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Does anyone with asthma take Claritin (Loratadine) or Alavert?

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By Adele on Wed, 04-05-06, 18:58

I have cough variant asthma for which I take Advair and Ventolin (allbuterol).

A friend keeps insisting I should try Claritin for my asthma cough. If you have asthma, do you take Claritin and does it help your asthma?



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By Corvallis Mom on Wed, 04-05-06, 19:28

I also have asthma (mostly cough-variant, mild and intermittent), and take a daily antihistamine. It does help, but not specifically with asthmatic symptoms. So if I have an upper respiratory infection, the antihistamine won't do a thing to reduce my dependence on other meds like albuterol... BUT it can help with triggers which are allergic in nature. Like animal dander and pollen.


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By Adele on Wed, 04-05-06, 21:21

Thanks for your answer Corvallismom. Your asthma sounds like mine. May I ask what triggers yours? Any foods?

[This message has been edited by Adele (edited April 05, 2006).]

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By PurpleCat on Thu, 04-06-06, 00:18


My daughter has asthma and is allergic to tree pollens, grass pollens, animal dander, etc...

She started back on Claritin the last week of March when we had a warm spell. She will be on it until sometime in July when pollen season slows. She goes back on it in the fall and then again at Christmas.

I know she needs it when her nighttime cough returns. This is in addition to daily doses of Advair and Nasonex.

It makes a big difference in her quality of life and we don't use her inhaler as much.

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

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By Corvallis Mom on Thu, 04-06-06, 03:27

Sure, Adele. I'm mostly triggered by aeroallergens. Also cigarette smoke and certain perfumes (mostly musks).

The only food that I have ever noticed any problems with is shrimp, to which I suspect I have an allergy. (But this is one of those situations where I would really rather not know until I am forced to, KWIM?) Mostly this just manifests as shortness of breath if I can smell it being sauteed or something.

Anyway, cold is a HUGE trigger for me. My other major triggers are (in decreasing order) tree pollens, molds, dust mites, grass pollen, rodents, pollens in the heath family, dogs, exercise, and horses.

I also am truly religious about avoiding respiratory infections. I go through GALLONS of hand soap a year. Last time I had an ER visit was the last time I went without a flu shot. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] That was in college. For years I just used inhaled EPI instead of albuterol. Or sucked on my DD's inhaler when I needed rescue meds. I finally fessed up to my GP and now carry my own.

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By notnutty on Thu, 04-06-06, 11:55

My son takes Claritin daily (he is 5) and he has taken it every day for over a year. He has asthma, but it mostly is just reactive airway when something else is bugging him. The doctor also wanted him to take it to see if we could reduce the amount of hisitmine in his body, perhaps he would not have as many contact reactions to peanut...he is very sensitive.

We have had good luck with it and I think he has been healthier and has had less asthmatic symptoms since he started taking it.


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By emily'smommy on Thu, 04-06-06, 12:18

Hi Adele,
Our DD is 5 years old, and we have in the past 2 months began giving her Clarinex/Claritin to help her. She also has cough variant asthma. Hers is brought on by either allergy related stuff (everything outside, plus dogs and cats), to if someone at pre-school happens to catch a cold and give it to her. Considering that she has had to take prednisone for 5 days per month since September to get rid of her coughing, and then for the past 2 months has not had to take any, we are hoping we are onto something. I think the real test is happening right now, as we were visiting a family with a dog yesterday, and she is starting to sniffle. That is usually the first symptom, and if it gets worse...we will know.
I guess our only concern is when her pulmonologist said that this type of medicine was not great for her lungs. I guess our opinion is if it helps her from coughing like crazy for a week or two straight, it can't be that bad for her lungs.
We had tried her on Alavert, 1/2 a pill in the morning, but I was getting questions from the pre-school about what was different about her. I guess there was a case of hitting, and the teachers were "shocked" that DD was in the middle of it. They said it was totally unlike her (thank God:-)) So that is why we have been experimenting a little bit, between these three and Zyrtec to see which one affects her the least!
Good Luck!!

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By Peg541 on Thu, 04-06-06, 14:15

Adele anything you can do to make yourself less reactive to your allergens is a good thing.

You also have reflux right? Asthma symptoms are also triggered by reflux. There is plenty of reflux that you don't feel or know is happening and maybe you are reacting to that.

We keep our son on Clarinex for environmental allergies and for the oft chance he has a peanut reaction. Every time we went to the ER with a reaction they would ask was he on a daily anti allergy med so we eventually put him on it.

His allergies definitely trigger his asthma so the Clarinex is another added defense. Like the others if he gets an upper respiratory infection his asthma goes nuts but otherwise with Clarinex and advair it is pretty OK.


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By Jimmy's mom on Thu, 04-06-06, 14:44

DS has asthma that the only trigger seems to be a virus. THat is, in 6 years since it started, there have been maybe two or three times he's had any asthma symptoms without a cold or other viral illness. And those only needed one treatment and then it was gone.
We tried Claritin, not for the asthma, but for environmental allergies. It didn't help, so we went to Zyrtec, which works much better for him.
BTW, he never had these allergy symptoms at home, but every day at school (three different buildings, in two different climates).

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By Adele on Thu, 04-06-06, 14:52

Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your input.
I'm working my way through a box of Alavert and will see if it makes a difference.

Peg, I'm sure that some of my coughing is from GERD but I still cough my head off from other triggers....paint fumes, dogs, certain foods,etc.

My father has the same type of asthma. He's staying with me for a while so I've been listening to him hack and cough for the last few weeks. When his gets bad, the only thing that will stop the coughing cycle is cough syrup with codeine. His doctor says the cough itself irritates and causes more coughing. The more you cough the more you cough. He'll be 84 in August and in spite of asthma, he's in pretty good shape.

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By Peg541 on Thu, 04-06-06, 16:47

Adele I think every little bit helps and just that bit of Clarinex or whatever daily might be enough to quiet down that cough.

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By krasota on Thu, 04-06-06, 17:20

While loratidine doesn't directly help my most obvious allergy symptoms (asthma, upper respiratory symptoms), it does help reduce the overall allergic reaction and helps reduce the load on my system. Without it, I break out in hives all the time from environmental allergens. With it, I still have allergic reactions to things, but my body no longer has a hair trigger for asthmatic coughing attacks and hives.

I also take accolate (an anti-leukotriene) and a daily first generation antihistamine (Palgic, sometimes chlorphenirmine).


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