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Does Claritin Do The Same Job As Benadryl
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
Preferably no: Claritin d should last approximately 24 hours, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last about 3-4 hours. For treatment of allergic rhinitis or general allergy control most people do not need to take both at the same time. There are some circumstances where both may be taken on the same day but you should be followed and directed by an allergist if you are using so much antihistamines to control your symptoms. Read more
Hello docs. I was wondering can you take Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the same time?
Preferably no: Claritin should last approximately 24 hours, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) last about 3-4 hours. For usually treatment of allergic rhinitis or general allergy control most people do not need to take both at the same time. There are some circumstances where both may be taken on the same day but you should be followed and directed by an allergist if you are using so much antihistamines to control your symptoms. Read more
Claritin (loratadine) and Benadry: Hello. You can take both. Dedications at the recommended doses on the same day. Read more
Yes, but: Yes, but why would they? They are both antihistamines and therefore do the same job. Read more
Yes you can: You can take both medications at the same time providing that you follow the recommended otc doses. Read more
I gave my 2 yr old benadryl but was given claritin from her pediatrician, is it safe to give both in the same day?
Yes: I usually pick one or the other, but claritin as a good safety profile and few side effects. It does not aggravate the sedation common to benedryl so overlapping them is fine. Benedryl is a bit more effective, but wears off in about 4 hours. Claritin has longer term benefit (a day) but can take a day or two to build its effect. As I said, one or the other in the future. Read more
I don't have benadryl (diphenhydramine) but I do have Claritin d. I'm having an allergic reaction and it causes welts and itching. Can I take the Claritin to get the same effect benadryl (diphenhydramine) has?
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Can my 8 yr old child who has heart disease take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time?
Overdoing It: No. Please do not do this. There is so much evidence in medicine that more is not better. One should not mix medications that are similar in nature unless instructed to do so by a doctor. One does not give a child both Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 3 year old has allergies which I treat with Claritin, but now he has hives on his legs! Can I give him Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin at the same time?
Why should you?: Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin) is a mainly non-sedating antihistamine. Diphenhydramine is very sedating and affects the brain if if you don't feel sedated. In severe itching or welts, taking more that the recommended dose of antihistamines is acceptable. I would suggest you double-up on loratadine rather than adding the other and even then only if absolutely necessary. Read more
Work differently: Claritin in a non-drowsy antihistamine. It doesn't cause sleepiness, but you need to use it every day for it to work really well. It's lousy for severe allergic reactions because it takes days to be fully effective. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and only lasts for six hours, but is great for severe allergic reactions and works very quickly. If you're exposed and need help now, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Not sure there is any data that would support that claim. Read more
Is it ok to take 10mg of Claritin and one Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with lisinopril? Is there any interaction between Lisinopril and Benedryl?
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