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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antihistamine picks: To answer this we need to know what symptom you want the antihistamine to treat. If you want to stop itching, oral steroids can be used, they are very strong and work well but have loads of side effects and dangers. For a runny nose from allergies, nasal antihistamine or corticosteroid sprays are more effective; montelukast can also be tried. None of these are otc, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure: Give it a try and see how much it helps. ...Read more
Probably not: Oral allergy syndrome is usually caused by pollens and sometimes nuts. Claritin, zyrtec and Allegra (fexofenadine) can help with pollen allergies. But like any other allergy, it is best to stay away from the problem. Have an allergist test you and see what treatment would be best. ...Read more
Might I use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) itch cream(extra strength) with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?
Possible, unlikely: It can cause you to be sweaty, but this would be unlikely. ...Read more
Besides doxylamine & diphenhydramine, what other OTC antihistamines cause drowsiness? Without a prescription.
Allegra (fexofenadine): All antihistamines especially the first generation ones (benadryl, bromchlorpheniramine, CTM) can cause drowsiness when given in sufficient doses. Zyrtec (cetirizine) at the recommended dose and Loratadine at 2x the recommended dose can cause drowsiness in some people. The least likely AH to cause drowsiness is fexofenadine (Allegra). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad allergies.Claritin, Zyrtec, chlor tabs, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) no help.Little relief from allegra. Can't use nasal spray or Saline. Any suggestions?
Keep taking..: The allegra (fexofenadine) regularly, not on as needed basis, and see your doctor, you may need prescription medications. Environmental control is important too, i.e. Avoid triggers of your allergies, cats, dogs, smokers, etc.. Better if you can see an allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more