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Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Not unsafe...: But probably less efficacious. If you still want to take it, it will likely not harm you but may not work as well as an unexpired dose. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Do you take allergy pill with nightquil?

Do you take allergy pill with nightquil?

Not necessary: Nyquil is a multi-symptom cold relief medication that already contains an antihistamine. Therefore it is not necessary to take additional antihistamines such as found in allergy tablets. ...Read more

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What is the best pill to take for allergies?

What is the best pill to take for allergies?

Antihistamines: There are several newer antihistamines that are now over the counter. They all are about the same. Allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) to name a few. Try these at suggested dosage. If they don't work, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should it take for an allergy pill to work?

How long should it take for an allergy pill to work?

1/2 to 1 hour: Some antihistamines require metabolism in the liver to be converted into the most effective form to block histamine. These antihistamines take at least 1 hour to become effective. However, some antihistamines like allegra, xyzal (levocetirizine) and Clarinex are already in the active form and begin to work as soon as they are absorbed which take about 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Can I relieve my allergies without having to take more pills?

Can I relieve my allergies without having to take more pills?

Yes w/Allergy shots: The approach to treat allergies is three-fold: avoid the offending allergen if possible (easiest for indoor allergens like pet dander); medications (like antihistamines & nasal sprays); and immunotherapy (shots) that decrease your body's sensitivity to airborne allergy provokers. When the first 2 approaches don't work or medicines cause side effects, shots are the best way to improve allergies. ...Read more

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Why is it that allergy pills don't work every time I take one?

Why is it that allergy pills don't work every time I take one?

Timing: Antihistamines work by blocking histamine receptors in your body. If the receptors are all full of histamine already (reaction has occurred), then there is nowhere for them to go and it will not make a difference in allergy symptoms. If you take them before exposure to allergens they can block the receptors and you will have less symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs if you take 5 50 mg allergy pills?

Can you tell me what occurs if you take 5 50 mg allergy pills?

It depends: You have not specified which allergy pills. If you are talking about over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) taking 250 mg at once can cause drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation. Obviously it is better not to exceed recommended doses unless directed by a physician. ...Read more

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What will happen if I took an expired store brand allergy pill?

What will happen if I took an expired store brand allergy pill?

Probably nothing: It's not good to take expired medicines, as they may have lost some potency and might not work as well. In most cases though, they are not likely to be harmful to you. For allergy pills, there should be no harm, but they might not work. ...Read more

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Which occurs if you take an allergy pill when it wasn't needed?

Which occurs if you take an allergy pill when it wasn't needed?

Usually nothing: Most allergy pills are antihistamines. Antihistamines are typically a safe class of medications when used in usual doses. The most common side effect could be drowsiness especially if the antihistamine is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or one of the other older antihistamines. ...Read more

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Which is now the top pill to take for outdoor/indoor allergies?

Allegra (fexofenadine) or zyrtec: Most non-sedating antihistamines work about the same. The more recent isomeric formulas, like clarinex, (desloratadine) simply cost more. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my allergy pills are expired, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my allergy pills are expired, what do you suggest?

New prescription: Medication that has past the expiration date should be replaced. It's unlikely that antihistamines that are beyond expiration date are harmful, but the drug company cannot guarantee the potency. The longer the medication is past the expiration date, the more likely that it has lost some potency. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen if you take 5 50 mg allergy pills in one day?

I'm curious what could happen if you take 5 50 mg allergy pills in one day?

Allergy med: Is this benadryl (diphenhydramine) or something else? This is a very high dose and not recommended unless guided by a physician ...Read more

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What type of allergy pills can I take to help with all-year-round allergies?

What type of allergy pills can I take to help with all-year-round allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Allergy shots also option. See Allergist to determine what medications could give you lasting relief. ...Read more

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Help please. Could anything happen if I take allergy pills and I have no allergies?

Yes: Your body develops a tolerance to certain medications and if you do not need to take them, then don't. Medications have side affects- including sleepiness. Why risk side affects by taking medication you may not need at this time? Medication is not candy and taking it should not be done lightly. Consult with your md further. ...Read more

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What type of allergy pills can I take to help all year round allergies? Does that mean daily pills forever?

What type of allergy pills can I take to help all year round allergies? Does that mean daily pills forever?

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

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I have to take this medicine, but yesterday I found out I have been taking allergy pills instead. Will anything happen?

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I have to take this medicine, but yesterday I found out I have been taking allergy pills instead. Will anything happen?

