Benadryl (diphenhydramine) vs. Claritin. Which one is better?

Depends on reason. Both are antihistamines, both are effective for allergies. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may be more potent and work better in some individuals, but causes much more sleepiness and the effects wear off more quickly than with claritin.

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Took claritin-d over 12 hours ago can I take one benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

yes. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you drowsy, but i would not expect any untoward effects from a "non-sedating" antihistamine like Claritin in combination with benadryl (diphenhydramine). Read more...

Taking 120 mg pseudoephedrine every 12 hours, 10 mg loratadine in morning, and one Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime, is this ok?

Medication question. It is okay to take the pseudoephedrine with the loratadine. However, the nighttime Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be considered a duplication of the loratadine which is a 24 hour medication. Without knowing more about your medical history, I would not suggest that you do that. Instead, I would suggest discussing the optimum management of your medications with your doctor. Read more...

Is it safe to take one diphenhydramine capsule after I've already taken one regular loratadine capsule? Both over-the-counter brands benadryl+claritin

Probably safe. There will be some additive sedation, but a single dose should be fine. Ask the prescribing physician or your pharmacist if you have questions about drug interactions. Read more...

I gave my one year old half of an ml of children's benadryl (diphenhydramine). I did not realize her dad gave her loratadine a few hours before. Will it hurt her?

Tiny dose. One half a cc of benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a minuscule dose even for a small one year old. This is no problem! Appropriate dosing of loratidine for this age should not cause sleepiness typically, either. . Read more...
Not likely. Assuming your child is about average weight which is 10-11kg, 0.5 ml will not harm her even with the loratadine given earlier. Always be sure to communicate with other caregivers about medications, though, and keep them out of reach of toddlers. Read more...

My doctor put me on loratadine 10mg antihistamine, one tablet every 24 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after I've already taken loratadine for 2 days now. Is this safe?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) - no drive. Loratadine rarely causes drowsiness unless taken with medications such as erythromycin, cimetidine or ketoconazole. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) affects our brain even if don't feel sedated. If you absolutely need to take both medications, take loratadine AM and Benadryl before you go to bed. Read more...

What do you suggest if my doctor put me on loratadine 10mg antihistamine, one tablet every 24 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after I've already taken loratadine for 2 days now?

Depends on Problem. If you were put on loratadine for allergies and it is not responding to the medication you can take the loratadine in the morning and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night. But, there are other allergy medicine that may help you more. I would suggest letting your doctor know you are not getting relief. Also, be careful with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as it can be sedating and driving with it is a DUI in many states. Read more...

Is it bad if I take benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin, amd allegra-d all in one day?

Similar medicines. All of these medicines are antihistamines. Taking combinations of antihistamines increases the possibility of side effects. If antihistamines are not working at recommended doses see a doctor. You may need a different type of treatment for your problem. Read more...