Compare Claritin D vs. Sudafed

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Claritin D
(loratadine / pseudoephedrine)

Sudafed
(pseudoephedrine)

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.Clears your sinuses. Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) relieves stuffy nose, but it could keep you up at night. Don't forget your photo ID or you won't be able to buy it in the drugstore.
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4.97Claritin D
Reviews for Claritin D
69%
of people (All ages) say Claritin D is worth it
39%
say it works well
8%
say it's a big hassle
1527 reviews
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Reviews for Sudafed
82%
-13% worse vs. Claritin D
45%
-6% worse vs. Claritin D
6%
-2% worse vs. Claritin D
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Side effects
Claritin DSudafed

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

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How it works
Claritin DSudafed
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.Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) is a decongestant. It narrows blood vessels and reduces swelling in your nasal passages to make breathing easier.
Type of medication
Claritin DSudafed
Prescription or OTCPrescription or OTC
Available as
Claritin DSudafed
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
Claritin DSudafed
Risk factors for serious side effects
Claritin DSudafed
  • History of high blood pressure
  • History of heart problems
  • Age 65 or older
  • History of seizure
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Claritin D (loratadine / pseudoephedrine) risks & warnings »
  • History of high blood pressure
  • History of heart problems
  • Age 65 years or older
  • History of seizures
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) 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 DSudafed
  • 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.
Sleep
Claritin DSudafed
  • You might not sleep as well due to Pseudoephedrine's effects and you can also have strange dreams while taking it.
  • It can affect the quality of your sleep, so you can't take it too close to going to bed.
Upsides and benefits
Claritin DSudafed
  • 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.
  • One of the best over-the-counter options to clear stuffy nose and help you breathe better.
  • Clears nasal congestion better than other decongestants like phenylephrine.
  • Can be helpful in relieving congestion-related headaches and pressure in your ears.
  • Available in regular and extended release forms.
Downsides and risks
Claritin DSudafed
  • 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.
  • Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • It can affect the quality of your sleep, so you can't take it too close to going to bed.
  • Can raise blood pressure so check with your doctor before using it if you have high blood pressure or other heart conditions.
  • Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) isn't as effective after using it for more than 4 days straight.
  • Need to show a photo ID to buy it in the drugstore and there is a limit on how much you can buy each visit.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Claritin DSudafed
  • 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.
  • Starts working in 30 minutes.
  • You need to show an ID to buy Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) in the drugstore because it contains pseudoephedrine.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than recommended on the package.
  • Don't take Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) too close to bedtime since it can keep you awake.
  • Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
  • Talk to your doctor if your symptoms don't get better in 1 week.
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