Probably not: Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra are non-sedating and have minimal side effects or drug interactions. Zyrtec is low-sedating. My main concern is that you would not be receiving the benefit of the medication you were supposed to take. ...Read more

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Please help! I can't remember if I took an allergy pill today. Should I take another?

Please help! I can't remember if I took an allergy pill today. Should I take another?

Perhaps: The most common allergy pills are antihistamines. There is minimal risk of taking an extra new generation antihistamine such as claritin, Allegra or zyrtec. However, taking extra older antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) could result in excessive drowsiness. In general antihistamines are pretty safe class of medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take a daily allergy pill and take benedryl d in the same day?

Is it possible for me to take a daily allergy pill and take benedryl d in the same day?

Yes: Zyrtec, Allegra, and Claritin are non-sedating antihistamines while Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sedating antihistamine. Both of these medications can be taken in the same day without significant interaction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there any type of shot or pill that I can take for my dog/cat allergy?

Can you tell me is there any type of shot or pill that I can take for my dog/cat allergy?

Yes.: I would encourage you to see an allergist if you need to come into contact with dogs ; cats ; are allergic. Allergy shots are the most effective option. Sprays, inhalers ; pills are of limited help. ...Read more

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Everyday all day im always itching. I take a allergy pill everyday but still itching all the time?

Everyday all day im always itching. I take a allergy pill everyday but still itching all the time?

Chronic itching: Many times there is not a specific cause, like a food allergy, that we can find for itching, and we have to try different antihistamines in different doses to get relief. Zyrtec 10 and Allegra 180 usually work better than Claritin (loratadine) for itch, and it is safe to use at least 1 twice a day. Itching can be a symptom of a more serious medical condition, so see a doctor for tests if you haven't yet. ...Read more

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How often do taste buds change? An allergy pill I use to take didn't have really a taste last month now it taste really bad

How often do taste buds change? An allergy pill I use to take didn't have really a taste last month now it taste really bad

Sense of taste: Lots of things can effect taste. Here's an interesting article to read: http://www. Popsci. Com/article/science/7-things-affecting-your-sense-taste Was the medication from the same bottle? It might have even been the same generic medication tabs from different manufacturers in the same bottle. ...Read more

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My sister is having an allergic reaction and took an allergy pill an hour ago, but the symptoms don't seem to be going away. Can she take another?

My sister is having an allergic reaction and took an allergy pill an hour ago, but the symptoms don't seem to be going away. Can she take another?

What kind?: At any rate she can, or use another kind of antihistaminic, but careful not to drive, depends as well on the trigger and how bad is the reaction, arrange to see a doctor or go to ER if bad reaction, difficult breathing or not improving, goodluck ...Read more

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If I took an allergy pill (extra strength 1aday) at 2pm yesterday, it is 7:00 am and I am needing another, can I take now? At work have allergy to cats.

If I took an allergy pill (extra strength 1aday) at 2pm yesterday, it is 7:00 am and I am needing another, can I take now? At work have allergy to cats.

Depends: It is occasionally ok to take extra dose of antihistamine but if you are taking 24 hour antihistamine decongestant combination it would be too much decongestant. Check with your doctor for other medicines that might relieve your symptoms. If you have unavoidable cat exposure you may benefit from a visit to the allergist. ...Read more

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What kind of pill can you take for a cheese allergy?

What kind of pill can you take for a cheese allergy?

None: For food allergies, the best treatment is to avoid the offending food. If you are talking about lactose intolerance, which is not a food allergy, you can try taking lactase with the first few bites cheese. ...Read more

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How often can I take reactine extra strength allergy pill?

How often can I take reactine extra strength allergy pill?

Once a day: I believe you are referring to one of the generic Cetirizine products. There are so many names for this medication depending on the store where you purchased it. Cetirizine is a once a day medication. ...Read more

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Can I take a certain allergy pill while pregnant, 5 weeks?

Can I take a certain allergy pill while pregnant, 5 weeks?

Speak with your OB: While benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin (loratadine), & zyrtec (cetirizine) are all FDA category B medications & safe for 2nd & 3rd trimester, consider speaking with your OB/GYN for recommendation as you are only 5 weeks pregnant. Consider treating symptoms specifically (e.g. running nose with nasal saline) instead of using systemic medications like pills if possible. ...Read more

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How can a person get rid of allergy symptoms without having to take pills?

How can a person get rid of allergy symptoms without having to take pills?

Avoid the allergen: Avoiding the cause of the allergy symptoms is a way to get rid of the symptoms. That will work with foods, for example, but will not always work with aeroallergens, like pollen. ...Read more