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Zyrtec or allegra (fexofenadine) for hives: which is the better antihistamine?

Zyrtec or allegra (fexofenadine) for hives: which is the better antihistamine?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): Which drug is better fora specific patient cannot be predicted. I generally try zyrtec first because it does cannot claim not sedating. A little sedation helps alleve itching. Allegra, (fexofenadine) claritn, and Clarinex are allowed to claim no sedation. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Hives (Definition)

A condition characterized by an outbreak of red bumps that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, or other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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What's best for allergic cough-oxomemazine, cetirizine, loratidine or fexofenadine?

What's best for allergic cough-oxomemazine, cetirizine, loratidine or fexofenadine?

Post-nasal drips?: If the cough is from post-nasal drips , then I prefer using cetirizine or fexofenadine. A better option would be a nasal steroid. However if the cough is from a sinus infection, you may then need an antibiotic; from asthma, you will need asthma medications. Best to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) more effective for hives than allegra?

Why is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) more effective for hives than allegra?

Antihistamines: some hives respond better to first generation antihistamines, but in general if the hives are chronic, they are better suppressed with a second generation antihistamine, such as Allegra (fexofenadine) or Zyrtec as they are longer acting and less sedating ...Read more

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Wy is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) more effective for hives than Allegra?

Not true.: The second generation antihistamines ( cetirizine, fexofenadine, loratadine) are just as effective as the first generation ( diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine). The effect you see may be difference in dosing? ...Read more

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What is the best OTC antihistamine for eczema? Claritin, (loratadine) allegra or zyrtec?

What is the best OTC antihistamine for eczema? Claritin, (loratadine) allegra or zyrtec?

NONE: No antihistamine helps eczema. Antihistamines are useful for histamine- driven conditions: urticarias. Hives. Antihistamines relieve itch if there is urticaria, but not eczema. ...Read more

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Does Claritin (loratadine) work for sun allergy?

Does Claritin (loratadine) work for sun allergy?

Partially: I assume you mean hives or itchy rash from sun exposure (solar urticaria or polymorphous light eruption). Antihistamines can help treat the itch associated with the hives. If rash occurs often, taking an antihistamine daily may help. Sunscreen with uva and uvb blockers may help as well. These may not help other sun-sensitive rashes (eg, with lupus). See an allergist or dermatologist for more info. ...Read more

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Which is better for allergies zyrtec or claritin (loratadine)?

Which is better for allergies zyrtec or claritin (loratadine)?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): Zyrtec (cetirizine) has more anti-allergy or anti-inflamatory effects than clariten (loratidine) and is often better for most allergic symptoms. It does cause drowsiness in some patients. Antihistamines work best when taken at bedtime if you are taking them on a daily basis - as in a pollen allergy or allergy to a pet that lives in your house. ...Read more

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Should I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec for a cat allergy?

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Should I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec for a cat allergy?

Depends: If you only have eye itching, runny nose, or sneezing, either may help but can make you groggy (especially with Benadryl). However if you have asthma or nasal congestion, you are out of luck. If the cat allergy is severe, nothing will work well with continuing exposure and allergy shots may be your best bet. ...Read more

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What's better for hives, Zantac 150 or benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

What's better for hives, Zantac 150 or benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better than zantac. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an h1 blocker, zantac is not. I like Allegra more than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) because Allegra does not cause drowsiness. ...Read more

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Which one better for sinus infection? Claritin, (loratadine) allegra, zyrtec

Which one better for sinus infection? Claritin, (loratadine) allegra, zyrtec

None of these: These medications are antihistamines which counter the affects of allergies. They are not antibiotics which are typically prescribed for sinus infections. Decongestants and sinus rinses may help with the symptoms associated with the sinus infection, but these antihistamine medications, in my experience, do little for this condition. ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for hives?

Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for hives?

Yes: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you drowsy so be cautious if you drive or do other activity. You need to see your physician to clarify why you have the hives. ...Read more

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Can I use zyrtec (cetirizine) for hives caused by peanut reaction?

Can I use zyrtec (cetirizine) for hives caused by peanut reaction?

Yes: Zyrtec (cetirizine) will help with hives caused by food, drug or environmental allergies. If there are other symptoms beyond just hives be sure to have and not be afraid to use self-injectable Epinephrine (such as EpiPen). Zyrtec will not necessarily prevent anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Can i take prednisone, Zantac and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies?

Can i take prednisone, Zantac and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies?

Yes, but: It is bit much, especially the prednisone. And the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes most people sleepy. I would recommend a non-sedating antihistamine, such as loratadine, cetirizine, or fexofenadine. ...Read more

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Need alternative to zirtec for allergy-induced asthma. Allegra and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) don't work, nor albuterol asthma inhalars. Claritin gives me nasal pain.

Need alternative to zirtec for allergy-induced asthma. Allegra and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) don't work, nor albuterol asthma inhalars. Claritin gives me nasal pain.

Allergic help: You will definitely need to speak with your physician about this. Other alternatives include the short acting chlorphenamine (chlortrimetron), sold over the counter. There are prescription medications - xyzal, singulair, xopenex, (levalbuterol) Flonase and more. Ultimately - make sure you speak with your physician about this, since the medications you have tried so far are not providing relief for you. ...Read more

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Will Claritin (loratadine) allergy controller stop or at least help with allergy rash?

Will Claritin (loratadine) allergy controller stop or at least help with allergy rash?

Depends: The term "allergy rash" is non-specific. If it is poisen ivy or ecxema, a rash characterized by dry, scaly patches where itchiness is a major symptom then antihistamines such as Claritin or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may be helpful. Zyrtec, in my experience, is actually better for itchiness. In more severe cases, topical or oral corticosteroids may have to be used. ...Read more

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Which is better for nasal allergies: levocetirizine or cetirizine hcl?

Which is better for nasal allergies: levocetirizine or cetirizine hcl?

Whichever works: for you would be the best to use, although it treats only one aspect of the disease, nasal itching and runny nose ,won't affect congestion, also during an allergy season you need to take it on regular, not on as needed basis, in the end if you are not controlled you need to see an allergist ...Read more

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If allergic to 1 antihistamine, am i allergc to all? Have seen a few hives after benadryl, (diphenhydramine) xyzal, & now allegra. Coincidence or true allergy?

If allergic to 1 antihistamine, am i allergc to all? Have seen a few hives after benadryl, (diphenhydramine) xyzal, & now allegra. Coincidence or true allergy?

PROBABLY COINCIDENT: It is not possible to be allergic to all antihistamines and these are all different componds you listed.Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) xyzal and allegra.I will like to know what you call allergy, what are the symptoms and what kind of rash if any with these three antihistamine. It is possible but this kind of allergy will be considered rare consult your doctor who treated your allergies in first place;may beallergist. ...Read more

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Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy work for breathing problems?

Does Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy work for breathing problems?

Not typically: Benedryl helps by blocking histamine, so it is most useful for allergic problems like runny nose. It also is an effective sleep aid. It does not help much with asthma despite the fact that asthma is often allergy related. This is because of the inflammatory nature of asthma. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

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