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Best Antihistamine For Sleep
Yes: It depends on the specific meds and other factors as one's body size. ...Read more
I would like to stop taking antihistamines daily, I've been using them for over a yr nightly to sleep, do you recommend weaning and if so how?
I've taken melatonin and antihistamines to help me sleep for a long time now, I'm in perfect health so the Dr's say, how do I sleep without the aides?
Had anxiety bp went 160/100 pulse 120 bpm. Managed by 2 hrs. Then prescribed antihistamine for better sleep but developed boil after 2days. Is this bad?
Lots here.: The boil is likely not related to the other symptoms. The insomnia may be related to the anxiety. Yes- that BP & heart rate are elevated. What are you doing to address your anxiety? Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. ...Read more
I often get a sore throat and the causes wary. Sometimes if I go out in the cold weather or even if I drink something cold or sometimes even if I am tired & sleep late etc. Any suggestions on any medications (e.G stronger antihistamine etc) that can help
Sore throat: Finding the cause & treating it. Those meds. Are for lowering temp. And soothing discomfort temporarily. Consult your pcp. ...Read more
After taking Xanax (alprazolam) or antihistamines or melatonin for just one night, I can't sleep at all the following night. Why?
I'm in my 40's. I take no meds, only unisom to sleep, and other antihistamines, im having more trouble reaching orgasm now, is there a correlation?
Orgasm: There may be decreased lubrication and blunting of desire which may lead to mild inorgasmia. ...Read more
Suddenly itching without rashes, after wearing new shirt. Took antihistamine but still feel the same. Severe at night cannot sleep. 2 days already.
Skin between my fingers is chapped & flaky due to antibacterial soap use. I scratch in sleep so never heals. How to heal? Oral antihistamine's useless
Rash Between Fingers: Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica is a skin condition caused by a Candida Albicans infection, characterized by an oval-shaped area of skin on the web between and extending onto the sides of the fingers. Another possibility is hand eczema. Treatment depends your diagnosis. See you local dermatologist for the correct diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more
After just one night of useing xanax, (alprazolam) antihistamines or melatonin to induce sleep, I am awake the entire night! Never used to have this reaction. Why?
Not the right combo: Each of these meds can help sleep or agitate. Combining them all on the first night? Melatonin is mostly benign but when used with vitamin b6 (think 5 hour energy) agitation can result. Some brands still include b6. Antihistamines are known to produce agitation in susceptible people. They learn who they are. Xanax (alprazolam) has a rapid onset but the rapid stop can agitate and cause reuse (think addiction). ...Read more
I have been taking antihistamines for my hives (entire body), and they are working. But now I developed a small area of skin that's itchy and dry, and it has gotten bigger every day because I scratch it in sleep. Can this be caused by antihistamines?
No: As you have suspected, it is likely from the scratching. Consider taking your antihistamine up to 4 x daily to control the itching. You can also switch to a different antihistamine if you suspect that your current antihistamine is causing the problem. In the meanwhile, leave a bottle of anti-itch agent at your bedside to control the itching during the night. ...Read more
Allergic reaction to laundry detergent. I have a terrible rash and can't sleep. I get severe akathisia from antihistamines. What else can I take?
Detergent reaction: You can try OTC topical hydrocortisone 1% cream. Akathesia, although very rare, may occur with first generation antihistamines as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), hopefully not the case with the newer less sedating as loratadine or desloratadine, as for your akathesia vs RLS, I believe you need to see an experienced neurologist for assessment, best wishes ...Read more
I have difficultly breathing through my nose while trying to sleep, I take nightly antihistamines. Am I hurting myself? Will rhinoplasty help?
Not hurting yourself: By taking the antihistamine every night, but you're not doing yourself any good not being evaluated by an allergist/iImmunologist, you maybe allergic to dust mites or maybe just having chronic Rhinitis, until evaluated you can perform simple environmental maneuvers: keep pets away from bedroom, wash your pillows often, avoid smoking/smokers, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in ur area ...Read more
Does mucinex help post nasal drip? I have taken oral antihistamines, masonry and Sudanese and I'm still having really bad post nasal drip as I sleep.
My 6 yr old son began coughing 2 days ago. Sounds congested. Waking in his sleep now with wheezing. Had OTC cold/cough+antihistamine. Not helping!
No OTC: I'm not surprised the over-the-counter meds didn't help. Studies have clearly shown they are pretty much a waste of money in kids, and probably just delay appropriate treatment if needed. Many of these things are caused by viruses, but if you are hearing audible wheezing, then your child needs further evaluation to see if prescription medications would be helpful. Don't wait until monday. ...Read more
What is the reason behind 1st generation antihistamine induce sleep (by which mechanism cause sleepiness in our brain)?
Anticholinergic: First generation antihistamines block the h1 and h2 histamine receptors but also have some anticholinergic effects by partially blocking other receptors. This can lead to dry mouth, urinary retention, sedation and other side effects. This is usually dose dependent and worsens with high doses. ...Read more
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
Last night I have taken zyloric 300 and xyzal (levocetirizine) (antihistamine). All night I couldn't sleep du to pain all over bone or skin and now chest tightness?
Been prescribed flomax for under active bladder. Causing severe nasal congestion to the point where I cant breathe and struggle to sleep. What can I take to decongest as antihistamines are alpha antagonists and flomax is an alpha blocker?
Stop Flomax: The side effect you are experiencing is annoying, but but not dangerous. Stop the Flomax and talk to your doctor about an alternative medication. ...Read more
My 2-year old son breathes loudly when sleeping, and has done so as long as I can remember, even when in good health. His tonsils seem swollen if I look in his throat. We’ve tried antihistamines but in vain. What other non-surgical options are there?
I would suggest a visit with ENT, Some options include nasal saline rinses, nasal steroids and avoiding allergens and smoke.
Another measure to try is a cool air mist humidifier at night. As his facial dimensions change the issue of large tonsillar size may cause less snoring. Watch for any apnea (periods of no chest movement) and report any related symptoms. ...Read more
My daughter she's a 3 years old, complaining about her throat, and she has a cough and she snores while asleep, she's taking antihistamine is it enough?
Poor sleep 5+yrs. Had allergies 2nights ago & took benadryl (diphenhydramine). Best sleep in YEARS 2nights in a row. Is benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe as sleep aid? Need restful SLEEP
Is it ok to take cetirizine (an antihistamine) for sleep? Or, is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) better for sleep?
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