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Can over-the-counter medicine work for allergies?

Can over-the-counter medicine work for allergies?

Yes: There are a lot of different OTC antihistamines that help relieve allergy symptoms. In addition, there are a few intranasal steroid sprays that recently went OTC including Nasacort (triamcinolone) and Fluticasone nasal sprays. Saline rinses are also available. ...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 the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

It depends: You have to be cautious with any medication. Some antihistamines may cause you to be drowsy and impair you specially when driving, others do not have this effect. Read labels carefully and determine what is best for your lifestyle.
Avoidance of triggering factors is useful if you know what you are allergic to.
A visit to the allergist may be in order! ...Read more

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What are the best allergy drugs that are available over the counter?

What are the best allergy drugs that are available over the counter?

3 major ones: Non-sedating are loratidine (claritin), fexofendadine (allegra) and cetirizine (zyrtec). Diphenhydramine is very effective as well but is sedating. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are good allergy perscription drugs that are available over-the-counter now?

I was wondering what are good allergy perscription drugs that are available over-the-counter now?

OTC Allergy Medicine: Otc meds include oral anti-histamines which are longer acting and cause less tiredness, such as claritin/alavert, zyrtec, and allegra. Their generic counterparts are acceptable. Nasal sprays include nasalcrom, which is safe and non-habit forming. Eye drops such as alaway and zaditor (ketotifen) are good options. Decongestants present by pill, nasal spray, and eye drops should be used only short-term. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

Allergy medications: Unfortunately there is no "best" brand. Different patients respond better to one medication than to another. Loratadine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine and certrizine are all effective. ...Read more

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What's the best over-the-counter medicine for spring allergies? I'm an 18 year old female

What's the best over-the-counter medicine for spring allergies? I'm an 18 year old female

CLARITIN/ZYRTEC/ALLE: Of the non sedating ones zyrtec/claritin/allegra are all good for an 18 years old all available over the counter in brand name and generic version as well. ...Read more

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I have a one year old that has allergies what over-the-counter medicine can I give him. He weighs 20 lbs ?

I have a one year old that has allergies what over-the-counter medicine can I give him. He weighs 20 lbs ?

Check with pedi MD: Though there are several antihistamines available in liquid form only a few have dosing for under 2 years old. Before giving any meds to 1 year old you should check with the baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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What do doctors think is the top over-the-counter allergy medicine?

Depends type allergy: There is not a jack of all trades med. For allergies some are better with nasal drip some with congestion some with cough.Also if you take the same type for too long efficacy reduces so some times you have to switch to a different kind. ...Read more

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What are good allergy prescription drugs that are available over the counter?

What are good allergy prescription drugs that are available over the counter?

Many: I prefer allegra, (fexofenadine) it is non drowsy and once a day. There is also zyrtec that you should take in the evening as it makes some people tired. ...Read more

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I have allergies and over-the-counter medicine don't work what do I do to get rid of the allergies?

Allergies: See an allergist for testing and appropriate medical care. Add a salt water wash twice daily to your current regimen. It will help a lot. ...Read more

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Do over-the-counter allergy medicines work for oral allergy syndrome if you take a pill before eating?

Do over-the-counter allergy medicines work for oral allergy syndrome if you take a pill before eating?

No: The only thing that works for oas is allergy shots to reduce your sensitivity. I don't know exactly why that is, but I've never met a single patient who had found any medication that prevented oas symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?

What to do if I need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?

Cat allergy: Allerga or zyrtec (cetirizine) taken an hour before contact with the cat should work, if you live with one, go see an allergist and get desensitized for it, as it is only going to get worse with time. ...Read more

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I'm highly allergic to pollen. I tried singular and almost every over-the-counter allergy medicine. Is there another method or medication to help me?

I'm highly allergic to pollen. I tried singular and almost every over-the-counter allergy medicine. Is there another method or medication to help me?

Allergy shots: There are some prescription medications that could be tried including prescription nasal sprays. Another long -term approach is allergy shots; see a board certified allergist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have taken every over-the-counter drug possible. (zyrtec, clariton, etc.) is there a way to get rid of these allergies?

I have taken every over-the-counter drug possible. (zyrtec, clariton, etc.) is there a way to get rid of these allergies?

