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Is it OK to take Claritin while racing or riding hard??(7 posts)

Is it OK to take Claritin while racing or riding hard??huez
May 3, 2002 8:24 AM
How about any other allergy medicine? My allergies have been getting bad lately and I want to take some medicine but dont know if it will be bad to do while riding. Thanks.
re: Is it OK to take Claritin while racing or riding hard??critmass
May 3, 2002 9:26 AM
Pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in Claritin and most allergy medicines, raises blood pressure and heart rates. I would be careful about strenuous riding while taking it. If you do race while using it keep an eye on your heart rate.
Try working out hard and see how your body takes it.Quack
May 3, 2002 9:33 AM
I have never had great luck using ephedrine products during intense exercise. My heart feels like it is going to beat through my chest and even my thought processes are affected. I get so wired that I can't concentrate or even sit still. During mild exercise, I would say no problem. But, I am not a doctor, nor am I an expert. I bet if you go to Claritin's website, you will find info relating to using their products during exercise. Ephedrine products do seem to enhance athletic performance, which is probably why they are a banned substance.
re: Is it OK to take Claritin while racing or riding hard??t-bill
May 3, 2002 9:43 AM
I can sympathize with you. From what I understand, it is o.k. to do athetic activity when taking claritin/alegra/etc. They dull your senses a lot less than otc antihistamines. However, it has dampened my performance a bit. My lungs tend not to respond like they do when I'm not on drugs. They affect everyone to a differnet degree so you may have a different experience - fyi... I'm about 185 lbs. On another note. You should probably find that while doing vigorous exercise, you don't need these drugs because the body produces natural antihistamines (seratonin?? (sp?))

Something to think about.

Should be fine...ViperRulz
May 3, 2002 10:27 AM
Actually, pseudoephedrine is not the main ingredient in Claritin; it's loratadine, which is an antihistamine. Pseudoephedrine is included in Claritin D (along with loratadine)... The D is for decongestant. Any of the antihistamines should be fine--Claritin, Allegra, Clarinex, Zyrtec, etc. They all work in pretty much the same way--they are all antihistamines that are good at not producing the drowsiness that Benadryl produces. Histamine is the big culprit in allergies. Claritin and Allegra both offer a D version, which includes the pseudoephedrine. Those are also pretty safe, but can affect heart rate and blood pressure among other things. I would say try to make it w/ one of the antihistamines first.
Well that makes more sensesalmonwheel
May 3, 2002 11:54 AM
My daughter uses Zyrtec, and I didn't think there was a decongentant in it. Our spec sheet given to us by the doctor doesn't say anything about limiting physical exercise.

Didn't know about the natural antihistamine boost during exercise, I'll have to drag her out for a ride to see how she does
re: Is it OK to take Claritin while racing or riding hard??king or norway
May 3, 2002 4:05 PM
I've been having bad allergies this season including asthma which gets worse when I ride. I've taken claritin and use a ventalator when needed without incident. I asked my doctor about using these products with heavy exertion and he said it was alright. Unlike some people, I don't experience any stimulant type effects (increased heart rate or speed sensation) with claritin. Rather I believe it helps me keep my allergies including running nose, itchy eyes and breathing difficulties at bay. I have not noticed any downside effects as commented on in an earlier post. You may want to check the actual dose of the calaitin. My pills are white and extremely small. However, my friend was given Claritin pills that were rather large and he said he felt extremely wired with a racing heart rate. these might be the Claritin "D" someone mentioned.