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Claritin question

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive April 2006: Claritin question
By Vicki on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 07:17 pm:

Dd has been suffering with some spring allergy this year. I have some Claritin that I want to give her, but she is freaking out about swollowing this teeny pill. LOL When we had to give her valium for a dental appointment, they had us crush it and put it in applesauce. I have seen some medications that say you can't crush or chew them, but I don't see that listed on this box any place. I called the number listed on the package and they are not open right now and I can't find the info on the website on it. It wouldn't hurt anything to crush it for her would it? If anything, it just wouldn't work right?? Anyone know??

By Vicki on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 07:24 pm:

Nevermind.... I found a 24 hour pharmacy and called, in case anyone ever wants to know, you can't crush them!! LOL

By Colette on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 07:25 pm:

I think clariton would be fine to crush. Is your pharmacy still open? Can you call them?

By Colette on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 07:25 pm:

yikes...disregard my post!

By Luvn29 on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 07:26 pm:

Is it because it is time released? That is the only reason I have ever known you not to be able to crush medications like that...

By Yjja123 on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 07:40 pm:

We (my son & I) live on Claritin year long. He likes to stick his pill in a cheese stick he bites it and swallows and never notices the pill. We tease him because it IS one of the smallest pills.. but it works for him.

By Vicki on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 08:23 pm:

I ran up to the store and bought her the liquid Claritin. She took it, but said it was gross. LOL I told her she could always take the tiny pill! LOL We'll see it she is willing to try it tomorrow night. LOL Thanks!!

By Trina~moderator on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 08:33 pm:

I was going to recommend the liquid Claritin. LOL! There are also "Redi Tabs" that are fast melt tablets.

By Dawnk777 on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 09:24 pm:

It probably shouldn't be crushed because it is time-release, since you only take one in a 24-hour period.

My kids are good about taking pills, which is good, since ibuprofen helps monthly cramps.

By Vicki on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 08:09 am:

Trina, have you ever tried the redi tabs? The store had those also, but they didn't mention a flavor on them. So she picked the liquid in fruit flavor, but as I said, she didn't like it too much. I am wondering what flavor the redi tabs are and if they are any good. I wish she would just take the silly little pill, but I haven't given up working on her yet. LOL Dh takes the pills on and off and I start them in the fall and take them for the better part of a month for fall allergies. So we always have those on hand!!

Also, right now her biggest problem seems to be the scratchy throat. This weekend, her eyes were watery and even a little swollen at times and she has been sneezing, so it is pretty clear that it is a allergy. But the scratchy throat seems to be the worst symptom of all. Is there any little home remidies that I can try for that in connection with the Claritin? I don't want to drug the poor little thing up, but she is coughing allot. It isn't a slimy cough or anything, just a dry scratchy throat cough. Any suggestions for that? I sent some cough drops along with a note for them to school today with her, but if there is something better, I would be willing to give it a try! Thanks so much!!

By Yjja123 on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 10:11 am:

We have the scratchy throat. The best thing is the cough drops with honey in the middle. The honey coats the throat and the scratchy feeling goes away. We go through a bag of them a month. My allergies drive me nuts in Florida and my poor son takes after me.

By Tink on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 10:18 am:

My ds uses the Claritin redi-tabs. I have to admit (don't hate me!) that I don't have any issues with allergies so I've never taken them but he HATES taking medicine and it's always a battle. This is one of the few pills that doesn't bother him. They dissolve SO fast that he really doesn't have a chance to get upset before they are gone. I'm not sure they even have a flavor before they've completely disintegrated.

My dd is dealing with the dry raspy cough right now, too. Poor things. That cough sounds miserable and their poor throats must hurt from it.

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