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How long does it take it for allergy medicine to take effect?

How long does it take it for allergy medicine to take effect?

30-60min: Oral antihistamines take anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes to start working. Steroid nasal sprays may take up to 2 weeks, antihistamine nasal sprays take 20 minutes, and other medications can take longer. If your symptoms are bad, you may not notice a significant effect right away from the medications. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What is considered the most effective allergy medicine to take?

What is considered the most effective allergy medicine to take?

Depends: The most frequently used and most available without a prescription are antihistamines. The new generation ones (zyrtec, claritin, allegra, xyzal, (levocetirizine) clarinex) are safe and effective. The most effective treatments for allergic rhinitis are nasal steroid sprays. The strongest allergy medication would likely be considered oral steroids like prednisone, but the significant side effects limit is use. ...Read more

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I love cats and really want to adopt one but i'm allergic. Is there a good allergy medicine i can take so i can get one?

I love cats and really want to adopt one but i'm allergic. Is there a good allergy medicine i can take so i can get one?

Allergy shots: Allergy medications will not take you a long way if you want to live with a cat. I suggest you see an allergist, get tested then get allergy shots for cats before you get one. ...Read more

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What allergy medicine can I take while nursing ?

What allergy medicine can I take while nursing
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Loritadine/fexofenad: The long acting loritadine (claritin) and fexofenadine (Allegra) are both well tolerated during beast feeding and have minimal effect on milk production. Their molecular nature makes crossover inn BM minimal. ...Read more

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Is alavert allergy medicine okay to take with alcohol?

Is alavert allergy medicine okay to take with alcohol?

Alavert: Alavert is a antihistamine known also as loratadine. I do not advocate the consumption of alcholol with medication yet no reported serious interactions. ...Read more

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What other allergy medicine can you take at the same time as zyrtec (cetirizine)?

What other allergy medicine can you take at the same time as zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Multiple: Zyrtec is an oral antihistamine for allergies. Many people will also use a nasal spray to help with runny nose, nasal itching, and congestion at the same time. The other oral medication that is often given at the same time is singulair (montelukast). ...Read more

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What allergy medicine can i take with klonopin and lexapro (escitalopram)?

What allergy medicine can i take with klonopin and lexapro (escitalopram)?

Avoid: Diphenhydramine (benadryl) and cetirizine (zyrtec), as they interact with klonopin, (clonazepam) you can use plain loratadine (claritin) or fexofenadine (allegra) , all are OTC.good tgat you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, if symptoms aren't controlled, see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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What kind of allergy medicine can i take while taking, tribenzor (amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide and olmesartan) and losarten 100/50?

What kind of allergy medicine can i take while taking, tribenzor (amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide and olmesartan) and losarten 100/50?

Allergy Meds Fine: There are no contraindications for taking these medications while on allergy medicine (like antihistamines or steroid nasal sprays). ...Read more

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I have hyperthyroidism but today my hands are super swollen and it is all over my body, can you help me? What allergy medicine can I take?

I have hyperthyroidism but today my hands are super swollen and it is all over my body, can you help me? What allergy medicine can I take?

Maybe not allergy?: Uncontrolled thyroid disease can cause severe skin symptoms and swelling. Is there a reason you are concerned about allergy? Recommend letting your primary doc or Endocrinologist know what is happening immediately as these symptoms may indicate a need from emergent treatment or short hospital stay. ...Read more

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Can you take allergy medicine with hydrocodone?

Can you take allergy medicine with hydrocodone?

Maybe: I agree with dr. Juster; use caution when mixing narcotics with allergy meds. But, you need to know that hydrocodone is a natural stimulant leading to mast cells releasing histamine and causing itch. Not a true allergy, rather a side effect from the drug. Anti-itch medications can help but they can also worsen drowsiness. Maybe switching to something else would be best. ...Read more

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Might i take allergy medicine (allegra) while i'm sick?

Might i take allergy medicine (allegra) while i'm sick?

Probably: I depends on what type of illness it is. Most of the time antihistamines such as Allegra (fexofenadine) are safe. Best to ask your doctor if it is appropriate in your situation. ...Read more

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When should I take allergy medicine allegra (fexofenadine)?

When should I take allergy medicine allegra (fexofenadine)?

Without food: Fexofenadine (allegra) comes in 2 doses for adults, 60 mg. And 180 mg. The 60 mg dose is taken twice a day, every 12 hr. The 180 mg dose is taken once a day, usually in the morning and it is more effective than 60 mg, 2x/day. Fexofenadine should always be taken 1 hr. Before food because food, especially fatty food, interferes with fexofenadine absorption. ...Read more

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I have bad sinus problems daily. Is it ok to take allergy medicine every day? Or is that harmful? Is there anything else that could help? Thanks!

I have bad sinus problems daily. Is it ok to take allergy medicine every day? Or is that harmful? Is there anything else that could help? Thanks!

Chronic sinusitis: Is a common condition. This condition interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up and causes difficulty breathing. If you have had sinusitis a number of times, and the condition fails to respond to the allergy medicine it is time to see the ENT for possible surgical exploration. ...Read more

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Can I take allergy medicine while breastfeeding? Thanks in advance.

Can I take allergy medicine while breastfeeding? Thanks in advance.

Yes: It is best to check with your child's doctor and your doctor as to what is most appropriate for your situation. ...Read more

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What allergy medicine can my wife take while we're trying to conceive?

What allergy medicine can my wife take while we're trying to conceive?

Depends on symptoms: Depends on what problem your wife uses allergy medicine for. I'd try to avoid any medicine in the first 12 weeks if possible. Neti pot for nasal rinses works a like a champ in patients with allergic rhinitis. Rhinocort is listed category b. It is a nasal spray and works great in people with the above problem. Claritin/zyrtec and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are otherwise safe to take as well. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take allergy medicine while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take allergy medicine while breastfeeding?

Not recommended: These medications are not recommended while breastfeeding as they can significantly decrease your breast milk supply. I would suggest nasal rinses and avoidance of allergens whenever possible. ...Read more

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