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I gave my 8 years old, 75 lbs son 10 ml of Dimetapp multi cold symptoms. Can i give him children's Claritin?

Unless the child's doctor prescribed both to be given, I would say no. I would not recommend giving two different (at least 1 being long acting) antihistamines to an 8 year old in the same day. 

The Claritin (loratadine) is a long acting antihistamine and is dosed only once per day. Dimetapp is available in many different formulations, including one that contains loratadine. Some of the Dimetapp products contain short acting antihistamines (brompheniramine in various chemical salts) as well as other drugs.

Use only one or the other following the dosing instructions on the container you have.

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