Compare Claritin vs. Afrin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Claritin (loratadine) is a once-daily medicine for allergies that won't make you as sleepy as other medicines that work like it.
Afrin (oxymetazoline) clears stuffy noses, but can worsen your congestion if it is used more frequently than 3 days in a row.
- It doesn't cause daytime drowsiness unlike other antihistamines.
- Side-effects are mild, if any at all.
- Available over-the-counter without a prescription.
- It provides quick relief of allergy symptoms for both children and adults.
- It doesn't interfere with how a lot of other medicines work.
- It works right away and each dose lasts up to 12 hours.
- The effect is limited to your nasal passageways so it may be safer than other decongestants you take orally.
- Available as a nasal spray and a nasal mist.
- Can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription.
- It's not the best choice if you have persistent, daily allergy symptoms.
- It's not recommended for children less than 2 years old.
- Sometimes Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes temporary stinging, burning, or dryness of the nose.
- Talk to your doctor first before using it in children younger than 6 years old.
- Chewable tablet
- Dissolving tablet
- Nasal spray
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- Nervousness or anxiety4%
- Mouth or tongue irritation3%
- Dry mouth3%
- Hyperactive behavior3%
- Difficulty concentrating
Taking with alcohol
...and 1 more risk factors
- Excess phenylalanine
History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
- Rebound nasal congestion
Using Afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 3 days