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Allegra Non Drowsy
Yes: Claritin is a second generation antihistamine which causes much less drowsiness than first generation antihistamine, like benadryl (diphenhydramine). The number of people who feel drowsy on Claritin is so low that it is labeled "non-drowsy". But each of us is unique. I have plenty of patients who feel drowsy on claritin, especially petite women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fexofenadine is an antihistamine which is used to treat allergies such as hayfever, and hives. It can be taken once or twice a day. It is a second generation antihistamine and does not cause as much drowsiness as other antihistamines such as Diphenhydramine (benaryl) or chlorpheniramine. Always be careful about drowsiness with any antihistamine especially if driving ...Read more
Individual variance: Any medication can produce non-typical effects on some of the population that is not seen in others. Claritin (loratadine) does not seem to cross into the brain in most people, allowing for a lack of sedation for most.However, all of us have some differences in how our body reacts to some medications ant this can be one of them. For you, the medication likely reaches your brain and causes stimulation. ...Read more
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Depends: All 3 of the mentioned new generation antihistamines (zyrtec, allegra, (fexofenadine) clarinex) are effective for treating allergic rhinitis and hives. What's interesting is that each individual person may respond better to one over the other. While every allergist probably has his/her favorite, truth is...They all work. If not happy with one, try a different one! ...Read more
Are there any new, more effective allergy meds than zyrtec, claratin, allegra (fexofenadine)...etc.?
Allergies - hayfever: Everyone is unique and that includes the distribution of histamine receptors that we all have. Thus some anti-histamines work well for some people while other meds don't. It's a matter of finding the right antihistamine for u. Older meds like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might actually be worth a try. Seeing an allergist would be best as there are new meds just coming out now for allergies (grastek, oralair, Ragwitek ...Read more
What antihistamine would be comparable to fexofenadine (allegra)? Is Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec comparable?
Allergies: good question. Not really taking the drug between 4 to 6 pm helps not the D form) as that is before things bloom adding in a nasal steroid spray (which is otc) in the am also helps. Your doctor could add in singulair (montelukast) at bedtime as well. Bad season this year ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Work differently: Claritin in a non-drowsy antihistamine. It doesn't cause sleepiness, but you need to use it every day for it to work really well. It's lousy for severe allergic reactions because it takes days to be fully effective. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and only lasts for six hours, but is great for severe allergic reactions and works very quickly. If you're exposed and need help now, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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