Sure there is!: Once medications no longer control your allergies, it is time to see a board certified allergist. You can get tested and see if you are a candidate for allergen desensitization. These provide you with long term relief from your allergies and minimize your dependence on medications. Find one in your local area at acaai. Org or aaaai. Org. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for curing itchy eyes?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for curing itchy eyes?

Saline/antihistamine: You can try any over the counter antihistamine eye drops, avoid any that have additional medications in them such as a vasoconstrictor because they can cause rebound effect. Some examples: zyrtec, claritin, zaditor (ketotifen). Also use saline throughout the day which will help. Keep drops cool in refrigerator to provide more relief. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter allergy medicine can someone with high blood pressure take?

What over-the-counter allergy medicine can someone with high blood pressure take?

Antihistamine: Depends on what medications you're taking. Most over-the-counter antihistamines would not pose a significant problem as long as the do not contain decongestant. Cannot comment on specific interactions without knowing what medications you're taking. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies? I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies? I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?

Allergy: Otc decongestant nose sprays like afrin are very helpful but can only be used 3-4 days. Medications like zyrtec and Allegra are very good. Nasal saline spray is good because it washes out pollen, etc from nose and also acts as mild decongestant. Eye drops like visine allergy are very helpful. Nasal crom nasal spraay is helpful and safe but inconvienent because it requires frequent use. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended over-the-counter allergy medicine for itchy/watery eyes?

What is the most recommended over-the-counter allergy medicine for itchy/watery eyes?

Zaditor (ketotifen): My personal favorite otc allergy medicine is zaditor, (ketotifen) an antihistamine drop manufactured by novartis. This drop is used twice daily for allergy symptoms and can be used daily as needed. ...Read more

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? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak

? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak

Talk to YOUR doctor: If you have emphysema/bronchitis, you need a physician with experience in treating pulmonary diseases, and should probably be on a number of medications, including regular inhalers to improve pulmonary function, and acute "rescue" inhalers for sudden symptoms. There are other meds as well. What otc meds you take depends on your other meds, blood pressure etc, and cause of heart murmur. See md. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure, is there a good over-the-counter medicine for allergies and sinus headaches and pressure?

I have high blood pressure, is there a good over-the-counter medicine for allergies and sinus headaches and pressure?

Antihistamines: Generally, antihistamines are safe and do not affect blood pressure. Avoid decongestants. Essentially, all of the decongestants are vasoconstrictors. There is no evidence that decongestants are helpful for chronic conditions and should be avoided by almost everyone. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.

What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.

Patanol (olopatadine): I prefer patanol (olopatadine) drops. There are others which are similar. The important thing is to wash your face with a cool wash cloth before applying to remove any lingering allergens from your facial skin and around your eyes. This helps my patients a great deal. If you're not better with drops see an allergist for testing, you may want to consider allergy shots. ...Read more

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My three year old son is experiencing coughing, yellow runny nose, watery eyes, and dark colored lose stowels for the last 3days I have tried using over-the-counter children allergy medicine but his condition continues to worsen.

My three year old son is experiencing coughing, yellow runny nose, watery eyes, and dark colored lose stowels for the last 3days I have tried using over-the-counter children allergy medicine but his condition continues to worsen.

If: If your son is worsening instead of improving, you should call his doctor and have him seen. Viral illnesses can last 7-10 days total, but should start to improve after the first 3 to 4. If he is worsening, he could be developing a bacterial super-infection such as sinusitis, an ear infection or bronchitis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Itchy throat, itchy eyes, and runny nose. What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

Claritin, (loratadine) allergra..: Good evening,
for symptoms of allergy such as itchy throat, itchy eyes and runny nose, over the counter medications such as Claritin (loratadine) 10 milligrams are safe to take. Frequent use once per day may be needed until the end of pollen season. ...Read more

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A good over-the-counter medication for allergies.

A good over-the-counter medication for allergies.

Antihistamine: Usually you will need an antihistamine with a decongestant but many people need a rx nasal spray to control the nasal symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective over-the-counter allergy medications?

Numerous: There are numerous over the counter medications depending on your problem and other health issues/medications you may be taking. Claritin, Allegra and zyrtec are all antihistamines which used to be prescription and generally have fewer side effects than older antihistamines such as benadryl (diphenhydramine). It is best to ask your doctor or pharmacist about what may be appropriate for your situation. ...Read more