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How To Take Claritin
Depends, 1 daily: If you are using Claritin for control of allergic nasal and eye symptoms, one tablet a day is all you need. If you are using Claritin for other medical condition such as chronic hives then your allergist may recommend a higher dose such as twice daily or even 3 times daily. If you are using Claritin more than once a day you should be using the medication under direct allergist supervision. ...Read more
Depends: Claritin (loratadine) 10 mg is dosed once a day. To get the best results, it should be taken before the allergy season begins and before a known allergen exposure (such as going to a home with a cat if you are cat allergic). Claritin also comes in a combination with a decongestant (pseudoephedrine), called Claritin d24 (taken once a day) and Claritin d12 (taken twice a day about 12 hours apart). ...Read more
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 (diphenhydramine) only at nighttime because it can make you drowsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pretty Quickly: Most antihistamines will start to work within the first 30-40 minutes. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your doctor: If your symptoms are not controlled with a normal dose, you should be evaluated for other causes and treatments. 2nd-generation antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) are usually very safe, and we sometimes recommend doses higher-than-normal doses for certain conditions. But these conditions are best managed with the help of your doctor--see your doctor before taking more than the recommended dose. ...Read more
Yes, but why?: Studies of loritadine show the medication is well tolerated at twice the recommended 10 mg dose. However, the same studies show no added benefit of the double dose in symptom relief over the regular dose schedule. ...Read more
Yes: Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) are pregnancy category B medications which means that animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus, but there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. That said, I frequently use these medications with my pregnant patients. Allegra (fexofenadine) is category C so avoid this medication if possible. ...Read more
Rarely, yes.: In certain situations of severe allergy such as chronic urticaria, recurrent anaphylaxis or mast cell activation disorders, it would be recommended to take higher than normal doses antihistamines. Be sure you are consulting with your physician if normal daily doses of antihistamines are not helping you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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