Okay to use Claritin daily?

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bookworm21
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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
So spring weather has only been around for a couple days and I'm already feeling the allergies--itchy eyes, tingly throat, runny nose and sneezing. I feel like it's going to be a bad allergy season. Is it okay to use Claritin daily?

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   Posted 3/22/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
hI BOOKWORM21...I have been using Loranatide [similiar to claritin] as an anti allergy remedy for 2 years consistently and had no side afferct at all and 6 month blood checks show no problems with internal organs.If it eases your smptoms go for it...nothing better than breathing easy and no sneezing or runny eyes....take care Grooveyxx

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   Posted 3/22/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes it's okay to use Clartin daily, it's been around for years...but you should see your
doctor cause if you have year round allergies you might need something stronger,
but it's always good to check with a doctor, keep us posted...
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   Posted 3/22/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeppers it's perfectly safe :) I have been on one allergy med or another consistantly for over 2 years now. But Clariten is where I started. Gotta love those allergies right??
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bookworm21
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   Posted 3/22/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   

That's good to know! I took some Claritin after lunch and felt MUCH better.

Are there any eye drops other than Visine? Visine only gives me relief for 2-3 hours, so I'm wondering if there's anything else. Thanks!


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   Posted 3/22/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Be very careful with the eye drop's, as in prolong use can lead into dry eye's with those..
Try getting into see a good asthma/allergy doctor and getting allergy testing perphaps
could be that shots might help better with your allergies....
Hope your feeling better soon...
Keep us posted...
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   Posted 3/23/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes there are several forms of eye drops that do not contain vasoconstrictors such as Visine. Visine works really well but if it is used longer then 3 days can make your eyes dependant on it which Char stated - maybe into dry eyes but not Dry Eye. There is a difference between the two believe it or not. lol One tip on the Clariten, it is safe to take at any time of day BUT if you ever have to switch to Clariten D, this has to be taken in the mornings or it can interfer with your sleep.

Btw, I have a feeling also that this season is going to be HORRIBLE for allergies! I have been woken up several times in the past week or so from sneezing and then sneezing all morning long and I am on TWO allergy meds! Ugh! :)
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   Posted 3/23/2009 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow...I had no idea that you're not supposed to use Visine drops for more than 3 days! I've been using it every allergy season since I was kid, and I'm sure I've used it for more than 3 days in a row. What's the difference between dry eyes and Dry Eye? And what's the difference between regular Claritin and Claritin-D?
 
Sherry, allergy meds won't interfere with UC meds, right?
 
I see my GP this week, so I was thinking about asking for allergy tests. Thanks for all the help!

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   Posted 3/23/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Dry eyes are where your eyes dry out from a variety of things - wind, allergies, medicines, fatigue etc. Dry eye syndrome is where your eyes actually stop producing tears and is the result of diseases such as Lupus, Sjorens, RA, auto immune conditions and hormonal changes. Dry eyes can be soothed by OTC eye drops and can be a minor nuisance while Dry eye syndrome usually requires more attention. Yes, Visine shouldn't be used long term because the vasoconstictors (redness reliever) can have a rebound affect on some people. Meaning that it can cause you to use more and more of it to help the redness and itchiness or after stopping it, it can make your eyes feel worse. If you have allergy eyes, you can ask your dr for a prescription eye allergy drop.

Clariten does not contain a decongestant while Clariten D does. Decongestants can raise your pulse and heart rate which is why it shouldn't be taken at night. Decongestants are great if you have alot of post nasal drip. It helps dry the snot up :) But if you don't have any PND then regular Clariten works well.

And no, these meds won't interfer with your Uc and your meds.
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   Posted 3/24/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck on the allergy testing and keep us posted...
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wyodakcowgirl
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   Posted 3/30/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there allergy pal! :)
I was wondering if you have tried any natural methods to achieve relief from allergies.
I have started taking lots of antioxidants to help my immune system stay healthy, and to help relieve excruciating sinus pain. I have never been an advocate of pharmeceuticals. I was just wondering if you have given anything else a try?

Happy Monday!

bookworm21
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   Posted 4/2/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
cowgirl, what would you suggest? Are getting antioxidants from food or supplements? The only natural thing I've tried a humidifier, which I think actually gives me a dry throat. My immune system is a mess anyway--I'm on immune-supressing for my ulcerative colitis.
 
Is itchy skin caused by spring allergies? I am so itchy right now...ahhhhhh!

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   Posted 4/4/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had better luck with Optique 1 eye drops (available in health food stores) than any other brand for general dryness, irritation, etc. I've also used Opcon-A antihistamine eye drops for severe eye allergy symptoms (works better than prescription Patanol drops for me).

Itchy skin could be from pollen allergies, but could also be from medications. Check with a pharmacist before adding over-the-counter medications just to make sure you don't have any interactions between your prescriptions and the over-the-counter meds.

Do you have an air filter that removes pollen and dust out of the air in your house? If not, I strongly recommend getting one...mine helps tremendously.

Good luck,
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Georgia19
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   Posted 4/7/2009 4:57 AM (GMT -6)   
bookworm21 said...
So spring weather has only been around for a couple days and I'm already feeling the allergies--itchy eyes, tingly throat, runny nose and sneezing. I feel like it's going to be a bad allergy season. Is it okay to use Claritin daily?


Hi bookworm21! I can't answer your question if it's okat to use claritin daily.. I just have a suggestion.. Why not try searching? For sure it'll help. Or, why not visit a skin doctor and have a check-up? I think it's better for you coz ifever that the experience of those to whom you asked an opinion is different from yours. Your allergies just might get worse. That's all I can say.. Hope you'll feel better soon! :-)
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