Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Respiratory

Claritin D 

(loratadine / pseudoephedrine)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Respiratory
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Relieves congestion and allergy symptoms.

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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.

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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

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.

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Risks and Warnings for Claritin D (loratadine / pseudoephedrine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of high blood pressure

    Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) works by narrowing the blood vessels. It can cause or worsen high blood pressure. Don't use Claritin D (Loratadine / Pseudoephedrine) if you have high blood pressure.

Common concerns from people taking Claritin D (loratadine / pseudoephedrine)

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Food
  • 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.
  • I use Claritin D to relieve my sinus headaches & it works great. It will make me sick to my stomach without food. so I always make sure I eat something before taking it.
Sleep
  • You might not sleep as well due to Pseudoephedrine's effects and you can also have strange dreams while taking it.