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Are Claritin (loratadine) and alavert the same?

Are Claritin (loratadine) and alavert the same?

Generic: Both Claritin (loratadine) and Alavert contain the same active ingredient, Loratadine. Claritin (loratadine) is the original brand name for this drug, and Alavert is one of the less expensive generic forms. They should both work the same for most people. ...Read more

Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
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Claritin (Definition)

Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Which drugs interfere with alavert (loratadine)?

Which drugs interfere with alavert (loratadine)?

A few drugs: Amiodarone and darunavir. One used for cardiac arrhythmias and the other for HIV infections. Both can cause loratidine levels to increase. ...Read more

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What is the loratadine maximum dosage?

What is the loratadine maximum dosage?

Why?: Studies during development showed that the body was very tolerant to loratadine, with no significant side effects at twice the recommended dosage. However, they also found that there was no increased benefit with twice the dosage over the normal dose. Why take more if there is no benefit? ...Read more

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What conditions is alavert usually prescribed for?

What conditions is alavert usually prescribed for?

Allergies: Alavert, also known as loratidine, is used to treat allergies or allergic reactions. It is a newer antihistamine. ...Read more

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What is claritin/loratadine used for?

What is claritin/loratadine used for?

Allergy: Mainly for the treatment of allergy symptoms such as runny nose, scratchy throat, itchy nose and eyes, etc. ...Read more

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I'm 28 weeks is loratadine ok to take?

I'm 28 weeks is loratadine ok to take?

Yes: Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) are pregnancy category B medications which means that animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus, but there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. That said, I frequently use these medications with my pregnant patients. Allegra (fexofenadine) is category C so avoid this medication if possible. ...Read more

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What occurs if I took 2 claritin (loratadine)?

No problem: Antihistamine has a high safely of margin and in fact we sometimes do advise certain patients to double up on the dose if needed. ...Read more

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Is taking 2 Claritin (loratadine) + d. overdosing?

Is taking 2 Claritin (loratadine) + d. overdosing?

Not if: They are the 12 hour pills, yes if the 24 hour pills. ...Read more

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What if I took 2 Claritin (loratadine) d in 18 hrs?

What if I took 2 Claritin (loratadine) d in 18 hrs?

Potential issues: If this was Claritin (loratadine) d-12 hour (designed to be taken every 12 hours), there should be minimal side effects. If it was Claritin (loratadine) 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 (loratadine) that is the problem, but the decongestant. ...Read more

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Is mixing Claritin (loratadine) d and guaifinesin ok?

Is mixing Claritin (loratadine) d and guaifinesin ok?

Yes: Claritin-d is is an antihistamine decongestant combination. Guaifinesin is helps to thin mucus (an expectorant). Both act differently and may be used together. ...Read more

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Could a 1 yr old take loratadine?

Could a 1 yr old take loratadine?

Not approved: Cetirizine (zyrtec) is approved to be used in infants over 6 months of age. Consult with your baby's doc. ...Read more

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Can loratadine (claritin) kill you?

Water can kill you: Anything taken in excess all at once can upset body function causing adverse effects that under certain circumstances could lead to death. Drinking a half gallon of water all at once can dilute body salts leading to seizures. Claritin (loratadine) in the usual doses or even at a double dose is extremely safe. There are reports of death from claritin (loratadine). 2/3 occur in patients over 60. ...Read more

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Claritin (loratadine) side effects?

Pretty rare: Drowsiness & fatigue are reported by ~2% of users. Headache, abdominal pain, sore throat, diarrhea have been reported. Rare but reported side-effects include liver damage, seizures, & low platelet counts. I have been in practice for 29 years and have occasionally seen drowsiness, headache and abdominal pain associated with Claritin (loratadine) but none of the others so far and its a very commonly used drug. ...Read more

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Will loratadine help shirnk my sinuses?

Will loratadine help shirnk my sinuses?

Not exactly: It does not really shrink your sinuses but it can help clear up the swelling and inflammation in your sinuses. Histamines are chemicals that are released when you inhale allergens. Antihistamines like loratadine can help decrease the effect of the histamine release. ...Read more

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Side effects from claritin (loratadine)?

Feeling tired: Fatigue is the most common side effect followed by abdominal pain, headache and dry mucous membranes.

More rare but serious side effects include allergic reaction/anaphylaxis, bronchospasm or liver toxicity. ...Read more

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Can Claritin (loratadine) make you tired?

Possibly: For most people, Claritin (loratadine) does not cause fatigue or tiredness. However, for some it can cause tiredness and with higher than usual doses, the tiredness can be more common. Having allergies can cause fatigue as well. ...Read more

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Can Claritin (loratadine) cause gastritis?

Can Claritin (loratadine) cause gastritis?

Yes: It is possible to have gastritis according to the adverse side effects. ...Read more

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Is there a Claritin (loratadine) d liquid?

Is there a Claritin (loratadine) d liquid?

No: Claritin (loratadine) d is available in a 12 hour and 24 hour tablet combinations only at this time. ...Read more

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Is Claritin (loratadine) same as benedryl?

Not exactly: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is diphenydramine, an old first generation antihistamines that lasts about 6 hours and can cause drowsiness and other side effects. Claritin (loratadine) is a new generation antihistamine that can last 24 hours and has less side effects. At this time, there is no real advantage to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) unless a person also wants some sleep.... ...Read more

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Can I take diphenhydramine with loratadine?

Can I take diphenhydramine with loratadine?

Yes: Antihistamine is safe even with 4x the average daily dose. The major side effects would be dry mouth and drowsiness (the latter much less common if one uses the non-sedating type). ...Read more

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How long does it take for claritin-d to work.

How long does it take for claritin-d to work.

1 to 3 hours: Claritin d is a combination antihistamine [claritin= loratadine] and d= decongestant pseudoephedrine. This product is rapidly absorbed then metabolized to the active product with relief beginning within 1 to 3 hours. ...Read more

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Can Claritin (loratadine) give you a headache?

In some some, maybe: Like many medications, some people experience headaches. In the clinical studies for Claritin (loratadine) about 12% of people reported headache. Interestingly, 11% of patients given placebo (sugar pill) reported headache also. Headache is a common symptom and not necessarily from the medication. ...Read more

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How long does an alavert allergy usually last?

How long does an alavert allergy usually last?

Variable: It all depends. What were the allergic symptoms....Skin, breathing, GI tract, cardiac. Usually an allergic reaction can be between 2 hours to 7 days based on the reaction and many other factors. ...Read more

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Can I take nurofen with claritin (loratadine)?

Can I take nurofen with claritin (loratadine)?

Yes: Nurofen (ibuprofen) is a NSAID medication used to treat pain, fever, etc. Claritin (loratadine) is a new generation antihistamine used for treating allergies and hives. At usual doses, there is typically no problem with taking these at the same time. ...Read more

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Can I take nyquil and Claritin (loratadine) d?

Yes: You cantake claritind during daytime and nyquil at nightime. For few days only. If sx persist then you need to see doctor. ...Read more

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Can you take nyquil and claritin (loratadine)?

Can you take nyquil and claritin (loratadine)?

Antihistamines: Both medications have antihisstamines. Not sure what you are treating, but if you need both on the same day, then it may be better to see an allergist and get another type of medication to control your symptoms. You should be able to take them together but over time the strategy is not effective. ...Read more