Claritin strength stayed the same for OTC version

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY

Health & Fitness

November 23, 2003|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

Is there any difference between over-the-counter Claritin and the Claritin my doctor used to prescribe?

When my doctor switched me from prescription Zantac to Zantac 75, he told me I would have to take two pills instead of one. Is the same situation true for Claritin?

In the past, the Food and Drug Administration frequently approved lower doses when a prescription drug went over the counter. More recently, however, doses haven't been altered. Claritin and Prilosec OTC are identical in dose to their earlier prescription counterparts.

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