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Is zyrtec or polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) stronger?

Is zyrtec or polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) stronger?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): Polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) (dexchlorpheniramine) is an older antihistamine that is not used as often due to dosing every 8 hours and side effects (impaired driving ability). Effectiveness of polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) was similar to Claritin (loratadine) while a study in healthy adults showed zyrtec (cetirizine) to be a better antihistamine than polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate). Go to: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/2972549. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Dexchlorpheniramine Maleate (Definition)

Dexchlorpheniramine maleate is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) how harmful ?

Polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) how harmful ?

Safe enough: Polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) (dexchlorphemiramine) is an old-fashioned, reliable antihistamine. It may make you more drowsy than modern antihistamines, and tends to dry up secretions which may help a runny nose or annoy you by making your eyes and mouth dry. ...Read more

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Could polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) be taken with zytec?

Could polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) be taken with zytec?

Yes you can: You can take both together. However, they might both cause drowsiness so you should take them with precaution. Don't take them more than the recommended otc doses. ...Read more

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What are the differences between chlorpheniramine maleate and dexchlorpheniramine maleate?

What are the differences between chlorpheniramine maleate and dexchlorpheniramine maleate?

Closely related: Both medications are potent antihistamines. Both have similar side effects, mainly sedation and anti-cholinergic (dry mouth, larger pupils, may cause constipation and in older men, difficulty in urination. Dexchlorpheniramine requires a prescription. Its chemical structure is only minimally different from chlorpheniramine. ...Read more

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What is the recommended dosage for polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) sleeping pills?

What is the recommended dosage for polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) sleeping pills?

Polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate): It is an antihistamine. Recommended dose is 2mg. (one teaspoonful) for adults & children over 12 age every 4-6 hours for allergies, & at bedtime for sleep. ...Read more

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I take polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) tablets. Help me sleep?

I take polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) tablets. Help me sleep?

Yes and no: It may help you think you are sleeping but you won't go thrpugh the stages of sleep normally and after awhile actually feel sleep deprived even if sleeping 8 hours. ...Read more

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Is polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) or clarityne better to clear a blocked nose ?

Is polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) or clarityne better to clear a blocked nose ?

Neither: Both medications are anti-histamines, . Claritin (loratadine), is less sedating. Most anti-histamines have limited effect on nasal congestion. They are effective for symptoms such as itching and runny nose. When combined with decongestants, (claritin d, Allegra d, zyrtec d, and such) are a little more effective. The best medications are inhaled nasal steroids available by prescription only. ...Read more

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What can i use to calm a hyperactive toddler on a flight? He hates to be held or confined and will just scream and struggle. Is polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) an option?

What can i use to calm a hyperactive toddler on a flight? He hates to be held or confined and will just scream and struggle. Is polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) an option?

Diphenhydramine : Would be an option. You might try a dose before you travel. Some children become hyperactive on that medication rather than sleepy. Your doctor can give you a weight based dose. All the best. ...Read more

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Self diagnosed vaginal yeast infection. took fluconazole & dexchlorpheniramine maleate yesterday. increased white lumpy discharge. is this normal?

Self diagnosed vaginal yeast infection. took fluconazole & dexchlorpheniramine maleate yesterday. increased white lumpy discharge. is this normal?

Vaginal discharge: Studies show in the evaluation of a woman with vaginal discharge a pregnancy test and urinalysis are useful. If you have external itching with the discharge then it probably is a yeast infection. Does the discharge have odor? Lots of women have a mixed infection with BV urine STI panel may be helpful. One solution is to use vaginal suppositories such as terconazole for 3 nights see MD ...Read more

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Can taking the OTC chlorpheniramine maleate (antihistamine) make you sweaty?

Can taking the OTC chlorpheniramine maleate (antihistamine) make you sweaty?

Possible, unlikely: It can cause you to be sweaty, but this would be unlikely. ...Read more

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I regularly take a four-hour antihistamine, chlorpheniramine maleate, because it seems to help with digestion. Are there any issues with extended use?

I regularly take a four-hour antihistamine, chlorpheniramine maleate, because it seems to help with digestion. Are there any issues with extended use?

Yes: First is tolerance, meaning that you would have to increase the dose to get the same effect. Second, side effects are more prone to appear with extended use, and some are serious, hence the need of medical supervision. Third, it isn't meant to help digestion, if you have a problem with digestion / indigestion and not resolved , you need to see your doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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What are sedating antihistamines for insomnia?

What are sedating antihistamines for insomnia?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine).....: is probably the most readily available sedating antihistamine. It is a common ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) preparations for sleep, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM -- the PM part is diphenhydramine, the generic name for Benadryl. Another one I like to use is hydroxyzine (also known as Vistaril or Atarax) but that is only available as a prescription, however its metabolite is Zyrtec, which is OTC. ...Read more

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I understand that one cannot become addicted to antihistamines, however, can't people become addicted to the sedating effects of drugs?

Tolerance: You become tolerant to the sedative effect of first generation antihistamines and with time you will no longer feel sedated from them. If you are using then as a sleep aid, will you need more with time to achieve the same level of sedation. It is not an addiction, it is tolerance to the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more


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Polaramine (Definition)

Polaramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more