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Tuesday, March 06, 2012 shash, Community Member, asks

Q: Can I take Benydryl and Zyrtec at the same time???

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Kathi MacNaughton, Health Pro
3/13/12 2:31pm

Yes, Shash, it is safe to take both of these antihistamines at the same time. Zyrtec is a long-acting, second-generation antihistamine that is only taken once a day (experts recommend taking it at bedtime, so that it reaches peak effectiveness as you're waking up in the morning).

 

Benadryl is an older, short-acting (about 4 to 6 hours max) antihistamine that may provide some additional relief if the Zyrtec doesn't fully control your allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, Benadryl  often has the side effect of drowsiness, so might not be a great choice if you have to work, drive or operate machinery.

 

Take care,

Kathi

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shash, Community Member
3/14/12 7:09am

Thank you, I only take Benedyl at night, more of a sleeping aid I think. I am taking Zyrtec in the morning as when I take it at night I am awake all night. 

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Kathi MacNaughton, Health Pro
4/12/12 3:35pm

Shash... Are you taking Zyrtec-D or regular Zyrtec? I ask because I can't take any of the allergy medicines with the D (decongestant) formula. They all keep me awake! If you ARE using Zyrtec-D, you might try it without the D part.

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shash, Community Member
4/12/12 8:20pm

I have the same issues. I am taking regular zyrtec wish I could take the D. I have been taking both Zyrtec in AM and Benedryl at night. No side effects Zyrtec has really helped the way I feel, alergies are managable.

 

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By shash, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/10/14, First Published: 03/06/12