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Doctor insights on: Antihistamine Decongestant Combinations

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Are non-drowsy antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) effective for treating asthma?

Are non-drowsy antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) effective for treating asthma?

Not directly: Claritin is useful to reduce the symptoms of allergies, especially post nasal drip. It should be used with other medications. Mid you are having serious allergic symptoms that worsen your asthma, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Does Beconase nasal spray (beclometasonr dipropionate) and Benylin (Guaifensin & Pseudoephedrine) cough mixture interact with each other?

Does Beconase nasal spray (beclometasonr dipropionate) and Benylin (Guaifensin & Pseudoephedrine) cough mixture interact with each other?

Not likely: Steroid nasal sprays work locally and there is some systemic absorption (varying from 1% -17%). There are no known interactions between these medicines. ...Read more

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Can Claritin (loratadine) non-drowsy antihistamine still cause drowsiness?

Can Claritin (loratadine) non-drowsy antihistamine still cause drowsiness?

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 more

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Can montelkaust, allegra and fluticasone nasal spray be combined?

Can montelkaust, allegra and fluticasone nasal spray be combined?

Ok to combine: Each of the medications listed work by a different mechanism. Montelukast blocks the effects of leukotrienes; allergra is a new generation antihistamine; and fluticasone is a corticosteroid nasal spray. At the usual doses, there should be no problem with interaction. However, if a person is needing this much medication therapy, it may be prudent to consult an allergist. ...Read more

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Sudafed + beconase (beclomethasone) + anti-histamine is good sinusitis medicine?

Sudafed + beconase (beclomethasone) + anti-histamine is good sinusitis medicine?

Yes: It's a good combination for chronic sinusitis, but not acute bacterial sinusitis which would require antibiotics. Decongesting the nose is helpful in acute as well as chronic sinusitis. ...Read more

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Does Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) contain antihistamine?

Does Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) contain antihistamine?

No: Just a mucus thinner and a cough suppressant. In the future, you can just google the product and ascertain the ingredients on most drug products yourself. ...Read more

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Fluticasone propionate nasal spray and doxylamine succinate ok?

Fluticasone propionate nasal spray and doxylamine succinate ok?

Yes: The treatment of allergy nose symptoms can include nasal steroids and antihistamines. ...Read more

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Does cetirizine (aka zyrtec) allergy medication contain any stimulant components?

Does cetirizine (aka zyrtec) allergy medication contain any stimulant components?

No: Cetirizine is also marketed with pseudoefedrine, which can be a stimulant in some people. Avoid zyrtec-d. ...Read more

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Can u mix Claritin with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & sudafed sinus headache?

Can u mix Claritin with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & sudafed sinus headache?

Too many pills: Pne time ok , either claritine orbenadryl plus palin sudafed. See an allergist and or neurologist if headache cont. Good to find the cause. ...Read more

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Is drixine nasal spray similar to nasonex (mometasone)?

Is drixine nasal spray similar to nasonex (mometasone)?

Very different: Nasonex (mometasone) is a prescription nasal steroid spray to effectively treat nasal allergies in patients over 2 years old. It is the most effective treatment for nasal allergies and used on a regular basis. Drixine is available over the counter oxymetazoline, a nasal decongestant which works quickly but designed for short term use (less than 4-6 days) due to risk of rebound nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Is Claritin comparable to benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Is Claritin comparable to benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Both AH: Both act in similar fashion except that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) causes drowsiness and dry mouth in a much higher percentage of people and it works for just a few hours vs claritin's nearly 24 hours duration of action. ...Read more

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Effecive ues of avamys nasal decongestants?

Avamys: That is a medication sold in the phillippines. It is the same medication as that sold in the U.S. Under the prescription name of veramyst. It is a nasal steroid used for nasal allergies. ...Read more

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Which is best zyrtec allegra (fexofenadine) claranex?

Which is best zyrtec allegra (fexofenadine) claranex?

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

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What antihistamine would be comparable to fexofenadine (allegra)? Is Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec comparable?

What antihistamine would be comparable to fexofenadine (allegra)?  Is Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec comparable?

All similar: The various antihistamines such as fexofenidine, Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are comparable for allergy symptoms. Some people will find that one medication works better for them than another one. ...Read more

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