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How much do Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec help when you catch a cold?

How much do Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec help when you catch a cold?

Don't: These are antihistamines.. You do not need them. The cold symptoms will go away. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more


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If I take Claritin (loratadine) but it doesn't work because I have a more intense cold with allergies, can I take something else tonight like Benedryl?

Cold: Claritin (loratadine) will only relieve symptoms due to allergy not a viral cold. There are OTC medications for cold-related symptoms. Since you have not mentioned any of your symptoms from which you seek relief, Its not possible to make specific recommendation. You may ask your pharmacist for assistance in selecting the best medication for you, especially given your existing meds. ...Read more

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Can nyquil/dayquil help prevent a cold? Or is it only for after you get a cold? Can you use both?

Can nyquil/dayquil help prevent a cold? Or is it only for after you get a cold? Can you use both?

No and yes: They're not going to help prevent a cold, but you can take dayquil during the day and nyquil at night if you want. Don't take them together, as they both have all the same ingredients, except the dayquil has a decongestant also for congestion (but not the nyquil, because decongestants can often keep you awake). ...Read more

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Do you have any more tips how to cure a acute blocked nose (or just get a momentary relief) without using nasal spray or warm salty water?

Do you have any more tips how to cure a acute blocked nose (or just get a momentary relief) without using nasal spray or warm salty water?

Steam: If you heat water in a pan until it is steaming. Place a towel over your head and (keeping your face away from the pot), allow the steam to go through your nostrils. Do not burn yourself. If you want a less risky option, try taking a hot shower and allowing the steam to build up. ...Read more

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Is nyquil nighttime helpful to take if I am stuffed up and a sore throat to be able to sleep or is something else better? Tylenol (acetaminophen) c/f didnt help much

Is nyquil nighttime helpful to take if I am stuffed up and a sore throat to be able to sleep or is something else better? Tylenol (acetaminophen) c/f didnt help much

Ask your pharmacist: There are many different cold and flu concoctions available, and they target different symptoms. Ask you pharmacist to help you decide which OTC preparation can best help your symptoms. Pharmacists are very well educated and knowledgeable health care professionals, who can be a fount of assistance. If your symptoms persists more than a week or so, seek your doctors help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take fexofenadine and benedryl together. Or is there something else I can do to help with a dust mite allergy?

Can I take fexofenadine and benedryl together. Or is there something else I can do to help with a dust mite allergy?

Yes and yes: Though not risky, the above med combination is hart on many. The benedryl makes many people drowsy so it can interfere with life. There are OTC nasal steroid sprays that can decrease symptoms.Your nasal membranes are often the site where most discomfort is triggered. The sprays (rhinocort,nasocort,etc.) take several days to make a difference, but might help if used daily. ...Read more

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Can you take any thing with diphenhydramine in it to get rid of chiggers or do you prefer Benadryl to take? This itching is driving me crazy.

Can you take any thing with diphenhydramine in it to get rid of chiggers or do you prefer Benadryl to take? This itching is driving me crazy.

Same drug: Try taking up to 4 doses per day. If still having problem, check with your doctor who may put you on a short course of cortisone. ...Read more

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If you use nose sprays like nasonex (mometasone) during the spring, does the steroid lower your nose's immunity and make it more likely for you to catch colds?

If you use nose sprays like nasonex (mometasone) during the spring, does the steroid lower your nose's immunity and make it more likely for you to catch colds?

No: The local effect of the steroid is too low to affect your body's immune function..Which includes a lot more than steroids. The so called immune system is very complex..All it's details have not been fully studied. ...Read more

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Can it help to run a vaporizer w/ vaporizer med when you sleep if you have copd?

Can it help to run a vaporizer w/ vaporizer med when you sleep if you have copd?

Maybe: Depends on what you are trying to achieve. If nighttime awakening related to COPD is a problem, a bedtime nebulization could be helpful. Otherwise, a scheduled nebulization at night does not normally add any benefit. ...Read more

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I take a much needed daily zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies. Is it safe to continue to take it if I try to or do get pregnant?

I take a much needed daily zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies. Is it safe to continue to take it if I try to or do get  pregnant?

Cat B: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a category b medicine for pregnancy. Which means that, in animal studies, there is no evidence or very little evidence of problems with use in pregnancy. ...Read more

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I seem to get a cold every spring and fall. I'm wondering if these "colds" are really seasonal allergies. How can I tell?

I seem to get a cold every spring and fall. I'm wondering if these "colds" are really seasonal allergies. How can I tell?

If you tend to get "colds" that develop suddenly and occur at the same time every year, it's possible that you actually have seasonal allergies: Although colds and seasonal allergies may share some of the same symptoms, they are very different diseases. Common colds are caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are immune system responses triggered by exposure to allergens. Treatment of a common cold may include rest, pain relievers and over-the-counter cold remedies, such as decongestants. A cold usually lasts three to 10 days, although some may last as long as two weeks. Treatment of seasonal allergies may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants, and avoidance of exposure to allergens where possible. Seasonal allergies may last several weeks. ...Read more

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What does drixine nasal spray do to your nose when you use it for more than a year?

Rebound congestion: Drixine nasal spray contains oxymetazoline which is a nasal decongestant (vasoconstictor). If it is used for more than about 5-8 days in a row, some people can develop rhinitis medicamentosa which is a fancy word for rebound nasal congestion when a person tries to stop using it. The nasal congestion can be severe and difficult to treat and frequently prescription medication is needed. ...Read more

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Will Sudafed get rid of post nasal drip? If so, how long may it take to do so?

Will Sudafed get rid of post nasal drip? If so, how long may it take to do so?

Post nasal drip: Sudafed may help with a post-nasal drip. I don't recommend using it for more than 3 days consecutively, as doing so may cause a rebound effect and worsen the post-nasal drip. ...Read more

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Can I take fexofenadine 180. More than one a day? If I required? Does it helps me to protect from pollen?

Can I take fexofenadine 180. More than one a day? If I required? Does it helps me to protect from pollen?

Yes: We have used up to 4x/day dose for chronic hives and thus it is safe even at that dose frequency. Don't expect to get relief in the nasal congestion however because you will to have a decongestant pill to achieve that. In general a nasal steroid will be more effective. If medications fail, then you will need to consult an allergist. ...Read more

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I don't take Sudafed because it makes me feel jittery. What else can I try OTC or home remedy to relieve sinus congestion/achiness/ pressure?

I don't take Sudafed because it makes me feel jittery. What else can I try OTC or home remedy to relieve sinus congestion/achiness/ pressure?

You can try: oral antihistamines such as Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Chlortrimeton, Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, etc, or nasal spray such as Afrin or neosynephrine, Also use a vaporizer to increase humidity. Avoid dehydration by taking plenty of fluids. If these don't work, it is time to see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
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Claritin (Definition)

Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Cetirizine (Definition)

Ceftirizine is the generic name of an antihistamine previously marketed under the ...Read more