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What's causing my tiredness, pollen allergies or the Claritin (loratadine) I take for it? I have been so tired since pollen season started.

What's causing my tiredness, pollen allergies or the Claritin (loratadine) I take for it? I have been so tired since pollen season started.

Sleep: Sleep apnea could be the main reason but Claritin (loratadine) does have a mild sedative effect in some more than others. Sleep disruption because of allergy symptoms is also common. Allergy itself is not supposed to cause tiredness but I can't deny that many patients do have this problem. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Have taken allegra, claritin, (loratadine) and zyrtec to help with my allergies this season. None of them have relieved my symptoms. Any other OTC for relief?

Have taken allegra, claritin, (loratadine) and zyrtec to help with my allergies this season. None of them have relieved my symptoms. Any other OTC for relief?

Nasalcrom (cromolyn): Over the counter options include Nasalcrom nasal spray. Some people find neil med sinus rinses are helpful as well. Others find that Allegra d or zyrtec d pills can help. If these do not help see your doctor to get some prescription nose sprays ...Read more

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I have real bad allergies threw the season change. Claritin doesn't work, I do not like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) because it makes me pass out. I need help ASAP.

I have real bad allergies threw the season change. Claritin doesn't work, I do not like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) because it makes me pass out. I need help ASAP.

Guessing game: You're in good company with 1-2 GAZILLION other allergy sufferers who've no good allergy meds to use during HIGH TIDE. My son's even one. I suggest not to play guessing games or allow others to do the same- especially long distance. See an allergist who can do some objective testing & TARGET a treatment (s). Trust me- guessing DON'T work- ask my son!

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If I'm having severe allergy issues due to very high pollen levels, is it okay to take a double dose of claritin (loratadine)?

If I'm having severe allergy issues due to very high pollen levels, is it okay to take a double dose of claritin (loratadine)?

You can, but: Not recommended, unless under medical supervision, besides doubling up on antihistamines isn't the answer, allergy treatment needs to be comprehensive, unfortunately, there is no magic bullet. OTC nasal steroids and saline nasal washes can help initially besides antihistamines, in addition to environmental control/avoidance if possible, if not controlled, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist ...Read more

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I took benedryl 12+ hrs ago. Tree pollen is high my allergies are out of control. Can I take Claritin (loratadine)?

I took benedryl 12+ hrs ago. Tree pollen is high my allergies are out of control. Can I take Claritin (loratadine)?

Yes you can: Both Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin can cause a drowsy sleepy feeling. So they should not be taken together at the same time or mixed with Alcohol. But there is no harm done if you take them about 12 hours apart by which time the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will be out of your system.
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Can I take Claritin (loratadine) for my allergies while I am taking lisinopril for high blood pressure?

Can I take Claritin (loratadine) for my allergies while I am taking lisinopril for high blood pressure?

OK Claritin/Lisinprl: Claritin (loratadine) appears to be safe with Lisinopril and other medicines in the class of 'ace inhibitors'. Claritin (loratadine) has an interaction with diltiazem. ...Read more

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My throat hurts, is it my allergies, we have high pollen here or is it strep or tonsillitis, I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin but my throat still hurts?

My throat hurts, is it my allergies, we have high pollen here or is it strep or tonsillitis, I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin but my throat still hurts?

If it persists seeDr: Not likely to be allergy causing your sore throat. More likely a mild viral infection (common cold). Some colds are severe with sore throat, nasal and sinus congestion and deep cough. Others are mild and may just cause a mild sore throat. Signs of Strep: high fever, pussy white exudate on tonsils, tender lymph nodes neck and NO cough. If only 2 of these strep unlikely; 4 highly likely ...Read more

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Hello, am I able to take OTC claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec for allergies during pregnancy?

Hello, am I able to take OTC claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec for allergies during pregnancy?

Claritin (loratadine): We always recommend to avoid meds if possible, but if you have to Claritin (loratadine) should be ok ...Read more

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Can I take loratadine and neozep together for allergies?

Can I take loratadine and neozep together for allergies?

Mixing medications: Since neozep contains chlorpheniramine, it does not make sense to take it with loratidine since both medications are antihistamines. Loratidine is probably better since it has a longer duration of action and is less sedating. The neozep also has a decongestant and analgesic, but you could take these separately with loratidine if needed (for example, taking sudafed and tylenol). ...Read more

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How often should I take Claritin (loratadine) for my allergies?

How often should I take Claritin (loratadine) for my allergies?

Depends: Claritin (loratadine) 10 mg is dosed once a day. To get the best results, it should be taken before the allergy season begins and before a known allergen exposure (such as going to a home with a cat if you are cat allergic). Claritin also comes in a combination with a decongestant (pseudoephedrine), called Claritin d24 (taken once a day) and Claritin d12 (taken twice a day about 12 hours apart). ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy pill every day?

Read label: All otc medications come with instructions for use. ...Read more

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Can I take two Claritin (loratadine) allergy pills in 24 hours?

Can I take two Claritin (loratadine) allergy pills in 24 hours?

Better not: Exceed the recommended dosage, if you think your symptoms aren't controlled, better seek medical advice, good luck ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy pill every day for 6 months?

Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy pill every day for 6 months?

Yes: Claritin is a very safe, non-sedating antihistamine. It is effective for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Thus, if you have allergy symptoms for 6 months, it is ok to take that. However, if you have more severe allergies, a nasal steroid spray might be more helpful. I would also recommend you see an allergist to find out what it is that is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy with Vicks vapoinhaler together?

Can I take Claritin (loratadine) allergy with Vicks vapoinhaler together?

