Compare Claritin vs. Acular

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Claritin (loratadine)

Prescription or OTC
Treats allergies.

Claritin (loratadine) is a once-daily medicine for allergies that won't make you as sleepy as other medicines that work like it.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1517 reviewsforClaritin
Relieves eye pain, itching, and inflammation.

Acular (Ketorolac eye drops) is a good choice to help bring down inflammation and pain, especially if you're recovering from eye surgery, but it must be used 4 times a day.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Acular (Ketorolac eye drops) won't affect your eye pressure, which is a concern for people with glaucoma.
  • Acular (Ketorolac eye drops) is well tolerated with minimal side effects.
  • The medication isn't absorbed into the rest of your body, so its effects are limited to the eye.
Downsides
  • It's not the best choice if you have persistent, daily allergy symptoms.
  • It's not recommended for children less than 2 years old.
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Used for
  • Post operative inflammation
  • Allergy-related itchy eyes
  • Cystoid macular edema
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
Price
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Reviews
1517 reviews so far
74%
saidit'sworth it
38%
saiditworked well
6%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
19possible side effects
  • Headache
    12%
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Nervousness or anxiety
    4%
  • Wheezing
    4%
  • Tiredness
    4%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Mouth or tongue irritation
    3%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Hyperactive behavior
    3%
  • Ear pain
    3%
  • Bloody nose
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    3%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Pink eye
    2%
  • Lung infections
    2%
  • Difficulty speaking
    2%
  • Feeling uneasy or uncomfortable
    2%
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8possible side effects
  • Temporary eye pain or burning
    40%
  • Allergic reactions
    5%
  • Eye swelling
    5%
  • Iris infection
    5%
  • Eye inflammation
    5%
  • Eye irritation
    5%
  • Corneal inflammation
    5%
  • Superficial eye infections
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Difficulty concentrating
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Excess phenylalanine
    • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
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  • Slow healing
    • Concurrent injuries
  • Breathing problems
    • Asthma
    • History of breathing problems
  • Increased bleeding
    • History of bleeding disorders
    • Using other medicines that increase risk of bleeding
  • Cornea problems
    • History of eye problems
    • Multiple eye surgeries
    • Eye disease
    • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Don't wear contacts
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