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Does Claritin Do The Same Job As Benadryl
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...
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No: Both are allergy medications, but not the same medication. ...Read more
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 more
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?
Yes: Those two medications work very differently on allergies, and it is ok short term for a few days to combine the two if you need to. Also make sure he gets plenty to drink as both of these tend to dry up mucous membranes and he may feel very thirsty. ...Read more
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 more
See below: Not sure there is any data that would support that claim. ...Read more
Need reason: If bad allergies or eczema then maybe. ...Read more
Is it ok to take 10mg of Claritin and one Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with lisinopril? Is there any interaction between Lisinopril and Benedryl?
I took Claritin 24 hours, 12 hours ago but my allergies are out of control again. Can I take half a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with my itchiness?
Yes: Adding Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is fine. If your allergies are out of control you might want to consider adding medicated nasal sprays to your treatment regimen. Consider seeing an Allergist so that you can get better relief. Skin testing to determine sensitivities to indoor and outdoor allergens is useful. If you fail both medications and avoidance measures you might want to consider allergy shots. ...Read more
5 1/2 yr old takes children's Claritin every am but is still plagued with allergic cough - worse at night. Ok to dose with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the pm?
Yes: Be sure to speak with your pediatrician or allergy-immunology specialist regarding an appropriate dose for your child's weight. Often times severe allergies are treated with antihistamines alone like claritin/nondrowsy and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together. Other options are available if Benadryl (diphenhydramine) doesn't work. Sedation and dry mouth are common side effects. Consider saline spray and environmental changes. ...Read more
My doctor put me on loratadine 10mg antihistamine, one tablet every 24 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after I've already taken loratadine for 2 days now. Is this safe?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) - no drive: Loratadine rarely causes drowsiness unless taken with medications such as erythromycin, cimetidine or ketoconazole. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) affects our brain even if don't feel sedated. If you absolutely need to take both medications, take loratadine AM and Benadryl before you go to bed. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my doctor put me on loratadine 10mg antihistamine, one tablet every 24 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after I've already taken loratadine for 2 days now?
Depends on Problem: If you were put on loratadine for allergies and it is not responding to the medication you can take the loratadine in the morning and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. But, there are other allergy medicine that may help you more. I would suggest letting your doctor know you are not getting relief. Also, be careful with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as it can be sedating and driving with it is a DUI in many states. ...Read more
Could use your help docs! My doctor put me on loratadine 10mg antihistamine, one tablet every 24 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after I've already taken loratadine for 2 days now?
Antihistamines: Not sure what the medical issue is that you are treating, you can use 2 antihistamines a day if your doctor belives you need them. ...Read more
Probably yes.: Many people report their 'daily' non-sedating antihistamine in the am does not provide relief until next am. So, if no concerns for gu/heart/bp/med-conflict issues, then they often take a 'sedating' antihistamine at night for continued symptom relief and 'bonus' of sleep aid effect. ...Read more
Zyrtec and Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Hello. These two antihistamines taken together will probably cause sedation. As physicians, we often times double up on antihistamines in challenging cases but I usually use non-sedating antihistamines when I do this. There are other medications that may work better than this combination. Check with your doctor for other options. ...Read more
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