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Zyrtec vs Claritin vs Allegra, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 50

This is personalized comparison of Zyrtec vs Claritin vs Allegra for a female aged 50. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Zyrtec (latest outcomes from 29,941 users) has active ingredients of cetirizine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies.

Claritin (latest outcomes from 24,190 users) has active ingredients of loratadine. It is often used in allergies.

Allegra (latest outcomes from 23,852 users) has active ingredients of fexofenadine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies.

What is the symptom

Irritability (latest reports from 23,359 patients) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, stress and anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

On Oct, 13, 2014: 10,053 female patients aged 48 who take the same drugs are studied in Zyrtec vs Claritin vs Allegra

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female48Allergies

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Zyrtec cetirizine hydrochlorideMcneil Consumer
Claritin loratadineSchering Plough
Allegra fexofenadine hydrochlorideSanofi Aventis Us

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 48 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Zyrtec (Mcneil Consumer)Claritin (Schering Plough)Allegra (Sanofi Aventis Us)
Irritability1.69%0.84%1.78%

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zyrtec (Mcneil Consumer)Claritin (Schering Plough)Allegra (Sanofi Aventis Us)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Headache (pain in head)Chest PainChest Pain
Drug IneffectiveFatigue (feeling of tiredness)Headache (pain in head)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Drug IneffectiveDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)DepressionFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
DizzinessHeadache (pain in head)Dizziness
Chest PainPalpitations (feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing)Drug Ineffective
Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Depression
DepressionDizzinessArthralgia (joint pain)
Weight IncreasedArthralgia (joint pain)Anxiety

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zyrtec (Mcneil Consumer)Claritin (Schering Plough)Allegra (Sanofi Aventis Us)
Headache (pain in head)Acute Myocardial Infarction (acute heart attack)Insomnia (sleeplessness)
Insomnia (sleeplessness)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Tiredness (feeling of tiredness)
DepressionDyspepsia (indigestion)Arthritis (form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints)
VertigoTachyarrhythmia (disturbance of the heart rhythm in which the heart rate is abnormally increased)Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)
AnxietyMitral Valve Incompetence (inefficient heart valve)Premature Aging
Vertigo - Positional (disorder arising in the inner ear cause vertigo)Weight IncreasedTransient Rds (a short term laboured breathing in newborn)
Urticaria (rash of round, red welts on the skin that itch intensely)Arteriospasm Coronary (spasm of the large- or medium-sized coronary arteries)Pain - Bones
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Tricuspid Valve Incompetence (inefficient heart valve)Hives
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (pain at the temporomandibular joint due to various causes of increased muscle tension and spasm. it is believed that syndrome is a physical manifestation of psychological stress)Sacroiliitis (an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint)Acne (skin problems that cause pimples)
DizzinessIntervertebral Disc DisplacementDepression

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Zyrtec4.53%12.85%29.47%37.78%15.37%
Claritin1.89%21.89%40.38%30.19%5.66%
Allegra2.38%17.86%37.50%29.17%13.10%

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Zyrtec (cetirizine hydrochloride) is often used to treat allergies. Claritin (loratadine) is often used to treat allergies. Allegra (fexofenadine hydrochloride) is often used to treat allergies. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Recent related drug comparison:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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