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Yes: Loratadine is an antihistamine (decrease itching, runny nose)and phenylephrine is a decongestant (decrease stuffiness, congestion). Decongestants like phenylephrine may be used for a short duration to relieve congestive symptoms. Need to monitor your blood pressure as it can cause very elevated blood pressures while on this medicine. ...Read more
Are there any differences between the different brands that manufacture loratadine? Say loradine® and lorfast?
Sure is possible: FDA works hard to assure biocompatibilities among generics and vs. Their patented counterparts. Still, individuals can and do experience differences. I assume you speak of sedation with loratadine? Many say they experience sedation even with branded Claritin (and placebo pills, BTW). ...Read more
Are Loradine and Loratadine the same? My doctor prescribed me the former, but the pharmacist gave me the latter
Doctor prescribed me with loratadine from Loradine® & I visited a GP but they only have loratadine by Lorfast, will it affect my condition (allergy)?
Should be similar: Different brands of the same ingredient, loratadine, should have the same effect on a person's symptoms. Loratadine in the U.S. has the brand name Claritin, and is also sold under many generic names. If the dosage is the same (usually 10mg), and the formulation is the same (usually a tablet), then the effect is expected to be the same. ...Read more
Are there any non-sedative antihistamines that work like doxylamine? It is the only drug that helps my allergies. Claritin/lortadine do not help.
Doxylamine has anti-allergy power superior to almost every other antihistamine on the market, with the exception of Diphenhydramine (benadryl), which is also sedating.
Other than claritin/loratadine, there are other non-sedating antihistamines such as allergra (fexofenadine). Zyrtec (cetirizine) (ceterizine) is generally non-sedating although ~5% feel sedated with it. ...Read more