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Claritin Or Zyrtec For Hives
I'm taking zyrtec for severe case of hives. Was told to take Claritin (loratadine) in between if needed. I need more. Can I overdose if I take a second claritin (loratadine)?
Claritin (loratadine) does not take away my terrible hives caused by macrobid, will zyrtec do the job?
Itchy hives 4 4 mths! Tried Zyrtec D, loratadine, claratin, telfast D, atarax, (hydroxyzine) Predisone, dermasone, elomet, malathion lotion. Doc stumped. Help! ?
Zyrtec (cetirizine): Zyrtec (cetirizine) has more anti-allergy or anti-inflamatory effects than clariten (loratidine) and is often better for most allergic symptoms. It does cause drowsiness in some patients. Antihistamines work best when taken at bedtime if you are taking them on a daily basis - as in a pollen allergy or allergy to a pet that lives in your house. ...Read more
Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) polaramine, chlortrimeton etc., are old time antihistamines used for runny nose, sneezing, itching, and other allergies. They are very effective but can cause drowsiness and should be avoided in day time. Carefully read all the side effects.
Zyrtec, Claritin & Allegra are newer antihistamines, with lot less drowsiness or other side effects. They work fairly well for most people. ...Read more
It's very unlikely: It's very unlikely for these antihistamines to cause diarrhea, so look for other possible explanations. If the diarrhea is transient, there's a good probability that it could be viral. ...Read more
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
You shouldn't: All of those medications are in the same class called non-sedating antihistamines. They should not be taken at the same time. ...Read more
Zyrtec (cetirizine) loratidine: Yes but can get expensive and I wouldn't recommend it routinely. ...Read more
Can I take Claritin (loratadine) in the morning and zyrtec at night. Allergies are just that bad..
In suffering pretty bad from allergies right now. Should I switch from Claritin (loratadine) to Zyrtec tomorrow?
Yes: Yes, you should! Zyrtec in my clinical experience works better, the trade off is that it's a little more sedating than Claritin. If sleepiness is a problem, then take the Zyrtec at night before bed. Hope this helps! You may need a nasal spray if this doesn't do the trick. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Which is stronger Allegra, Zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine) I know they all treat same thing which one more likely to be Strongest?
All r created equal: But one might be more equal (convenient) to a patient than another, as different patients respond differently to different drugs, that's what they call: pharmacogenetics, a relatively new science that can tell how patients would respond to different drugs, bit expensive though to be tried on every medicine, so trial and error would be the way to go for now, good luck ...Read more
I am 28w pregnant and I took a Claritin (loratadine) this morning at about 9:15 and I forgot I took it then took Zyrtec at 2:30. Should I be concerned?
How much allegra is safe on a daily basis? My system needs a break from claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec apparently, but 1 allegra is not working fully.
Loratadine is weaker: When loradine (claritin) was studied the manufacturer selected the lowest dose that gave a response better than placebo but didn't have more side effects than placebo. This caused it to be a fairly weakly effective med. As it wasn't studied at higher dose I can't speak to safety of higher doses. Personally, I find zyrtec (cetirizine) to be much more effective but may be more sedating. ...Read more
Allergy meds: Hello. Allergy medication like zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) help with the symptoms of allergy. The dose for an adult is 10 mg for Claritin (loratadine) and 10 mg for zyrtec. If you take both on the same day, an increase in dryness as well as sedation will likely occur. There are other medications to help with your allergies. Instead of taking these two medications, see your doctor for other options. ...Read more
Don't: These are antihistamines. You do not need them. The cold symptoms will go away. ...Read more
Usually yes, but why: Taking the two together though usually does not offer much in the way of additional benefit for nasal allergies. ...Read more
I gave my toddler Claritin (loratadine) this morning and it did nothing. Can I give him Zyrtec at bedtime?
Other options: If you are treating allergic rhinitis (hay fever) then you might want to think about adding additional avoidance measures and meds to regimen to help control symptoms better. Saline rinses, steroid nasal sprays, and various OTC preparations can help alleviate allergies in conjunction with Claritin. See an allergist for further testing to determine sensitivities and provide appropriate management ...Read more
Several months I suffer from chronic congestion. Neither zyrtec or claritin (loratadine) helps. What to do or take next?
Can I give my 3 year old 1/2 tsp of zyrtec at night and then follow up with a 5mg chewable Claritin (loratadine) tablet in the am?
Yes: Yes, one can do this. Instead consider 2.5 ml of zyrtec twice daily as the maximum daily dose of zyrtec at this age is 5 ml. If you have to use this high of a dose to control allergies consider seeing your doctor for other prescription options like nasal steroids. As always, treatment of allergies includes avoidance of the allergen in addition to medications. ...Read more
Headache is getting worse. I have been on claritin, (loratadine) flonaz, and zyrtec but nothing seems to help long-term. Any suggestions?
Evaluation: I would recommend that you confirm with your provider if allergies are the reason for your headache. You have used allergy medications to treat your headache and apparently have not had benefit. I think it may be likely that your headache is not allergy related at this point. ...Read more
Pick one: While both zyrtec (cetirizine) and Claritin (loratadine) are approved for treatment of allergies in children, it is rarely necessary to use both at the same time. In my experience, Claritin works for many and zyrtec works for most patients. While there is little harm to combining these, it doesn't add to the effectiveness. ...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 more
Possible: Oral antihistamines are used to treat itchy nose, eye and sneezing. So if one is experiencing these symptoms use of anti histamines would be reasonable. ...Read more
Yes: Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are both oral antihistamine agents that block the effects of histamine on what is called the h1 receptor. By doing this, they reduce the release of histamine, a substance that causes itching, runny nose, and sneezing. Zyrtec blocks the receptor a bit better, but the clinical effect of the medications is roughly the same. Zyrtec may cause some drowsiness, but may last longer. ...Read more