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Taking Expired Claritin
Expired meds safe: Here is an article from Harvard discussing how safe most expired medications are: http://www. Health. Harvard. Edu/staying-healthy/drug-expiration-dates-do-they-mean-anything. Basically, research has shown that expired meds in good condition are likely fine to use. The expiration date is the date on which the responsibility for the potency of the drug shifts from the manufacturer to the consumer.See 1 more doctor answer
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Probably: The safety profile of the drug is quite good. What you loose after expiration is assurance of it's effectiveness. It is unlikely to hurt you but may not be as effective.
Is it safe to take Claritin that expired about a year and 3 months ago? My allergies are really acting up and I'm not sure if it's safe to take them?
Claritin: Claritin can be purchased over the counter. Why take a risk if you don't have to.
It is OK: The origional dose studies were up to 40mg/day. The most cost effective dose for adults was the 10mg. The medication like this does not suddenly go bad like out dated milk so you are probably ending up with more than 10mg anyway.See 1 more doctor answer
Not if: They are the 12 hour pills, yes if the 24 hour pills.
Is there any risk of opportunistic diseases when taking Loratadine 30 mg/day regularly? I take 20 mg in morning, and 10 mg in evening when coughing.
Not helpful: Higher doses of Loratadine are probably not helpful. Cetirizine and fexofenadine are SIGNIFICANTLY stronger antihistamines than loratadine. See an ENT allergist or other allergist to talk about other medications, such as steroid nasal sprays and leukotriene inhibitors, allergy drops or shots. Cough with allergy is likely asthma, and an inhaler would be more helpful.
Why: Most studies show no significant side effects at this dose level in adults. They also show no increase in benefit by doubling the dose. Perhaps a trial of fexofenadine would be in order to see if another non sedating antihistamine would be more effective for you. Each person needs to find the med that works best for them. Its a bit more expensive, but sometimes works better.See 1 more doctor answer
Not much: Many people are prescribed antihistamines at greater than standard doses to treat various conditions. Taking two of the standard 10mg tablets should not do much other than possibly make you sleepy. If you are going to take two don't drive or plan on working after you take them.See 1 more doctor answer
Maybe ok, but...: Claritin is a once a day antihistamine, but some forms of it are every-12-hours. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an every-6-hours antihistamine, but some forms are every-12-hours. If one takes a normal dose of Claritin and then a normal dose of benadryl (diphenhydramine), (diphenhydramine) it's unproven that there will be any extra benefit, but the person will be drowsy from the benadryl (diphenhydramine). They are mild-mannered meds, so a bad reaction isn't expected.
I have been taking Claritin (loratadine) for my common cold but I did not improve ; what do you suggest?
Does it hurt to take regular Claritin (loratadine) 24 hrs a couple hours early? I am also taking phenylephine
No: Many people take 2 tablets (20 mg) a day. Keep in mind that there is a risk of drowsiness at this level. A few hours early should be fine in most cases.
I don't get drowsy at all taking loratadine. Should I be still concerned about possible interactions with alcohol?
Used a drug: Interaction checker - no significant interactions were noted.