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How Much Clariton Can You Take For Hives
3 days to reach peak: Claritin (loratadine) (loratidine) takes 3 days to reach a steady state, so it could take that long for it to work on hives. Other non-drowsy antihistamines are a better choice: Allegra (fexofenadine) reaches peak effect within 2 hours and Zyrtec (cetirizine) reaches peak effect in 1-2 hours. If you see no benefit at all within 5 hours of taking these, they probably will not work for you. ...Read more
Yes, but: Claritin (loratadine) is effective for hives (urticaria) but it may take more than an hour to see the good effects. There is no harm in taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but realize that this antihistamine can cause drowsiness. Some allergists will use higher than usual doses of Claritin for control of hives. ...Read more
I'm taking zyrtec for severe case of hives. Was told to take Claritin (loratadine) in between if needed. I need more. Can I overdose if I take a second claritin (loratadine)?
I have hives caused by antibiotics. Benadryll not tolerated during the day. I was told by walk in to take tagament and claritin (loratadine). Why the tagament?
True allergy to benadryl (diphenhydramine). Can I take claritin? Are they different enough that it shouldn't give me the instant hives that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) does?
I drink alcohol while on Claritin (loratadine) which I take regularly for chronic hives. Is that okay/safe?
Most likely, but....: Mixing Claritin (loratadine) with alcohol may or may not cause problems. Generally claritin (loratadine) does not cause drowsiness, but people who develop drowsiness due to this drug are at an increased risk of experiencing negative effects due to such drug interaction; therefore they are advised to avoid drinking alcohol. ...Read more
Itchy hives from amoxicillin allergy - do I need to do anything or just take claritin (loratadine)?
Depends on severity: Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec will help with the itching; a more severe rash may require treatment with prednisone. In most cases, the rash simply goes away within a few days of stopping the antibiotic. Treatment for the rash simply depends on how badly it bothers you. At any rate, you need to stop the antibiotic and notify your doctor if you get a rash while taking it. ...Read more
Claritin (loratadine) does not take away my terrible hives caused by macrobid, will zyrtec do the job?
I take Claritin (loratadine) daily for chronic hives. Can I drink alcohol? Like a glass or two of wine?
My doctor gave me prednisone 20mg daily for my itchy hives, can I still take my nightly doxepin and daily claritin (loratadine) 10mg?
I got an adverse reaction to advil. Rash all over. Looks like urticaria. I took one 10 mg claritin (loratadine). Can I take another soon after? Painful itchy hives
Yes: If the hives are itchy, you may up the dose of Claritin (loratadine) 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 more
I'm breastfeeding my almost 2 week old and I have severe hives on my feet. Prednisone isn't working. I'm on the tapering format. Can I take Claritin?
Yes: You can, but don't exceed recommended dosage except under doctor's supervision, best wishes ...Read more
Hy husband has hives for 3 days- very itchy. No other symptoms. Gave him Claritin (loratadine) one day and Allegra another. Helps but not much. Could I give both?
I had hives for about 6 weeks and Claritin (loratadine) got rid if them- does this mean the hives were definitely caused by an allergy? Is another cause possible?
Will Claritin (loratadine) protect against drug allergies for a full 24hrs? Is it safe to use it if I've had hives from other, unrelated antihistamine pills?
What can I do to get rid of my hives other than taking benadryl (diphenhydramine)? Nothing else really helps (claritin, creams, etc.) I still get them frequently.
Woke up with 2 puncture holes, and itchy welts, and eyes? Took a Claritin, (loratadine) and hives better. Holes still there? Should I be concerned?
Gave my 2 year old son Claritin at bedtime for an outbreak of hives. Wasn't that effective. Safe to try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tonight? He is also on daily flovent.
Not benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an inferior antihistamine and sometimes makes children crazy/dopey. You neglect to mention DOSE. This is crucial. You give no clue about the nature of "hives" which makes a huge difference. Does he still have "hives"? Best see a dermatologist for diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation. There are several kinds of hives and various remedies. Meanwhile you can try 5 to 10mg cetirizine (Zyrt ...Read more
I have hives that started after insect bite more than a week back. I started taking zyrtec. Then benadryl (diphenhydramine) and now started claritin today. The symptoms?
Are you switching?: UWhat you didn't tell me is how you took the medications? If he if the Zyrtec wasn't working and you switch to the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and then again to Claritin, that is not surprising because you're going from a stronger to a weeker medication. Now, if you added the three, you may be dealing with a the start of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria and it would be helpful to explore other causes and treatments. ...Read more
I think have the hives because I have random red spots and swollen lips. Is Claritin good or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) better?
Zyrtec (cetirizine) (Cetitizine): If these are recurrent, see an allergiist for the propper diagnosis and treatment. For otc (over the counter) medication, most allergists prefer zyrtec (cetirizine) because it has more anti-inflamatory properties and lasts 24 hours. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) generally lasts 4 to 6 hours and causes more drowsiness, if the patient gets drowsy on zyrtec they might try Allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more
I have had hives for 3 months. Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin, atarax, zyrtec, chlor-trimeton made things worse. Zantac did not help. What should I do?
Troublesome problem: Chronic hives are difficult. Your list of medicines is typical and some find that tagomet can provide some relief but you may be better served by seeing an allergist & having some testing done. If you can identify a food or other trigger that you could avoid you might have better luck. ...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
Claritin (loratadine) and prednisone; can these be taken together to treat severe hive outbreak for a 15 year old?
Yes: Using an antihistamine like Claritin (loratadine) in conjunction with prednisone, a steroid which decreases inflammation, is a good combination for treating hives. Look back to see if you can identify any triggers for the hives...Foods, additives, new laundry soap, products. It is a challenge to figure out the causes. Start keeping a food and beverage and product log. ...Read more
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