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What is the difference between loratadine and cetirizine dihydrochloride? Is one better?

What is the difference between loratadine and cetirizine dihydrochloride?  Is one better?

Cetirizine FTW: Most allergists would recommend cetirizine. It is more effective at controlling symptoms than loratidine. Cetirizine does make 10-15% of people sleepy, however. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Cetirizine (Definition)

Ceftirizine is the generic name of an antihistamine previously marketed under the ...Read more


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What is the difference between zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) medicines?

What is the difference between zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) medicines?

Yes : Similarity: in the 2nd generation antihistamine class of drugs. Zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) are safe in pregnancy. Both can cause dryness and urinary symptoms as a sideffect differences: Claritin (loratadine) does not usually cause drowsiness. Zyrtec typically can. The time it takes to be effective vary as well. As far as effectiveness: depends on person. Zyrtec in some studies have been shown to be faster acting. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between alegra and zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Is there a difference between alegra and zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Most allergists: Would recommend zyrtec and Allegra over claritin (loratadine). Zyrtec makes a few people sleepy, but may be slightly stronger than allegra. ...Read more

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Difference between polaramine, zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Difference between polaramine, zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

All antihistamines: Polaramine is a brand of dexchlorpheniramine, a first generation sedating antihistamine similar to Chlor-Trimeton and about as effective as claritin. Claritin, brand of Loratadine and zyrtec, brand of Cetirizine are both 2nd generation, non-sedating antihistamines. Cetirizine in head to head studies with Loratadine was found to be more effective for nasal allergies and hives. ...Read more

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What is the difference, if any, between zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) or allegra in their effectiveness for springtime allergies?

What is the difference, if any, between zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) or allegra in their effectiveness for springtime allergies?

Same: Each of the medicines work for some people; others for other people. No one medicine works for everyone all of the time. Sometimes you have to try different ones to see which one works best for you. ...Read more

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Is better loratadine or cetirizine?

Depends: While many people prefer Loratadine and it works just fine, others find more relief with cetirizine. It is difficulty to know who will respond better to one or the other. ...Read more

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Can i take a Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

yes but: You should not take them unless you checked with a doctor and it all depends what you are trying to treat. They work the same, so adding one may not give you the results you are seeking. ...Read more

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Can i take both zyrtec amd claritin (loratadine)?

Can i take both zyrtec amd claritin (loratadine)?

You shouldn't: Both medications are in the same class called non-sedating antihistamines and are effective for 24 hours. They should not be taken at the same time. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

No problem: At higher doses, for allergic rhinitis, you don't get much better effects. For chronic hives, higher doses of antihistamines can sometimes give better results. ...Read more

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Is loratadine less severe than zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Is loratadine less severe than zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Loratadine is weaker: When loradine (claritin) was studied the manufacturer selected the lowest dose that gave a response better than placebo but didn't have more side effects than placebo. This caused it to be a fairly weakly effective med. As it wasn't studied at higher dose i can't speak to safety of higher doses. Personally, i find zyrtec (cetirizine) to be much more effective but may be more sedating. ...Read more

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Can i give my child zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Can i give my child zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Antihistamines: Both are third generation antihistamines and work effectively for allergies. However, zyrtec (cetirizine) may cause more drosiness. Do not take both at the same time. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take cetirizine and loratadine together?

Is it okay to take cetirizine and loratadine together?

Generally, yes: In general, it is okay to take both of these antihistamines at the same time. However, i would recommend evaluation by a board certified allergist if you are having to use both of these medicines to control your allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you take loratadine and cetirizine at the same time?

No: These are the same class of medication and probably should note be used together. ...Read more

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Taking Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec at the same time?

Not necessary: Both Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are considered new generation antihistamines and have the same effects. If a person accidentally took these at the same time, there is likely no adverse effect, but there is really no need to take both for treatment of symptoms. If symptoms of allergies are not controlled, see an allergist for a better treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can I take cetirizine and loratadine together the same day?

Generally, yes: In general, it is okay to take both of these antihistamines at the same time. However, i would recommend evaluation by a board certified allergist if you are having to use both of these medicines to control your allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Is it possible for me to take zyrtec and claritin (loratadine)?

Both antihistamines: Both Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are antihistamines. Each should last 24 hours for control of allergic rhinitis symptoms. However, some patients have more severe symptoms or may be using antihistamines for reasons other than allergic rhinitis and may require more frequent dosing of antihistamines including using Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec same day. Recommend this be done under allergist supervision. ...Read more

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Can i take a zyrtec and a Claritin (loratadine) in the same day?

Yes: Antihistamines are well tolerated even when the dose is doubled or when one is taking 2 kinds of antihistamines. ...Read more

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Is it btter to take a 20 mg of Zyrtec or 20 mg of Claritin (loratadine)?

Depends: Although Zyrtec is considered somewhat more potent than Claritin, (loratadine) the effect may vary from one person to another. Either can cause drowsiness at this dose. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Zyrtec (Definition)

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