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Claritin D
(Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine)

Rhinocort Aqua
(Budesonide)

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 nasal allergy symptoms. Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works best when used regularly for your nasal allergy symptoms.
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Reviews for Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine)
69%
of people say Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) is worth it
38%
say it works well
8%
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Side effects
Claritin DRhinocort Aqua

We haven’t found good data for Claritin D side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Claritin D »
  • Nosebleed 3%
  • Sore throat 1%
  • Bronchospasm 1%
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How it works
Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
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.Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and allergy symptoms.
Type of medication
Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
Antihistamine
2nd generation
DecongestantPrescription or OTC
CorticosteroidPrescription only
Available as
Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
  • Extended release
  • Nasal spray
Used for (click to learn more)
Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
Risk factors for serious side effects
Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
  • 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 »
    • Long-term use
    • Surgery or trauma to the nose or sinuses
    • Long-term use
    • Untreated infections
    • Long-term use
    • Long-term use
    • Long-term use
    • Taking more than recommended dose
    Detailed Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
    NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    • You might not sleep as well due to Pseudoephedrine's effects and you can also have strange dreams while taking it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • People age 65 and older have a higher risk of troublesome side effects from taking antihistamine medications like Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine). Watch out for changes in vision, severe dry mouth, trouble urinating, or constipation. Also, feelings of drowsiness may leave you "unsteady" on your feet. This can make you more likely to fall causing broken bones or other serious injuries. Talk with your doctor before using Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) and stop using it if you have side effects.
    • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
    • 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.
    • Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
    • Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
    • Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
    Downsides and risks
    Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
    • 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.
    • Needs to be used everyday to work, so it can't be used as needed.
    • Can hace an unpleasant smell or taste.
    • It's good for 120 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
    • Can't be used in kids younger than age 6 years.
    • Need a prescription to get Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide).
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    Claritin DRhinocort Aqua
    • 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.
    • Works best if used everyday. It takes about one week to start seeing the best results.
    • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray correctly.
    • Shake the spray gently and clear your nose before each use.
    • Before using it for the first time or if you haven't used it in 2 days, prime the spray pump until you see a fine mist.
    • Breathe in slowly as you're spraying and tilt your head back slightly after spraying. Wait 15 minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
    • Some people get minor nose irritation, nosebleeds, sore throat, or headaches after using it.
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