Is it ok to take loratadine and ibuprofen at the same time? Can I take Claritin and Advil at the same time? Is is ok to use an antihistamine with ibuprofen?
Loratadine (brand name Claritin) is a second generation antihistamine. It is use to treat allergy symptoms and allergic reactions. It is generally well tolerated with the most common side effects being headache, drowsiness, fatigue and dry mouth.
Ibuprofen (sold under the brand names Motrin® and Advil®) is an NSAID or nonsteroidal anti-inflamitory drug. It is used to treat pain, inflammation and fever. Short term used is usually tolerated really well by most people. The most common side effects include: water retention, dizziness, rash, itching and stomach upset.
There is no interaction between loratadine and ibuprofen, it is fine to take Claritin with Advil or Motrin. As long as you can tolerate the medications on their own, there has been no identified interaction that would prevent you from using them together. In fact, the combination of the two can relieve allergy symptoms very well for many people. Ibuprofen has no interactions with any antihistamines and is safe to use with any antihistamine.
Always be sure to check with you doctor or pharmacist is you are uncertain about using over-the-counter medications, there can be certain health conditions where you would want to avoid the above medications.