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Is Allegra Better Than Claritin
Fexofenadine is an antihistamine which is used to treat allergies such as hayfever, and hives. It can be taken once or twice a day. It is a second generation antihistamine and does not cause as much drowsiness as other antihistamines such as Diphenhydramine (benaryl) or chlorpheniramine. Always be careful about drowsiness with any antihistamine especially if driving ...Read more
Not necessary: Both Allegra (fexofenadine) and Claritin (loratadine) are new generation antihistamines. There is no particular advantage to taking both together. On the other hand, there is probably no harm either. If symptoms are not controlled with antihistamines, see your doctor to confirm your diagnosis and get appropriate treatment.See 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Both Allegra and Claritin (loratadine) are antihistamines. They also come as "d" products which means they also contain a decongestant. The d products should not be taken more than prescribed. The antihistamine products are sometime recommended to be taken on the same day in the case of hives not controlled by only one. This should only be at the recommendation of your physician.See 1 more doctor answer
Not recommended: Those are both drugs of the same classification, antihistamines. They should not be taken together, one or the other. If you need more help with your allergies, you should see your primary care doctor, an allergist, or an ENT allergist. There are many other rx that can be used. You could benefit from allergy testing and a detailed nasal and sinus exam.
Yes, but why: Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra are both new generation antihistamines while the d is pseudoephedrine, a decongestant. Typically one or the other medication should be sufficient, although there are no drug interactions or side effects. If you think you need both, see an allergist for a better treatment plan.
Yes, but use caution: What are you taking them for is most important. Oral antihistamines can cause drowsiness although Allegra (fexofenadine) does not cross the blood brain barrier. The best treatment is to see an allergist for specific treatment. Also, choose whichever antihistamine works best and you can use this twice daily instead of one of each.
Yes: Mix and match is okGet a more detailed answer ›
You can but: Both are non sedating antihistames take one or, too many pills not good. You can take them 12 hrs apart just for 5--7 days oce or twice a year.
Yes: But if you continue to have bothersome symptoms despite taking two 24-hour antihistamines in one day, you should see your physician for further advice.
Can I take an Allegra if I have taken a Claritin (loratadine)? I was out of Allegra this morning and Claritin (loratadine) isn't helping.
For 5--7 days: Find out the root cause of allergies rather than 2 antihistamines.
Most would say no...: The party line is no antihistamines for children under 2 -6 years old. However, if you contact your pediatrician, some can calculate a "weight per miligram" dose that would be "safe" for the size/age of your child. Allegra/claritin are non sedating antihistamines. Benadryl/zyrtec are sedating. Use at this age is usually indicated for allergic reactions such as hives or insect bite reactions.See 1 more doctor answer
NOT RECOMMENDED: Why would you do that any way?See 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but why: Zyrtec, Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra are all new generation antihistamines. While there is no contraindication to taking them on the same day, usually it is not necessary. If symptoms are not controlled, consider seeing an allergist to identify the trigger---with allergen avoidance, comes less symptoms and less medication!
I used to take 1 claritin/day. Since it stopped working, I started with 1 Allegra (fexofenadine) 180 mg. This works for only 3-4 hours. Any advice?
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