Zyrtec AND Benadryl??

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By Carson's Mommy on Thu, 05-15-03, 18:16

My two year old son is on 1/2 tsp. of Zyrtec at night and I was wondering if he were to have some type of mild reaction would I still be able to give him his 1 tsp. of Benadryl if he were to have a reaction(after being given Zyrtec the night before)?

Thanks!
Amy

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By SueQ on Thu, 05-15-03, 18:30

Hi Amy,
My son has been on Zyrtec for 6 years now, and the answer is yes. He's had benedryl for a variety of reasons many times without a problem. I had asked his pediatrician and his allergist about this and both said it was fine.

Take Care.
Sue

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By DJerry'sMom on Thu, 05-15-03, 19:53

My pa son also takes Zyrtec nightly. I asked our ped the same question when he prescribed the Zyrtec. He said it's no problem for him to have Benedryl additionally in response to a reaction. We have given him Benedryl a number of times since he started the Zyrtec, without a problem.

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By Corvallis Mom on Thu, 05-15-03, 20:35

Yep- its fine. We've even "doubled up" our 4 yo once in a while when pollen levels spike really high... we just try to not give both within about six hours of one another.

Our allergist saw no problem with this- in fact he congratulated us on being perceptive enough to stagger the two things in time since both have the same mechanism of action.

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By kcmom on Thu, 05-15-03, 23:48

My dd is also on 1/2 tsp Zyrtec nightly. I asked my allergist this very same question and she also said it was fine! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
kcmom

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By on Fri, 05-16-03, 02:33

My son has also taken benadryl the same day as zyrtec or claritin w/o a problem.

Why do you give zyrtec at night rather than in the morning?

I always give it in the morning...my thinking is that it will probably be strongest during the day then - when he is outside having to deal directly with the pollen.

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By DJerry'sMom on Tue, 05-20-03, 16:31

My son's Zyrtec prescription says to take it at bedtime. His doctor said that it could make him sleepy. He has also told us that we could split it, taking half the dose at bedtime and half the next morning. We always give the whole dose at bedtime.

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