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hydroxyzine for hives

A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends: Some people get drowsy with just 10 mg , others can take 100 mg without any drowsiness. The drowsiness effect tends to decline after a few days. I th ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Unrelated: Although they can both cause drowsiness, they are not allergenically or chemically related.
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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Hydroxzine loses its effect after some time due to tolerance, so you will need to increase the dose, and unlikely it will control the symptoms, you se ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Nonsedating meds: although in some cases, these are "less" sedating, one can try otc cetirizine, fexofenadine, or loratadine
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you drowsy so be cautious if you drive or do other activity. You need to see your physician to clarify why you hav ... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Allergies: Atarax (hydroxyzine) in an antihistamine and blocks the release of histamine. It may help to prevent the triggers that cause your asthma but it does n ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Antihistamines: some hives respond better to first generation antihistamines, but in general if the hives are chronic, they are better suppressed with a second genera ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristi Woods
22 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, but: It is bit much, especially the prednisone. And the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes most people sleepy. I would recommend a non-sedating antihistamine ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Sure: As long as you know what the side effects are and can tolerate it
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A female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not always the case: yes benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an effective medicine and stood the test of time, but different patients respond differently to different medication ... Read More
A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Itching: You probably need to see an allergist to identify the cause of the itch. Sometimes it can be an allergy or a skin condition or an immune problem. Some ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Sinha
52 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: You can take it and should til you find out the cause , do see an allergist.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Avoid combination: Both Zyrtec & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are antihistamines and as such, should not be taken together in same 24hr period due to potential interac ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better than zantac. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an h1 blocker, zantac is not. I like Allegra more than Benadryl (diphe ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roji Andrews
28 years experience Pediatrics
Not recommended: Both Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are anti histamines. Claritin is long acting usually used once a day and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is sh ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Vistaril (hydroxyzine): Vistaril (hydroxyzine) has a lot of sedation as it's side effect. It may be wiser for you to not use the vistaril (hydroxyzine) and use the zyrtec si ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Better not: may cause CNS and respiratory depression if taken together, we don't know how much hydroxyzine you are on, and you don't want o hold it for the treatm ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
Good sleep practices: Atarax/hydroxyzine is a prescription antihistamine/anti-allergy medication. Because it can be sedating, some people find it helpful for insomnia, at l ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
36 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Mildly helpful: First, make sure you aren't having early anaphylaxis (generalized shock). If only heat hives (small, pinpoint) my experience is that cetirizine (or le ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes.: Sometimes you need a little more medication. I usually have my patients stick with the same antihistamine rather than take two different ones. I also ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: It is OK because singulair (montelukast) is not an anti-histamine. It works by a different mechanism to help with allergies / sinus problems.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Green
44 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Depends: If you are taking plain zyrtec (cetirizine) (antihistamine only) you can take dayquil, but you should not take nyquil which also contains an antihista ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Hives: Yes, Allegra (fexofenadine) will work for hives with minimal sedating effect.

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