Can you take Claritin and mucinex at the same time?
No. You can take them together. One is a "mucus loosener" and the other is an antihistamine. But Mucinex also comes as Mucinex-D, and Claritin also comes as Claritin-D. Don't take those together, since you'd be getting a double dose of decongestant.
Q: Can I take Mucinex DM and Sudafed at the same time? A: Mucinex DM contains guaifenesin and dextromethorphan. Sudafed is generally used during the day, because it can affect sleep. There are no interactions between these two over the counter products and they can be safely taken together.
- Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Sudafed is used to treat nasal and sinus congestion, or congestion of the tubes that drain fluid from your inner ears, called the eustachian (yoo-STAY-shun) tubes.
- Mucinex D Dosage. Adults and children 12 years of age and older typically take two tablets of Mucinex D every 12 hours. You shouldn't take more than four tablets in a 24-hour period. Children under age 12 should not use this medicine.
- It's OK to mix ibuprofen, acetaminophen and guaifenesin (Mucinex) because they are in different drug classes. You are wise to ask this question because you should never take products that cause you to "double up" on medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Too much ibuprofen can cause internal bleeding.
It is safe to take together Sudafed and Zyrtec. There are no dangerous interactions between these two medications. However, patients should always talk with their doctors or pharmacists first before taking these medications together.
- The normal adult dose is 5mg to 10mg taken at the same time each day. I cannot recommend taking more than the recommended dosage. Studies show that the 1/2 life of Zyrtec (half of the medication still in the body and not eliminated) is around 8 hours.
- Some types of them can help relieve your runny nose and sneezing when you have a cold. Most experts say that histamine isn't the major cause of a runny nose when you have a cold. Even so, some of the older antihistamines, such as brompheniramine and chlorpheniramine, can bring relief.
- Zyrtec-D (cetirizine and pseudoephedrine) is a combination of an antihistamine and a decongestant used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as nasal and sinus congestion, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or runny nose.
Antihistamines combined with a decongestant are usually marked with a "D." Claritin-D, Allegra-D, and Zyrtec-D all contain a decongestant called pseudoephedrine, the same active ingredient that powers Sudafed. It makes your nose feel less stopped up by narrowing the blood vessels inside your nostrils.
- Cetirizine is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).
- Antihistamines and decongestants won't cure your allergies. But they'll give you much-needed relief for a runny or congested nose. Antihistamines target histamine, which your body makes during an allergic reaction. That relieves swollen nasal passages and congestion.
- It is safe to take together Sudafed and Zyrtec. There are no dangerous interactions between these two medications. However, patients should always talk with their doctors or pharmacists first before taking these medications together.
Updated: 6th December 2019