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Claritin D
(loratadine / pseudoephedrine)

Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
(acetaminophen / doxylamine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine)

Relieves congestion and allergy symptoms. Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) relieves allergies and congestion without causing daytime sleepiness. It can keep you up at night if you take it too close to bedtime.Relieves cold and flu symptoms, and helps you sleep. Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Doxylamine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is good for multiple cold symptoms at night, but it's more medicine than you need if you only have one symptom.
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4.97Claritin D
Reviews for Claritin D (loratadine / pseudoephedrine)
69%
of people (All ages) say Claritin D (loratadine / pseudoephedrine) is worth it
39%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
1527 reviews
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Side effects
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How it works
Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) is a combination medicine for allergies. Loratadine (an antihistamine) prevents allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes or skin. Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears your sinuses.Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Doxylamine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that treats cold and flu symptoms. Acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. Phenylephrine is a decongestant that clears your sinuses. Doxylamine is an antihistamine that relieves a runny nose and makes you very sleepy.
Type of medication
Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
Prescription or OTC
Over-the-counter
Available as
Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for
Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
Risk factors for serious side effects
Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
  • History of high blood pressure
  • History of heart problems
  • Age 65 or older
  • History of seizure
  • Women of childbearing age
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
    Detailed Claritin D (loratadine / pseudoephedrine) risks & warnings »
    • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
    • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
    • History of liver disease
    • History of high blood pressure
    • Taking MAO inhibitors
    • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • History of smoking
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking with other medicines that make you less alert
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Glaucoma
    • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
    • Using other medications that affect serotonin
    Detailed Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu (acetaminophen / doxylamine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

    The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

    Food
    Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
    • Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) contains aspartame (phenylalanine). People who have phenylketonuria (PKU) can't break down the amino acid phenylalanine. It builds up and causes serious medical problems. If you have PKU, don't use this product.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • To avoid hurting your liver, you have to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen (APAP) you're taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold/flu combination medicines.
    Pain
    Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
    No pain related info.
    • The pain reliever (acetaminophen) is easier on your stomach and has fewer drug interactions than other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
    • To avoid hurting your liver, you have to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen (APAP) you're taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold/flu combination medicines.
    Sleep
    Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
    • You might not sleep as well due to Pseudoephedrine's effects and you can also have strange dreams while taking it.
    No sleep related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
    • The antihistamine (Loratadine) in Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) works as well as other antihistamines, but causes less drowsiness. It's also less sedating than Allegra D and Zyrtec D.
    • The decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) in Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) is stronger than other decongestants. It can also help relieve congestion-related headaches and ear pressure.
    • The stimulant effects of Pseudoephedrine can give you some extra energy during the day.
    • Doesn't give you rebound congestion (worse congestion symptoms after you stop taking the medicine) like decongestant nose sprays can.
    • It's available without a prescription, unlike other strong allergy medicines.
    • Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Doxylamine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) is a combination medicine that relieves multiple cold symptoms. It's good to use if you have a stuffy nose, a cough, fever, and pain.
    • The decongestant (phenylephrine) has fewer side effects than other decongestants like pseudoephedrine. It doesn't raise your blood pressure and heart rate as much, or cause as much trouble falling asleep.
    • The cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) works well and has very few side effects.
    • The pain reliever (acetaminophen) is easier on your stomach and has fewer drug interactions than other pain medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.
    • The antihistamine (doxylamine) can help you sleep.
    Downsides and risks
    Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
    • You can have more side effects when using combination pills than when using single-ingredient medications.
    • The decongestant (Pseudoephedrine) can make your heart race or give you anxious or restless feelings.
    • You might not sleep as well due to Pseudoephedrine's effects and you can also have strange dreams while taking it.
    • Pseudoephedrine can raise your blood pressure, so don't take it if you have high blood pressure or other heart conditions.
    • Although you don't need a prescription, you do need to show a photo ID to buy this from behind the pharmacy counter.
    • If you don't really need all of the medications in this combination, you're taking extra medicine and might have extra side effects for no reason.
    • Phenylephrine doesn't last as long as other decongestants like pseudoephedrine.
    • You shouldn't use it if you have high blood pressure.
    • To avoid hurting your liver, you have to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen (APAP) you're taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold/flu combination medicines.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    Claritin DAlka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu
    • Starts working in 30 minutes.
    • You need to show an ID to buy Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) in the drugstore because it contains Pseudoephedrine.
    • Don't cut, crush, or chew tablets; swallow them whole.
    • It's better to take Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) early in the morning or when you wake up, otherwise you can have trouble sleeping later.
    • Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
    • If you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor since a different medication might work better for you.
    • Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Cold And Flu (Acetaminophen / Doxylamine / Dextromethorphan / Phenylephrine) starts working in about 30 minutes.
    • Doxylamine (the antihistamine ingredient) can make you tired, so take it close to bedtime.
    • Contains acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol or APAP. Taking too much can cause liver failure and death. Don't take more than what's recommended on the package or with other Tylenol-containing products.
    • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days, or if you have a really bad sore throat with a fever, headache, nausea, or vomiting.
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