Benadryl and claritin

10 replies [Last post]
By gw_mom3 on Thu, 07-19-07, 21:01

DD's gp doctor prescribed claritin daily for her environmental allergies. I read that you can't take benadryl if you take claritin. Which is better-daily claritin or being able to take benadryl if needed? I don't want her to be taking the claritin and then have a reaction to a food or hives (mystery or otherwise) and not be able to give the benadryl.

Also we're going to be taking a trip and eating some fast food on the road. Which would be better in that case in case of a reaction?

------------------
==============
[b]~Gale~[/b]

__________________

==============
~Gale~

Groups: None
By that'smetrying on Thu, 07-19-07, 21:05

My son has taken both at the same time, no problems. Our allergist says different antihistamines work differently and they can be layered. Right now he takes Zyrtec daily for evironmental allergies and benedryl as needed for allergies. We have had no problems.

------------------
mom to Ari(7) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (10), mild excema

__________________

hangin' at the new board.

Groups: None
By that'smetrying on Thu, 07-19-07, 21:06

And as for best in a reaction -- benedryl, hands down. It works incredibly fast.

------------------
mom to Ari(7) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (10), mild excema

__________________

hangin' at the new board.

Groups: None
By gw_mom3 on Thu, 07-19-07, 21:06

I guess I should call her doctor. I asked on another board (not an allergy board) and two people said their doctor/pharmacist advised them not to take both together.

------------------
==============
[b]~Gale~[/b]

__________________

==============
~Gale~

Groups: None
By gw_mom3 on Thu, 07-19-07, 21:10

Quote:Originally posted by that'smetrying:
[b]And as for best in a reaction -- benedryl, hands down. It works incredibly fast.

[/b]
I suspected that it would be better. thanks!

------------------
==============
[b]~Gale~[/b]

__________________

==============
~Gale~

Groups: None
By chanda4 on Thu, 07-19-07, 21:16

actually maybe even ask the allergist(since they probably know your child better anyways). I don't think they want you taking them together everyday(on a daily basis), but during a reaction, if Claritin has already been taken, I don't think Benadryl would hurt. I got the same warning from Zyrtec...but we've taken both amny times. But double check to be sure of course [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

------------------
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk and egg)

__________________

Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses,

Groups: None
By gw_mom3 on Thu, 07-19-07, 22:33

Quote:Originally posted by chanda4:
[b]actually maybe even ask the allergist(since they probably know your child better anyways). I don't think they want you taking them together everyday(on a daily basis), but during a reaction, if Claritin has already been taken, I don't think Benadryl would hurt. I got the same warning from Zyrtec...but we've taken both amny times. But double check to be sure of course [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

[/b]
Our allergist is so far away so we only go there for testing. Her GP doctor does everything else so he actually knows her better. I'll give him a call in the morning.

------------------
==============
[b]~Gale~[/b]

__________________

==============
~Gale~

Groups: None
By JacksonsMom on Thu, 07-19-07, 22:45

DS takes Zyrtec daily and Benadryl as needed for hives or minor reactions. Zyrtec is a once daily dose that lasts for 24 hours, while Benadryl only lasts 4-6 hours. If we have to give Benadryl within 6 hours of his usual Zyrtec dose (bedtime) than I just skip the Zyrtec and resume normal dosing the next day. Of course I do worry that once the Benadryl wears off he may have another flare up of hives or whatever, so I make sure to check for that.
This has worked for us, but do check to see what your doc recommends.

One other thing - I just remembered that about a year ago I gave DS Benadryl around dinner time for hives, and DH accidentally gave the regular bedtime Zyrtec. I did call the pharmacist and they said that he would be really sleepy but OK. (definately not something you want to do regularly, but not a huge deal if it happens by mistake).
Also Zyrtec may be totally diffrent from Claritin so please check and don't take my word for it!

Groups: None
By PurpleCat on Fri, 07-20-07, 00:11

If the medicine is for environmental allergies - Claritin is by far a better choice. It will not make your child drowsy and your child will be protected before and during exposure - it helps avoid the typical outcome of being exposed to these allergens. My DD used it for 2 allergy seasons (trees and then weeds). Now she needs something stronger and year round, but when she was on it at that time - it helped improve her quality of life!

We used it now in addition to her other meds at Christmas time to help with visiting family who have dogs and live Christmas trees. It also allows us to have a live tree too! We start her on it two weeks before this type of exposure.

For a hive type of reaction to something that is not pollen - benedryl is a much better choice. It works quickly.

I don't know about mixing the two and would suggest speaking with a pharmacist or your child's doctor.

Hope this helps!

__________________

Keep Smiling
DD - allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, and egg

Groups: None
By pitterpat on Fri, 07-20-07, 22:25

FWIW, I talked this over with my pediatrician, allergist, and pharmacists on different occasions. The answer across the board was, take your daily Claritin/Allegra/Zyrtec to deal with environmental allergies. Then, if necessary, take the Benedryl. No, you don't want to do it everyday. If you are, you should examine other areas of your life to figure out what is going wrong. Since it should be rare, it isn't going to be bad for them, but the right thing to do to double-up.

Patty

__________________

Patty
mom to
Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees
Julia (9/04) asthma and allergic to tree nuts (no testing, just reactions) (tests + to eggs, no reaction)

Groups: None
By k9ruby on Sat, 07-21-07, 16:26

I take claritin for enviro allergies, and have had bendryl on top once on twice in france when i had horrible hay fever. Normally though, cus our gp wont perscribe bendryl cus is more expensive, i would take a 'top up' of claritin (our doc says thats ok if i have severe hives/itchy eyes), but it takes a while to work.

__________________

webmaster of [url="http//www.ifzone.cjb.net"]www.ifzone.cjb.net[/url] [url="http//www.goingnuts.cjb.net"]www.goingnuts.cjb.net[/url]
*****TREENUT SLAYER*****

Groups: None

Peanut Free and Nut Free Directory

Peanut-Free/Nut-Free Directory

Our directory is intended as a resource for people with peanut and nut allergies. It contains foods, helpful products, and much more.

Close x

Sign up for our newsletter and receive a free peanut-free snack guide.

Stay on top of your allergy with recipes, lifestyle tips and more.

Email

PeanutAllergy.com Social

 

Poll

Where do you get your peanut allergy information?
The internet
29%
My allergist
57%
Friends or family
14%
Other
0%
Total votes: 7