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Atarax Sedating Antihistamine
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
Can't tell: It depends on the dose and how your body responds to them since either is sedating to a degree. ...Read more
Itching: You probably need to see an allergist to identify the cause of the itch. Sometimes it can be an allergy or a skin condition or an immune problem. Some tests are warranted at your age to find the problem. ...Read more
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
Probably yes.: Many people report their 'daily' non-sedating antihistamine in the am does not provide relief until next am. So, if no concerns for gu/heart/bp/med-conflict issues, then they often take a 'sedating' antihistamine at night for continued symptom relief and 'bonus' of sleep aid effect. ...Read more
Zyrtec (cetirizine): Polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) (dexchlorpheniramine) is an older antihistamine that is not used as often due to dosing every 8 hours and side effects (impaired driving ability). Effectiveness of polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) was similar to Claritin (loratadine) while a study in healthy adults showed zyrtec (cetirizine) to be a better antihistamine than polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate). Go to: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/2972549. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is diphenydramine, an old first generation antihistamines that lasts about 6 hours and can cause drowsiness and other side effects. Claritin (loratadine) is a new generation antihistamine that can last 24 hours and has less side effects. At this time, there is no real advantage to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) unless a person also wants some sleep.... ...Read more
Pretty rare: Drowsiness & fatigue are reported by ~2% of users. Headache, abdominal pain, sore throat, diarrhea have been reported. Rare but reported side-effects include liver damage, seizures, & low platelet counts. I have been in practice for 29 years and have occasionally seen drowsiness, headache and abdominal pain associated with Claritin (loratadine) but none of the others so far and its a very commonly used drug. ...Read more
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & Codeine: Hello. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and codeine taken together could make you sleepy so please make sure that you are not driving, operating equipment, or involved in any activities which require your cognition to be 100% on point! Are you taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to counteract itching from codeine? If so, you may need to talk to your provider about trying something different. ...Read more
Not the only one: There are a number of antihistamines that have also been helpful in treating acute anxiety. It would be best to discuss these options with your psychiatrist to find the right medication choice for you, as the sedation that often occurs with antihistamines can be quite hindering. ...Read more
Is there any side effects when you take antihistamines like atarax (hydroxyzine) for a longer period?
What is the best antihistamine for adjunct therapy to treat anaphylaxis (of course after epi... Injection vs pills ex: Atarax or Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is fast acting and is a good adjunct to epinephrine. However for the days following a severe allergic reaction, Zyrtec is great as it lasts a longer amount of time than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doesn't make you as sleepy. Atarax is fine but is a prescription medication and not indicated for acute allergic reaction ...Read more
Sedation: No. All three are sedating in their on right the combination would be greater due to synergism. In other words we aren't merely adding a sedating effect we are multiplying it. ...Read more
To treat non anaphylactic allergic reactions faster (hives and itchiness) would it be better to go with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) IM or Atarax IM?
IM of either: but the difference may be merely 30 minutes. ...Read more
Intense body itching x3 days, no rash. No changes in lotion, soap, conditioner, dryer sheets, etc. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lasts 2-3 hrs, atarax lasts 4. Ideas!?
I have had hives for 3 months. Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin, atarax, zyrtec, chlor-trimeton made things worse. Zantac did not help. What should I do?
Troublesome problem: Chronic hives are difficult. Your list of medicines is typical and some find that tagomet can provide some relief but you may be better served by seeing an allergist & having some testing done. If you can identify a food or other trigger that you could avoid you might have better luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
30 weeks pregnant. Miserable itching rash that has spread all over body and face. Has tried benadryl, (diphenhydramine) atarax and multiple creams unsuccessfully?
PUPPP: You may have puppp - pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, a benign but itchy problem that resolves at delivery. But there are many causes of itchy rashes. If miserable see your primary care provider, midwife, OB or dermatologist. A picture is worth a 1000 words. They may know it & what is best to do when they see it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benadryl (diphenhydramine).....: is probably the most readily available sedating antihistamine. It is a common ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) preparations for sleep, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM -- the PM part is diphenhydramine, the generic name for Benadryl. Another one I like to use is hydroxyzine (also known as Vistaril or Atarax) but that is only available as a prescription, however its metabolite is Zyrtec, which is OTC. ...Read more
Depends: Some people get drowsy with just 10 mg , others can take 100 mg without any drowsiness. The drowsiness effect tends to decline after a few days. I think Zyrtec is a better option because it is just as effective and the drowsy effect is at least 80% less than Atarax (hydroxyzine). ...Read more
I understand that one cannot become addicted to antihistamines, however, can't people become addicted to the sedating effects of drugs?
Tolerance: You become tolerant to the sedative effect of first generation antihistamines and with time you will no longer feel sedated from them. If you are using then as a sleep aid, will you need more with time to achieve the same level of sedation. It is not an addiction, it is tolerance to the medication. ...Read more
My baby is five months female she find difficult in sleeping.can i take advantage of the atarax (hydroxyzine) side effect of sedation and what's the dose & duration?
See ped: It is better for you to find out the cause for the sleeping problem than to treat it with a medication. ...Read more
If i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before getting on a plane, will the sedation from it help with my plane anxiety?
I am taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with minimal side effects only light sedation. Going to try hydroxyzine. Will I get more side effects than Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
If I have developed resistance to benadryl's sedating effects( +/-150mg), will it still work4allergy?
Give it a try: Diphenhydramine (benedryl) is a very effective antihistamine, holding on to histamine binding sites better than some products. Its drawback other than sedation has been its limited duration of effect, eclipsed by products like zyrtec (cetirizine) that can last all day. Sedation is not a measure of its worth, only its ability to get into your brain and mess with neurotransmitters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son is scheduled for dental work with sedation tomorrow & has to fast from tonight. Is it safe to give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the morning for motion sickness?
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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