Compare Claritin-D vs. Phenylephrine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Treats allergies and clears up nasal congestion.

Claritin-D (loratadine / pseudoephedrine) relieves allergies and congestion without causing daytime sleepiness but it can keep you up at night.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 1527 reviewsforClaritin-D
Clears your sinuses.

Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine) is a good medication for relieving stuffy nose. It doesn't work as well as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), but it has fewer side effects.

3.1/ 5 average rating with 164 reviewsforPhenylephrine
Upsides
  • This once-daily, single-pill combination conveniently treats congestion and other allergy symptoms.
  • It doesn't cause any daytime drowsiness unlike other antihistamines.
  • It doesn't require a prescription from your doctor.
  • Works to clear nasal congestion and helps you breathe better.
  • Helpful in relieving congestion-related headaches.
  • 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.
  • Doesn't give you rebound congestion (worse symptoms when you stop taking it) like nasal spray decongestants do.
Downsides
  • The decongestant (pseudoephedrine) can make you anxious or your heart race. You may not sleep as well at night.
  • Although you don't need a prescription, you do need to show a photo ID to buy this from behind the pharmacy counter.
  • It may interfere with how your other medicines work. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before combining with other medicines.
  • Phenylephrine doesn't last as long as other decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed).
  • You shouldn't use it if you have high blood pressure.
  • Can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • Shouldn't use it before you want to sleep.
  • Not as effective after using it for 4 days in a row.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Extended-release pill
  • Pill
  • Nasal spray
  • Eye drops
  • Suppository
Price
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Reviews
1527 reviews so far
69%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
8%
saidit'sa big hassle

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164 reviews so far
44%
saidit'sworth it
24%
saiditworked well
10%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Headache
    19%
  • Insomnia
    16%
  • Dry mouth
    14%
  • Drowin
    7%
  • Nervousness or anxiety
    5%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Indigestion
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Increased thirst
    2%
  • Loss of appetite
    2%
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The Sudafed Pe (Phenylephrine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • High blood pressure
    • History of high blood pressure
    • Glaucoma
  • Restlesness
    • History of heart problems
    • Overactive thyroid
    • Diabetes
    • Over age 65
  • Difficulty concentrating
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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  • High blood pressure
    • History of high blood pressure
    • Taking MAO inhibitors
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
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