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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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Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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What is the best antihistamine for treating dermatographism?

What is the best antihistamine for treating dermatographism?

Depends: The choice of an antihistamine depends on individual responses. Usually we try to avoid the older antihistamines which make a lot of people groggy. I usually recommend Zyrtec or Xyzal (levocetirizine) which has much less drowsiness effect than the older ones. The next choice would be Allegra. Experiment with them and see which works the best for you. ...Read more

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What is the best antihistamine to take for urticaria?

What is the best antihistamine to take for urticaria?

Depends: Most people respond best to zyrtec or xyzal, (levocetirizine) as long as they don't get drowsy with them. Everybody reacts differently to different antihistamines, though; most people with urticaria will try many of the available antihistamines, alone or in combination, under a physician's supervision, to get the best control of their hives. ...Read more

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What is the best antihistamine for undiagnosed ruuny nose?

Lots of choices: There are a number of good antihistamines- claritin, (loratadine) allegra, zyrtec, clarinex, xyzal- each with their own profile. If the medication works and does not cause significant side effects then that is probably a good choice. ...Read more

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What's the best antihistamine for allergic nasal pockets and what do you recommend please?

What's the best antihistamine for allergic nasal pockets and what do you recommend please?

Claratin or Zyrtec (cetirizine): Personally i prefer either claratin or zyrtec (cetirizine). These antihistamines are effective and usually non sedating. ...Read more

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Whats the best antihistamine for post nasal drip?

Whats the best antihistamine for post nasal drip?

Not one: Newer antihistamines work to stop itching and sneezing, but unfortunately do little to stop drainage. Older antihistamines may have some ability to stop mucus production, but have side effects like drowsiness. Daily saline rinse for the nose (eg, neti pot) can help. See your doctor or an allergist--there may be prescription meds (eg, ipratropium nasal spray) that can better treat your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best antihistamine for polymorphous light eruption?

What is the best antihistamine for polymorphous light eruption?

PMLE: If your pmle is severe, your dermatologist may recomend one of the following: short course of oral steroids e.g. To cover a summer holiday. Polypodium leucotomas (heliocare™) beta carotene. Hydroxychloroquine. Uvb or puva - a special form of ultraviolet treatment for several weeks in early spring. Antihistamines: oral antihistamines like Diphenhydramine (bendaryl®) have been used to treat hives an. ...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