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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I have whole body allergy from years and i self medicate with antihistamine. I have disturb sleep and severe pruritic at night. I develop hair loss.

I have whole body allergy from years and i self medicate with antihistamine. I have disturb sleep and severe pruritic at night. I develop hair loss.

See specialist: An allergist is uniquely qualified and specifically trained to diagnose and treat individuals with severe allergies. While self medication may help, a person may be able to find significant more relief with the guidance of a specialist. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotic drugs and antihistamines make you gain weight?

Do antipsychotic drugs and antihistamines make you gain weight?

Mostly, yes: Antipsychotics all have some antihistaminic properties. Almost all antipsychotics are associated with some weight gain. As with all prescription medication, the benefits and risks are an important part of the discussion between doc and pt. That prescription drugs are now being advertised to pts, in order to manipulate the physicians prescribing practices, is just one more abomination in the fld. ...Read more

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Now knowing that older antihistamines like hydroxyzine make you gain weight, how soon after I stop taking it will I start to lose the weight?

Now knowing that older antihistamines like hydroxyzine make you gain weight, how soon after I stop taking it will I start to lose the weight?

Depends: Once your appetite returns to normal, you will have to eat less (particularly carbs) and exercise more to lose the weight which was gained. The speed of loss depends on how much less you eat and how much more you exercise. ...Read more

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I gave expired antihistamine syrup to my 30 months old son incidentally...Is it dangerous?What s the side effect on him?

I gave expired antihistamine syrup to my 30 months old son incidentally...Is it dangerous?What s the side effect on him?

Expired drugs: There should be no side effects as expiration is usually based on loss of drug effectiveness. Drug companies err on the side of shortening times to expiration. Actually many drugs are effective long after expiration dates. Expired drugs are commonly used effectively by volunteer organizations when no other drugs are available. Relax! ...Read more

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I have sever hives which continued over 3 weeks so far. What might be the cause(s)? Would telfast or aerius antihistamine meds. Work? Which one better

I have sever hives which continued over 3 weeks so far. What might be the cause(s)? Would telfast or aerius antihistamine meds. Work? Which one better

Hives.: Books are written discussing the many causes of hives. The most common cause would be a reaction to a new medication or food. It is often very hard to find the precise cause without doing an elimination diet and or stopping the inciting medication. Hives can also be caused by viruses, airborne allergies, cold, heat, friction and internal disease. ...Read more

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What is the best time to take an antihistamine?

Any time: You can take antihistamines any time of the day.Take them same time of day everyday. ...Read more

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Can i die by taking too many antihistamine tablets?

Can i die by taking too many antihistamine tablets?

Taking lethal over: Dose would do that. Lethal overdoses of antihistamines are rare. Are you considering taking an overdose of antihistamines? If so, please get help right away. You can use national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255). If you have accidentally taken too many antihistamines please contact 1-800-222-1222 (poison control hotline). Take care. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from an overdose of antihistamine pills?

Is it possible to die from an overdose of antihistamine pills?

Which one: First generation antihistamines are sedating, second generation ones are not, overdosing on the latter hardly kills, but may cause sedation. Overdosing on first generation antihistamines may be more of a problem, but again they are safe in high doses. ...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

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Which antihistamine dries up drainage best?

Which antihistamine dries up drainage best?

1st generation: as diphenhydramine, because of more anticholinergic effects, but would cause more sedation, read the labels well, don't drive or operate machinery while using them, if they still don't work, see your doctor for better diagnosis and management ...Read more

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Which is the best antihistamine for children?

Which is the best antihistamine for children?

Several are good: Loratedine (Alavert,Claritin), Cetirizine( Zyrtec)and Fexofenadine (Allegra)are all effective. Dyphenhydramine (Benadryl) is short acting so if you want the reaction not to come back in the middle of the night then one of the above would be better. Remember that you should not give children under 2 antihistamines without checking with your doctor. Between 2-4 y/o you should also ask. Not for colds ...Read more

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How can I tell if my antihistamines are working?

Feeling better?: The symptoms that they are intended to treat improve. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take three different antihistamines?

Is it ok to take three different antihistamines?

Not a good idea: Unless specifically instructed by an allergist. I have only seen people on more than one antihistamine for severe recurrent hives (urticaria). Taking too many antihistamines at once can cause issues with urinary retention and other problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...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