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Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) D that expired March of 2014?

Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) D that expired March of 2014?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ashraf Abdel Azeem
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Claritin (Definition)

Claritin is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Is it safe to take an expired children's claritin (loratadine)?

Is it safe to take an expired children's claritin (loratadine)?

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. ...Read more

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I have pollen allergy & expired claritins (loratadine) what happens if i take 2 tablets?

I have pollen allergy & expired claritins (loratadine) what happens if i take 2 tablets?

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. ...Read more

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Is taking 2 Claritin (loratadine) + d. overdosing?

Is taking 2 Claritin (loratadine) + d. overdosing?

Not if: They are the 12 hour pills, yes if the 24 hour pills. ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin (loratadine) after taking canesoral?

Can I take Claritin (loratadine) after taking canesoral?

Yes: Canesoral or Fluconazole is related to ketoconazole. These antifungals migh inhibit Loratadine metabolism reulting in increased concentration. This increase appears not to be of concern. ...Read more

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How long after taking Claritin (loratadine) will you feel better?

1-2 hours: While Claritin (loratadine) is rapidly absorbed, it takes about1.2 hours to reach maximum concentration in the body. If taken with food this can delay it another hour. Therefore, about 1-2 hours. ...Read more

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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.

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. ...Read more

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Taking 20mg loratadine daily - is that a problem?

Taking 20mg loratadine daily - is that a problem?

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. ...Read more

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Side effects of taking two claritin (loratadine)?

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. ...Read more

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Taking claritin, (loratadine) can I take nyquil too?

Antihistamines: Nyquil contains a sedating antihistamine and Claritin (loratadine) is a non-sedating antihistamine. It is very unlikely that there would be adverse effects from taking these at the same time at usual doses. ...Read more