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Can Claritin (loratadine) non-drowsy antihistamine still cause drowsiness?

Can Claritin (loratadine) non-drowsy antihistamine still cause drowsiness?

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 more

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Non drowsy Claritin (loratadine) is making me hyper, why?

Non drowsy Claritin (loratadine) is making me hyper, why?

Individual variance: Any medication can produce non-typical effects on some of the population that is not seen in others. Claritin (loratadine) does not seem to cross into the brain in most people, allowing for a lack of sedation for most.However, all of us have some differences in how our body reacts to some medications ant this can be one of them. For you, the medication likely reaches your brain and causes stimulation. ...Read more

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Is non drowsy Claritin (loratadine) ok to take whike breastfeeding?

Yes: This is one of the best tolerated antihistamine preparations for breastfeeding.Transfer into milk is negligible as is effect on milk volume. ...Read more

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Is loratadine like benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Is loratadine like benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Kinda mostly: Loratadine is a 'non-sedating antihistamine, ' and Diphenhydramine (/benadryl) is a sedating antihistamine (aka: older / h1 & h2 blocker), so yes, they are close cousins in intended effects--just differ in side effects. ...Read more

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Are non-drowsy antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) effective for treating asthma?

Not directly: Claritin is useful to reduce the symptoms of allergies, especially post nasal drip. It should be used with other medications. Mid you are having serious allergic symptoms that worsen your asthma, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Where can I buy Non drowsy Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Where can I buy Non drowsy Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Oxymoron: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is often associated with drowsiness although not everyone is affected to the same extent. ...Read more

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Is Claritin comparable to benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Is Claritin comparable to benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Both AH: Both act in similar fashion except that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and dry mouth in a much higher percentage of people and it works for just a few hours vs claritin's nearly 24 hours duration of action. ...Read more

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Loratidine non drowsy does it keep you awake?

No: Loratadine is an antihistamine and should not keep one awake. If the antihistamine is paired with a decongestant then there is the potential that this combination could keep one awake. ...Read more

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Is there anything stronger than claratin or loratadin for allergies? Only non drowsy medications

Is there anything stronger than claratin or loratadin for allergies? Only non drowsy medications

Allergies: good question. Not really taking the drug between 4 to 6 pm helps not the D form) as that is before things bloom adding in a nasal steroid spray (which is otc) in the am also helps. Your doctor could add in singulair (montelukast) at bedtime as well. Bad season this year ...Read more

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Chlorpheniramine maleate or allegra (fexofenadine) which is safer?

Chlorpheniramine maleate or allegra (fexofenadine) which is safer?

Both: Antihistamines are extremely safe. Any antihistamine can cause drowsiness, but second-generation antihistamines are much less likely to do so. Drowsiness with chlorpheniramine is the biggest side effect to watch for, between these two meds. ...Read more

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Will the non drowsy robitussin (guaifenesin) keep me awake?

Will the non drowsy robitussin (guaifenesin) keep me awake?

No.: It should not keep you awake. It may cause heartbeat irregularities but not wakefulness. ...Read more

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Claritin versus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for kids?

Claritin versus Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for kids?

Work differently: Claritin in a non-drowsy antihistamine. It doesn't cause sleepiness, but you need to use it every day for it to work really well. It's lousy for severe allergic reactions because it takes days to be fully effective. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and only lasts for six hours, but is great for severe allergic reactions and works very quickly. If you're exposed and need help now, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better. ...Read more

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Which is best zyrtec allegra (fexofenadine) claranex?

Which is best zyrtec allegra (fexofenadine) claranex?

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

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Is zyrtec (cetirizine) more powerful than OTC allergy medicines?

Is zyrtec (cetirizine) more powerful than OTC allergy medicines?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) is OTC: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is otc and is considered a more potent antihistamine than some others. However everyone responds to medication differently. ...Read more

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Which is better allegra or claritin (loratadine)?

Allegra (fexofenadine): There is more evidence that Allegra is effective. Claritin (loratadine) is really only marginally effective. ...Read more

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Are there any new, more effective allergy meds than zyrtec, claratin, allegra (fexofenadine)...etc.?

Are there any new, more effective allergy meds than zyrtec, claratin, allegra (fexofenadine)...etc.?

Allergies - hayfever: Everyone is unique and that includes the distribution of histamine receptors that we all have. Thus some anti-histamines work well for some people while other meds don't. It's a matter of finding the right antihistamine for u. Older meds like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might actually be worth a try. Seeing an allergist would be best as there are new meds just coming out now for allergies (grastek, oralair, Ragwitek ...Read more

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What antihistamine would be comparable to fexofenadine (allegra)? Is Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec comparable?

What antihistamine would be comparable to fexofenadine (allegra)?  Is Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec comparable?

All similar: The various antihistamines such as fexofenidine, Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are comparable for allergy symptoms. Some people will find that one medication works better for them than another one. ...Read more

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