I'm a long-time allergy sufferer. I have been on 10 mg Zyrtec for the past 3 months. While it works well, it is really knocking me out at night-to the point where I am pushing getting late to work because I cannot wake-up easily. And due to the time release, I am getting drowsy early afternoon after lunch. It's starting to affect my alertness and productivity.
I used to take Claritin before the Zyrtec, but felt it did not work as well. Now I am back on it, because Claritin does not make me drowsy.
Is it safe to take regular old claritin in the morning, and then a benadryl at night? To help me sleep? Or is this a bad/unsafe combination?
I don't see any reason why you can't do the claritin/benedryl thing. I ake a benedryl every night even if I took a Zyrtec that morning. But claritin was ike taking a sugar pill for me. You might want to try the allegra.
Been taking Zyrtec about 3 months. Taking every evening around 8P. By 10P, if not earlier, I am soundly asleep. Then it is really difficult getting up the following morning.
If were going to get used to it you would've by now. I would ask about Allegra. Also maybe ask about taking the pediatric dose of Zyrtec. My Claritin experience was like Tichou's, I might as well have taking a sugar pill.
But I agree the Claritin/benedryl thing wouldn't be harmful. I'm just not convinced it would work well.