Can You Take Hyland's Homeopathic Products With Claritin?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses if Claritin is safe to take with Hyland's homeopathic products.

Question

Can a two-year-old take Hyland's Nighttime Cold medicine if they have taken Claritin that morning?

Asked by Stephanie On Apr 19, 2022

Answered by
Medical Content Reviewed By HelloPharmacist Staff

Published Apr 24, 2022
Last updated Apr 26, 2022

Key points

  • There is no known drug interaction between Claritin and Hyland's homeopathic products (including Hyland's Nighttime Cold).

Hello and thanks for reaching out!

It's always a good idea to look into or ask about potential interactions when combining medications for the first time, and we're happy to help!

I'm going to lump in most of Hyland's product offerings into this answer since they all (as far as I can tell on their website) are homeopathic products, which generally have a very low risk of having drug interactions since they contain extremely small amounts of active ingredients.

When it comes to combining Claritin with Hyland's products, there are no known drug interactions between the two. They are safe to take together.

What Is In Hyland's Nighttime Cold Medicine?

Hylands Cough NighttimeAs mentioned, Hyland's makes homeopathic products, which follow the principle of 'like cures like'. In other words, illnesses and symptoms are treated using a highly diluted ingredient that in larger doses, would cause the same symptoms or illness.

Since the active ingredients are highly diluted, they are unlikely to cause any significant drug interactions.

Let's take a look at the ingredients in Hyland's Nighttime Cold Medicine. It contains:

  • Allium Cepa 6X HPUS
  • Coffea Cruda 6X HPUS
  • Chamomilla 6X
  • Hepar Sulph Calc 12X HPUS
  • Natrum Muriaticum 6X HPUS
  • Phosphorus 12X HPUS
  • Pulsatilla 6X HPUS
  • Sulphur 12X HPUS

We can get an understanding of homeopathy in this product by focusing in on the first two ingredients.

The first ingredient, Allium Cepa, is another name for the common onion. For anyone that has cooked an onion, we know that it tends to cause eye-watering and nasal symptoms.

The second ingredient is Coffea Cruda, another name for unroasted coffee beans. Coffee typically has a stimulant effect.

These ingredients are added to this homeopathic preparation because, in usual amounts (e.g. a cup of coffee, or an onion mixed in with dinner), they would cause the symptoms that are being treated.

Now, the '6x' and '12x' you see in the ingredient list is the dilution factor.

Remember that homeopathic preparations are generally highly diluted. Every '1x' is a 1:10 dilution (1 part active ingredient per 10 parts non-active ingredient)

  • 1X = 1/10
  • 2X = 1/100
  • 3X = 1/1000
  • 6X = 1/1,000,000
  • 12X =1/1,000,000,000,000

So, Allium Cepa 6X means there is one part 'Allium Cepa' per 1,000,000 (one million) parts inactive ingredient (like water).

Do Hyland's Products Have Drug Interactions?

As mentioned at the beginning of this answer, it's extremely unlikely that any Hyland's homeopathic product will have a drug interaction since they contain such little active ingredient.

Hyland's website says as much in their FAQ section:

Q: Can Hyland's products be taken with other medicine? 
A: In general, our products have no known drug interactions. Please consult your healthcare provider to see if particular products are appropriate in your individual case.
Hyland's Manufacturer Website


I do want to note that although the vast majority of homeopathic products are safe in regard to having minimal side effects and no drug interactions, that's not always the case. Zicam for one example, a homeopathic zinc product, was linked to a loss of taste and smell

Final Words

Circling back to your question regarding the safety of combining Hyland's Nighttime Cold Medicine and Claritin, there is no known drug interaction between them. You can feel safe taking them both together.

Thanks again for reaching out to us! We hope this answer helped.

References

  • Hyland's Naturals FAQ, Hyland's
  • FDA: Homeopathic Products, FDA
  • Homeopathic medicinal products for preventing and treating acute respiratory tract infections in children, PubMed

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