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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is naphazoline hydrochloride an antihistamine?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: It is a pharmaceutical , formerly available only by prescription, but now over the counter since the drug went generic. It is useful and frequently effective.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Not anticholingeric but a decongestant with alpha-agonsit properties. I'm telling you this, so you can alter your answer.
May 3, 2012
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Not an antihistamine: Naphazoline is a vasoconstrictor and an Alpha agonist. It is not an antihistamine, although it can be combined with one.
Dr. John Norvell
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
No: This medication is not an antihistamine.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is naphazoline an antihistamine?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Clears the red: Naphazoline is an agent which causes the blood vessels in your eye to constrict and thus, resolving redness.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
I agree with Dr. Rezvani. Naphazoline is NOT an antihistamine. As a vasoconstrictor, it helps relieve redness, but there are other eye drops that are more effective at preventing and treating eye allergies.
Mar 12, 2013

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