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Yes: Claritin is a second generation antihistamine which causes much less drowsiness than first generation antihistamine, like benadryl (diphenhydramine). The number of people who feel drowsy on Claritin is so low that it is labeled "non-drowsy". But each of us is unique. I have plenty of patients who feel drowsy on claritin, especially petite women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: All 3 of the mentioned new generation antihistamines (zyrtec, allegra, (fexofenadine) clarinex) are effective for treating allergic rhinitis and hives. What's interesting is that each individual person may respond better to one over the other. While every allergist probably has his/her favorite, truth is...They all work. If not happy with one, try a different one! ...Read more
Anti histaminic: Claritin (loratadine) is a prescription anti-histaminic (anti-allergic) medication which has less of a tendency to cause sleepiness as a side effect. Diphenhydramine (benadryl) is not in Claritin (loratadine) but it is an over the counter anti-histamine of slightly higher potency than claritin, (loratadine) but a much stronger tendency to cause drowsiness. ...Read more
Not exactly: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is diphenydramine, an old first generation antihistamines that lasts about 6 hours and can cause drowsiness and other side effects. Claritin (loratadine) is a new generation antihistamine that can last 24 hours and has less side effects. At this time, there is no real advantage to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) unless a person also wants some sleep.... ...Read more
Probably yes.: Many people report their 'daily' non-sedating antihistamine in the am does not provide relief until next am. So, if no concerns for gu/heart/bp/med-conflict issues, then they often take a 'sedating' antihistamine at night for continued symptom relief and 'bonus' of sleep aid effect. ...Read more
Antihistamine: Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) polaramine, chlortrimeton etc., are old time antihistamines used for runny nose, sneezing, itching, and other allergies. They are very effective but can cause drowsiness and should be avoided in day time. Carefully read all the side effects. Zyrtec , Claritin & Allegra are newer antihistamines, with lot less drowsiness or other side effects. They work fairly well for most people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What antihistamine would be comparable to fexofenadine (allegra)? Is Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec comparable?
None of these: These medications are antihistamines which counter the affects of allergies. They are not antibiotics which are typically prescribed for sinus infections. Decongestants and sinus rinses may help with the symptoms associated with the sinus infection, but these antihistamine medications, in my experience, do little for this condition. ...Read more
Close: Xyzal (levocetirizine) (levo-cetirizine) is the r-isomer, of zyrtec (cetirizine). Medications are usually a combination of r + s (called racemic). Typically only the r side contributes to the clinically meaningful action of the drug. So, the companies have been able to separate the active r side from the inactive s- side. This means it may be as or more effective at half the dose. ...Read more
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