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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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Zyrtec (Definition)

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