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Claritin Versus Claritin D
Expired meds safe: Here is an article from Harvard discussing how safe most expired medications are: http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/drug-expiration-dates-do-they-mean-anything. Basically, research has shown that expired meds in good condition are likely fine to use . The expiration date is the date on which the responsibility for the potency of the drug shifts from the manufacturer to the consumer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal steroid spray: The most effective "long term" medications for stuffiness is usually nasal steroid sprays or a combination of nasal antihistamine + steroid in one. Most need a prescription, but recently nasacort has fda approval for sale "over the counter" without a prescription. If these are ineffective, see an allergist and get at the root cause of the problem. ...Read more
Potential issues: If this was Claritin d-12 hour (designed to be taken every 12 hours), there should be minimal side effects. If it was Claritin d24 hour, then the adverse effects of the "d" Pseudoephedrine could lead to insomnia, GI upset, decreased appetite, dry mouth, etc. It's not the Claritin that is the problem, but the decongestant. ...Read more
It depends: There are two different doses of Claritin d - a twelve hour dose and a twenty four hour dose. Obviously, the 12 hour dose is recommended twice a day, 12 hours apart. If you were to take two 24 hour tablets, you would be getting the equivalent of 16 sudafed tablets. That could cause agitation, insomnia, rapid heart rate, and an elevation in blood pressure. That would not be recommended. ...Read more
All day today I feel hot, then cold, then hot, then cold and so on. What would do this? The only thing I did different today was take Claritin d.
Virus vs side effect: Time will tell. Infection, side effect or menopause; but most likely would be viral infection. Chills would be an unusual side effect for Claritin d, but if you aren't sick, just don't take any more Claritin d and see if it goes away. After a few days, you could take one again and see if it recurs. That's how to figure out if it is a side effect when the symptoms are not dangerous. ...Read more
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