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Claritin And High Blood Pressure Explained

Should you be taking Claritin and high blood pressure is present? Claritin is a 24 hour antihistamine allergen relief that offers the human body relief of symptoms triggered from the exposure to pollen, mold, dust, pets and other allergens. It offers temporary clearing of runny nose, sneezing, itchy watery eyes and nose. But if you have HBP, there are a few important things to know.  

What Is Claritin - Is It An Allergy Reliever?

Also know as Loratadine is an antihistamine that reduces the effect of your body's own natural chemical histamine. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Claritin is used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose and itching of the nose and throat.  It is also used to treat skin hives and itching in people with chronic skin reactions.

Nasal congestion.

How Claritin And High Blood Pressure Relates

If you have high blood pressure most over-the-counter medications are not recommended. These products tend to stimulate the heart, placing more stress on it, and reduce your high blood pressure medication effectiveness.

Claritin is a bit different, though.  Because Claritin does not have a stimulatory effect on the heart, or on blood pressure, it is relatively safe to use by most people with high blood pressure.

However, the version of the medication called Claritin D does contain ingredients that can cause a spike in blood pressure. This product contains pseudoephedrine. It works as a decongestant.

Even those who have controlled blood pressure, due to medication use, should avoid taking Claritin D products.

Claritin is a non sedating antihistamine. Claritin D, on the other hand, is a stimulant and should be avoided.

Taking Over-The-Counter Medications

Those who have high blood pressure must take measures to protect themselves before taking any type of over the counter medications. This includes medications such as:

  • Non prescription pain medications

  • Cold and cough medications

  • Allergy medications (including over the counter products

As a person who has high blood pressure, and perhaps has a cold, the best treatments available are those that doctors recommend.

Contact your doctor and alert him or her to your symptoms. They can offer you advice on what types of medications you can take, based on the medications you are taking and on your condition.

What's The Problem With Claritin D?

Claritin D is a good example of how medications can interfere with the body.  If you have high blood pressure, anything that will stimulate the heart to work harder will increase the amount of pressure in your blood, further pushing your heart.

This could do further damage to the arteries. Also, some medications have bad interactions with each other.

Although you should check with your doctor about using Claritin and high blood pressure medications together, many people will be able to do so.

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