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What is in claritin (loratadine)?Is diphenhydramine in claritin (loratadine)?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Anti histaminic

Claritin (loratadine) is a prescription anti-histaminic (anti-allergic) medication which has less of a tendency to cause sleepiness as a side effect.
Diphenhydramine (benadryl) is not in Claritin (loratadine) but it is an over the counter anti-histamine of slightly higher potency than claritin, (loratadine) but a much stronger tendency to cause drowsiness.

In brief: Anti histaminic

Claritin (loratadine) is a prescription anti-histaminic (anti-allergic) medication which has less of a tendency to cause sleepiness as a side effect.
Diphenhydramine (benadryl) is not in Claritin (loratadine) but it is an over the counter anti-histamine of slightly higher potency than claritin, (loratadine) but a much stronger tendency to cause drowsiness.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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