Yes: They will not interact with each other. Drink plenty of fluids as well. ...Read more

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How long after I take Claritin (loratadine) should my allergy swelling go down?

How long after I take Claritin (loratadine) should my allergy swelling go down?

Couple of hours: Antihistamines can help with the itching and swelling that accompany allergic reactions. If the swelling is significant, it may take several hours to a day or so. For milder symptoms, Loratadine may begin to help in 1-2 hours. ...Read more

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Would I really need to wait 12 hours to take Claritin (loratadine) 12 hour allergy medicine?

Would I really need to wait 12 hours to take Claritin (loratadine) 12 hour allergy medicine?

Yes: Unless it has a decongestant, it is generally considered safe to take even up to 10 mg of Claritin (loratadine) 4 x a day if needed even though this is 4x the dose approved. But we do use as much as 4x the dose for those who have hives. ...Read more

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Could you really need to wait 12 hours to take Claritin (loratadine) 12 hour allergy medicine?

Not really: The Claritin (loratadine) reditab 5 mg will last about 12 hours, but there is no harm to taking one sooner or just go for the 10 mg reditab for 24 hour relief. ...Read more

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Can I take certirizine in the morning and loratadine at night for a couple of days for severe allergies.

Can I take certirizine in the morning and loratadine at night for a couple of days for severe allergies.

Antihistamines: In general the class of antihistamines that includes Loratadine and Cetirizine is well tolerated, safe and effective. While most people tend to have a better effect with one or the other, there really is no significant risks if these 2 are taken together. If allergies are not controlled, an allergist can develop a better treatment plan as other more effective medications are available. ...Read more

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When seasonal allergy hits hard on day 1, does it help to take 20mg loratadine on 1st day to jump start relief?

When seasonal allergy hits hard on day 1, does it help to take 20mg loratadine on 1st day to jump start relief?

Maybe: Recommended dose is 10 mg. Studies with higher doses did not show improvement. Loratadine is the weakest antihistamine out there, would recommend Cetirizine or Fexofenadine instead. If you were going to take more I would take 10 mg twice per day rather than 20 at once. With increased doses I would watch for increased side effects, especially drowsiness. We do use higher doses for hives. ...Read more

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If I take Claritin (loratadine) but it doesn't work because I have a more intense cold with allergies, can I take something else tonight like Benedryl?

Cold: Claritin (loratadine) will only relieve symptoms due to allergy not a viral cold. There are OTC medications for cold-related symptoms. Since you have not mentioned any of your symptoms from which you seek relief, Its not possible to make specific recommendation. You may ask your pharmacist for assistance in selecting the best medication for you, especially given your existing meds. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take loratadine and Allegra (fexofenadine) together in the morning for combined effectiveness. Should I seek allergy shot. How good is it?

Is it okay to take loratadine and Allegra (fexofenadine) together in the morning for combined effectiveness. Should I seek allergy shot. How good is it?

Not recommended: Unless your physician or allergist specifically told you to take two allergy medicines together, this is generally not recommended. Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, may be of value to you since your symptoms are so difficult to control. ...Read more

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I started taking Claritin (loratadine) 12-hour RediTabs today, but the Claritin (loratadine) is not counteracting my allergies. May I take a 1/2 or 1/4 Chlortrimeton tonight?

Yes: Give it a try. You may have a little more dry mouth/sleepiness than normal, but that should be all. Hopefully it helps with the allergies. Get well soon! ...Read more

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I am currently taking one tablet a day of generic form of Claritin for my seasonal allergies. Sometimes they work great other times, like today, they don't work at all. My question is: Should I take more than one dose within 24 hours since they do seem to

I am currently taking one tablet a day of generic form of Claritin for my seasonal allergies. Sometimes they work great other times, like today, they don't work at all. My question is: Should I take more than one dose within 24 hours since they do seem to

Don't exceed dosage: Better not to exceed recommended OTC dosage unless seen by an MD, which you might want to do, as you might need another prescription medication to control your symptoms, goodluck ...Read more

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Is it safe to take loratadine long term, everyday, for allergies?

Is it safe to take loratadine long term, everyday, for allergies?

Prob ok: Antihistamines have been around for decades, and certainly many more potent than loratadine. They say worldwide the most common drug taken is diphenhydramine, mostly for the sedative properties (as a sleep aid). Antihistamines can affect certain types of glaucoma, and accentuate urine retention in those with prostate issues and dry mucous membranes, but usually not so much with loratadine per say. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 2 loratadine 10mg tablets per day for allergies?

Is it safe to take 2 loratadine 10mg tablets per day for allergies?

Why do you ask?: The advantage of loratadine (and similar antihistamines) is that in recommended doses it doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier and thus are unlikely to cause central nervous system side effects; e.g. usually they don't make you drowsy. This is NOT necessarily true at higher doses, particularly in seniors. Why do you need more? Loratadine is weak. Might try an alternative. ...Read more

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My allergies are really bad today. I took 1 Claritin this morning. Can I take another now?

My allergies are really bad today. I took 1 Claritin this morning. Can I take another now?

Risk of overdose: Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or nervous, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, warmth or tingly feeling, or seizure (convulsions). Read more at: http://www. Rxlist. Com/claritin-d-drug/patient-avoid-while-taking. Htm ...Read more

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Can I take Calritin (Loratadine tablets) every day to fix allergies? Is there a physical dependency risk?

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Can I take Calritin (Loratadine tablets) every day to fix allergies? Is there a physical dependency risk?

No dependency: But if you do need it every day for a long-term better get evaluated by your doctor who might refer you to an allergist ...Read more

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