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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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I just took a claritin (loratadine) about 6 hours ago and just took a zyrtec is that okay? Also Im not sure if I have a cold or allergies, I think its both :(. Ive been using the zicam hopefully it will make it go away. What do u suggest? thank u so much

I just took a claritin (loratadine) about 6 hours ago and just took a zyrtec is that okay? Also Im not sure if I have a cold or allergies, I think its both :(. Ive been using the zicam hopefully it will make it go away. What do u suggest? thank u so much

See your doctor: Or an allergist, seems your symptoms need more control and OTC drugs aren't working. No harm of combining claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec 6 hours apart, but don't repeat without doctor's advice. Zicam is controversial and the FDA issued a warning about using the product and there was a recall. Check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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I'm currently living in Paraguay and I take Zyrtec and Flonase everyday for allergies. This week I added a pill with Sudafed and Claritin in it to clear up extra sinus trouble from a cold, but now I'm having stomachaches and trouble sleeping. Is the pseud

I'm currently living in Paraguay and I take Zyrtec and Flonase everyday for allergies. This week I added a pill with Sudafed and Claritin in it to clear up extra sinus trouble from a cold, but now I'm having stomachaches and trouble sleeping.
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Pseudoephe: Insomnia is a common side effect from pseudoephedrine and I have not recommended it use for at least a decade. Be sure to aim the Flonase towards the sides of the nose and not in the center and see if this works better. If not, time to see a doctor to see if you may have a sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can you take Claritin and Zyrtec together?

Can you take Claritin and Zyrtec together?

NO: they are both antihistamines and would not be useful or safe taken together! Hope this helps Dr z ...Read more

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Can i take a Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

yes but: You should not take them unless you checked with a doctor and it all depends what you are trying to treat. They work the same, so adding one may not give you the results you are seeking. ...Read more

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Can i take both zyrtec amd claritin (loratadine)?

Can i take both zyrtec amd claritin (loratadine)?

You shouldn't: Both medications are in the same class called non-sedating antihistamines and are effective for 24 hours. They should not be taken at the same time. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

No problem: At higher doses, for allergic rhinitis, you don't get much better effects. For chronic hives, higher doses of antihistamines can sometimes give better results. ...Read more

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Is loratadine less severe than zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Is loratadine less severe than zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Loratadine is weaker: When loradine (claritin) was studied the manufacturer selected the lowest dose that gave a response better than placebo but didn't have more side effects than placebo. This caused it to be a fairly weakly effective med. As it wasn't studied at higher dose i can't speak to safety of higher doses. Personally, i find zyrtec (cetirizine) to be much more effective but may be more sedating. ...Read more

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Can i give my child zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Can i give my child zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Antihistamines: Both are third generation antihistamines and work effectively for allergies. However, zyrtec (cetirizine) may cause more drosiness. Do not take both at the same time. ...Read more

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Taking Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec at the same time?

Not necessary: Both Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are considered new generation antihistamines and have the same effects. If a person accidentally took these at the same time, there is likely no adverse effect, but there is really no need to take both for treatment of symptoms. If symptoms of allergies are not controlled, see an allergist for a better treatment plan. ...Read more

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Hi can i take zyrtec in the morning and claritin at night?

Not the Standard: Hi HPratt, Not really Zyrtec tablets and Claritin are usually once a day meds. They are 2 different antihistamines. Claritin does come in a 12 hour form. So you would take one in the am and one in the pm. Certainly you could use both antihistamines but it is not usually the standard of care. Thanks for your question Dr Lori Lange ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Is it possible for me to take zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Both antihistamines: Both Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are antihistamines. Each should last 24 hours for control of allergic rhinitis symptoms. However, some patients have more severe symptoms or may be using antihistamines for reasons other than allergic rhinitis and may require more frequent dosing of antihistamines including using Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec same day. Recommend this be done under allergist supervision. ...Read more

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Can i take a zyrtec and a Claritin (loratadine) in the same day?

Yes: Antihistamines are well tolerated even when the dose is doubled or when one is taking 2 kinds of antihistamines. ...Read more

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Is it btter to take a 20 mg of Zyrtec or 20 mg of Claritin (loratadine)?

Depends: Although Zyrtec is considered somewhat more potent than Claritin, (loratadine) the effect may vary from one person to another. Either can cause drowsiness at this dose. ...Read more

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What is the difference between zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) medicines?

Yes : Similarity: in the 2nd generation antihistamine class of drugs. Zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) are safe in pregnancy. Both can cause dryness and urinary symptoms as a sideffect differences: Claritin (loratadine) does not usually cause drowsiness. Zyrtec typically can. The time it takes to be effective vary as well. As far as effectiveness: depends on person. Zyrtec in some studies have been shown to be faster acting. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) in the morning and Zyrtec at night?

Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) in the morning and Zyrtec at night?

No additional benef: Since both of these meds work in very similar ways, there is likely to be very little additional benefit from using both, and much more likely to have side effects from the meds. if one alone is not working, talk to doc about what combination therapy may be more useful, including use of prescription med like Singulair (montelukast). Also need to delve into allergen prevention so you won't need as much meds. ...Read more

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I took claritin (loratadine) like around3 a.m is it ok to take zyrtec like 5-8 hrs later?

Once daily medicine: These are over the counter medicine and one should adhere to the dosing information on the label. ...Read more

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The zyrtec alone isnt helping. Anyone else take Claritin (loratadine) with zyrtec together?

The zyrtec alone isnt helping. Anyone else take Claritin (loratadine) with zyrtec together?

See below: That would not be advised. Again, treating allergies adequately, depends upon the symptoms you are having. For congestion, you need a decongestant, such as Allegra d. Also, nasal steroid sprays are an another alternative. ...Read more

Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
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Claritin (Definition)

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Cetirizine (Definition)

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