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What is the best OTC antihistamine?

What is the best OTC antihistamine?

OTC antihistamines: The second generation zyrtec, allergra or Claritin (loratadine) are comparative. None are perfect. Zyrtec is slightly more likely to make you tired ot sleepy. Often one works a little better than another and I adise you to test all three. ...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


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What is the best time to take an antihistamine?

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 you tell me what is the best medicine for antihistamine?

Can you tell me what is the best medicine for antihistamine?

New generation ones: The new generation antihistamines include Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra and Xyzal (levocetirizine). These are as effective as older antihistamines (Benadryl, hydroxyzine, chlorpheniramine). Each person may respond differently to the different products and therefore trying them one at a time can be helpful. Since they are over-the-counter and generic (except for Xyzal (levocetirizine)), they are affordable and available. ...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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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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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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Which antihistamine is best for itching (eczema)?

Which antihistamine is best for itching (eczema)?

Several choices: While just about any oral antihistamine will help the itching associated with eczema, I have good results with Cetirizine (zyrtec). For children with significant itching at night, i'll use Atarax (hydroxyzine) as it helps itching and causes drowsiness to help them sleep. While Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is inexpensive and will help, it lasts about 6 hours and some people have drowsiness and slow reaction time. ...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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What's the best antihistamine for post nasal drip?

What's 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 chicken and dust allergy?

What is the best antihistamine for chicken and dust allergy?

Non-sedating group!: Good morning, allergies increase the level of histamine and cause different symptoms based on the location of exposure. Any antihistamine will reduce the effect of histamine such as runny-nose, sneezing, cough, and other symptoms. In dust-allergy, in addition, inhaled antihistamines can produce a local beneficial effect. Non-sedating antihistamines, Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra are preferred. ...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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When is the best time to take an antihistamines for an allergy? Why?

When is the best time to take an antihistamines for an allergy? Why?

It depends: It depends on the antihistamine and when you are exposed to the cause for your allergies. Antihistamine pills generally take at least 30 minutes to two hours to take effect and peak hours later. Pollen levels are highest in the morning, but if you are exposed to other allergens such as animal dander or dust, those levels would affect you at night. Take it a few hours before your worst time. ...Read more

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What are some good natural alternatives to taking antihistamines for allergies?

What are some good natural alternatives to taking antihistamines for allergies?

Natural: Consider saline nasal rises such as neilmed that you can get at any pharmacy without a prescription to remove nasal allergies but also using a otc med such as naph con a. ...Read more