claritin can dry out the nasal passage. This can reduce a runny nose or mild nasal congestion, even if they're non-allergic in nature. Claritin is fairly weak, however, and other non-drowsy options like Allegra can be more helpful. ...Read more
Maybe: Your doctor needs to sort this out. Go in for re-evaluation. ...Read more
My pollen allergies are killing me. I'm taking Claritin (loratadine) but its not working well what else can I take that is non drowsy?
Similar, yes: They are both antihistamine, but Claritin is classified as nondrowsy. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) seems more effective in controlling allergies symptoms, but has more potential to cause drowsiness etc... So, if your allergy is not too bad, it is reasonable to try claritin. Claritin is once daily comparing with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 3-4x/day if this fail, consult your doc for additional treatments etc... Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy meds: Hello. Allergy medication like zyrtec, Allegra and Claritin (loratadine) help with the symptoms of allergy. The dose for an adult is 180 mg for allegra, 10 mg for Claritin (loratadine) and 10 mg for zyrtec. If you take all these meds on the same day, an increase in dryness as well as sedation will likely occur. There are other medications to help with your allergies. See your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: But if you continue to have bothersome symptoms despite taking two 24-hour antihistamines in one day, you should see your physician for further advice. ...Read more
Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) when you're already taking prednisone, ventolin, hydroxyz, atrovent, flovent, and fluticasone propionate? Would it work?
Yes: The Claritin (loratadine) fills a nitch that is not fully addressed by the other medications you list and should be compadible with all of them.It will work as an antihistamine.Whether you can detect an improvement in symptoms given the other things you are treating is hard to say. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might need steroids: But that would require a prescription. Try an moisturizer or topical steroid, over the counter, especially if the itch is in one spot (not near eyes, though). Consider yeast infection, contact allergies (metals, cosmetics, lip balm, poison ivy), bites, eczema, dry skin and many other causes. ...Read more
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