Afrin vs Claritin

Afrin
(OTC)
Claritin
(OTC)
Afrin is a respiratory medication.
Claritin is a systemic antihistamine.
Satisfaction Score
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3.5
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.4
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Congestion
3.6
Concern level
1.9
Helpfulness
for Congestion
2.4
Concern level
1.5
Approval Date
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Not Available
April 12, 1993
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
11,999 Discussions
76,378 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Congestion
#3 for Runny Nose
#4 for Flu
Afrin is approved for Congestion and Nasal Congestion and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Allergy
#2 for Itching
#3 for Bone Pain
#4 for Hives
#6 for Sneezing
#7 for Congestion
Claritin is approved for Allergy and Itching and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Afr
Addiction
10
Bleeding
2
Withdrawal Symptoms
1
Apnea
1
Migraines
1
Burning
1
Tinnitus
1
Blood Clots
1
Depression
1
Sleep Disorders
1
Cla
Weight Gain
1
Fungal Infection
1
Weight Loss
1
Palpitations
1
Nose Bleeds
1
Dry Mouth
1
Withdrawal Symptoms
1
Addiction
1
Folliculitis
1
Dry Eyes
1
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Afrin
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Claritin
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Addiction
Afr
Cla
10
1
Bleeding
Afr
Cla
2
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Afr
Cla
1
1
Apnea
Afr
Cla
1
0
Migraines
Afr
Cla
1
0
Burning
Afr
Cla
1
0
Tinnitus
Afr
Cla
1
0
Blood Clots
Afr
Cla
1
0
Depression
Afr
Cla
1
0
Sleep Disorders
Afr
Cla
1
0
Weight Gain
Cla
Afr
1
0
Fungal Infection
Cla
Afr
1
0
Weight Loss
Cla
Afr
1
0
Palpitations
Cla
Afr
1
0
Nose Bleeds
Cla
Afr
1
0
Dry Mouth
Cla
Afr
1
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Cla
Afr
1
1
Addiction
Cla
Afr
1
10
Folliculitis
Cla
Afr
1
0
Dry Eyes
Cla
Afr
1
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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C Category C
Before taking Afrin during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
B Category B
Before taking Claritin during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Afrin and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Claritin and alcohol.
Method of use
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Nasal Drops
Pill
Dosages
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Drops: 0.025%, 0.05%
Spray: 0.05%
Solution: 10 mg/10 mL, 5 mg/5 mL
Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Oxymetazoline Hcl
Loratadine
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Afrin and Claritin: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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