Can I take Claritin AND a sleep aid?

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Posted 10/1/2010 by SweetiePie Pea in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 10/1/2010 8:33:05 PM
the sleep aid is diphenhydramine which I think is basically the same as Benedryl I think. anyne know for sure??

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Posted: 10/1/2010 8:37:27 PM
I do most nights.

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Posted: 10/1/2010 8:37:55 PM
They are both antihistamines, so taking both could potentially cause adverse reactions. In all honesty, it would take alot of antihistamines to cause an overdose, but I'd still be careful. When did you take the Claritin and how much diphenhydramine were you planning on taking?

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Posted: 10/1/2010 8:43:20 PM
10mg claritin and the dose for the Sominex is 2 25mg tablets. (I think I may just try one though.) ugh I NEED some sleep though! it's making me cranky lol

oh and I take them at the same time. I think I'm gonna call Walgreens just to be sure.

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Posted: 10/1/2010 9:01:48 PM
I'm a pharmacist.

Can you try to take your claritin in the AM instead? I think separating them may help reduce side effects. Also, if you are taking diphenhydramine, I'm not sure you'd need the claritin as its a weaker antihistamine compared to claritin.

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Posted: 10/1/2010 9:06:04 PM
yeah I called and they said the same thing. I take the claritin at night because even though it is not supposed to make me tired it sometimes *does*.

will skipping the claritin be OK though? it seems like when I miss a day it takes a day or two to be in full effect again. with the Sominex "fill" that void then?

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Posted: 10/2/2010 12:24:14 PM
It will fill the void for the evening, but will be worn off by the morning. That's why I'd take the Claritin in the AM to last through the day.
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