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Allergy Medicine Take
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
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
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
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
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
I think I am having an allergic reaction but I'm breastfeeding my son. Is there an allergy medicine I can take that's safe & won't decrease my supply?
What allergy medicine can I take if I am taking Lexapro (escitalopram)? I can not stop sneezing and constantly have a runny noise!!!
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
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
I wake up every morning with extrememly bloodshot eyes, blocked nose, and overbreathing. Is this from dust mites? What allergy medicine could i take?
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
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
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
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
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
I have bad allergies but whenever i take allergy medicine my sinus cavity hurts the entire day. Is that normal? Is it drying me up too much?
Sinus pain: Hello. Yes your antihistamine may be causing a drying effect on your nose and sinus lining. This may cause your pain. It may be beneficial to see your doctor and begin a steroid nasal spray. This will reduce inflammation in your nose and sinuses more effectively without the drying. ...Read more
If a 1 year old is taking allergy medicine(claratin) can she take cold and fever medicine(advil)?
Medications: Yes, both medications are compatible and can be taken together. ...Read more
Sides of throat hurts. Not the same side always it switches sides. Could sinus cause this. I take allergy medicine but does not seem to be helping.
Does continuing to take allergy medicine (allergy pill and nasal spray) prevent the flu or common cold?
Absolutely not: Allergy medicine is great for treating allergies and the nasal steroids such as Flonase may provide some slight symptomatic relief during a nose cold. Allergy meds (or any of several other treatments advertised as preventing a cold) really do little to prevent the cold. The best prevention is the simple old-fashioned stuff, wash hands frequently, avoid sick people and rest and take care when sick. ...Read more
OB in charge, but: Whoever managing your pregnancy should be aware of all medications, as interactions are important. That said, FDA labels medications for safety in pregnancy. Look for B or higher rating (Zyrtec, Claritin, (loratadine) others). Sometimes C is ok, obviously avoid D or X. But if high risk pregnancy, stick to just saline nose spray, and especially careful first trimester. Some cautious women just deal: no meds. ...Read more
I constantly look tired I've tried dark circle cream, I have allergies I take medicine for it what else could I try so I don't look so tired?
Nasal congestion: Studies have correlated the degree of the dark circles to the severity of nasal congestion. Oral antihistamine does not provide decongestant effect and thus you should try OTC nasal steroid. If the problem fails to improve after a month, consult an allergist. ...Read more