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How Much Claritin Can I Take
I got an adverse reaction to advil. Rash all over. Looks like urticaria. I took one 10 mg claritin. Can I take another soon after? Painful itchy hives
Yes: If the hives are itchy, you may up the dose of Claritin to 4 x daily but this may cause some drowsiness. Allegra is another option. If the problem gets worse, you will need to see your doctor. Consult an allergist to find out whether you are "sensitive" to all NSAIDs or only to Advil. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Who knows: Work for what? Claritin supposedly starts working within 90 minutes. But Claritin is also the weakest binding antihistamine sold over the counter. Personally, i feel Claritin is a waste of money. Use a stronger antihistamine like fexofenadine or Cetirizine which cause minimal to no sedation. Use Benadryl only at nighttime because it can make you drowsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I take Claritin in am & Allegra in pm? Used that too much? It seems as if I cannot get my allergies under control.
Yes, but: Uncontrolled allergy symptoms need more than just having more antihistamines, I'm not sure if you have been evaluated by an allergist, environmental history is important in addition to rest of medical history, good thorough physical examination and appropriate tests for the right diagnosis, see an allergist or have a second opinion, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, ...Read more
I took a zyrtec at 3 pm and it hasn't done much. The Zyrtec is labeled 24hr, but is it safe to take a 24hr Claritin D at 7am?
Can allergies make you swell up and retain water? I notice when i take Claritin it lasts longer than Benadryl and im not retaining fluids as much
Unexpected: If you mean swelling which lasts hours at a time, it is not from water retention and is called angioedema. Water retention tends to be most noticeable at the legs and ankles and would dent if you press your finger against the area. Claritin does not relieve water retention but may reduce angioedema and yes it has a longer duration of action than benadryl. ...Read more
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