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How do antihistamines make benign prostatic hyperplasia worse?

How do antihistamines make benign prostatic hyperplasia worse?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines decreases the ability of the bladder muscle to contract. As a result, if you have an enlarged prostate causing obstruction, it would make it twice as difficult to urinate. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


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Which is a good antihistamine that will not enlarge a prostate?

Which is a good antihistamine that will not enlarge a prostate?

Not related...: Antihistamine can decrease bladder contracting ability so its use in the elderly may make some developing urinary retention. Such situation mislead some people to think antihistamine makes prostate enlarged, that is, not true, but further impairing bladder ability to squeeze urine out of bladder through the already narrowing prostate urethra. ...Read more

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Are there any antihistamines that can be taken safely for men with enlarged prostate?

Are there any antihistamines that can be taken safely for men with enlarged prostate?

Yes: Some antihistamines have been implicated in cases of urinary retention in men. A large prostate is per se a risk, and certain medications can precipitate this problem. However, the most potent risk is from decongestants like sudafed and phenylephrine which constrict the bladder neck and are often combined with antihistamine. Nonsedating medications like Claritin (loratadine) should carry less risk by itself. ...Read more

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What are the common uses of antihistamine?

What are the common uses of antihistamine?

Antihistamine 4 itch: Antihistamines (ah) block histamine receptors and stop histamine from causing itching and swelling. They are mainly used to treat allergies and hives. Some are sedating; those are used as sleep aids. Many otc sleep meds contain Diphenhydramine (benadryl). ...Read more

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Is Flixonase an antihistamine?

Is Flixonase an antihistamine?

Steroid Nasal Spray: Flixonase or Flonase (fluticasone proprionate) is a steroid nasal spray commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis by decreasing the allergic inflammation in the nasal mucosa. It is not an antihistamine. ...Read more

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Is there an antihistamine cream?

Yes, but avoid: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream is available. While some people find temporary relief for insect bites with this, in general it is not very effective compared to other antihistamines taken as pills or tabs. For generalized rash, it really doesn't make sense. ...Read more

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Does antihistamine make you drowsy?

Older ones do: First generation antihistamines (benadryl, clor-pheramine, atarax) cross the blood brain barrier and cause lethargy. Second generation (allegra, claritin, zyrtec, xyzal, (levocetirizine) clarinex) cause the blood brain barrier at a much lesser amount and more targeted to the h1 receptor. ...Read more

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Can you use antihistamine and wine?

Can you use antihistamine and wine?

Not a good idea: Antihistamines (especially the older ones such as benadryl) can cause drowsiness and impairment and this can be worsened by the effect of alcohol even at regular doses. There are other allergy medications available that can be taken if a glass of wine is desired. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more