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What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

What is the best OTC allergy medicine?

OTC Allergy: Not fair. Truly, it is trial-and-error. What works best for you might not work best for someone else. Loratadine is the weakest binding non-sedating antihistamine; Cetirizine is the strongest binding non-sedating antihistamine. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works better than both but it makes people sleepy. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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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How much allergy medicine is too much?

How much allergy medicine is too much?

Dosage: More than the recommended dose unless shire red by doctor. ...Read more

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What is the strongest allergy medicine?

What is the strongest allergy medicine?

Nasal spray: The best medical regimen for treating allergies would be a combination of a nasal steroid and a nasal antihistamine. ...Read more

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How long before allergy medicine works?

How long before allergy medicine works?

Varies: Depending upon the medication used, the time until the onset of effect will vary. Generally antihitamines work relatively quickly and inhaled steroids may take a week or so to have ful effect. ...Read more

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Will allergy medicine help with a cold?

Will allergy medicine help with a cold?

Not much: Allergy medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work by blocking antihistamine which is not part of the cold/respiratory infection process so not much help. Older antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help some with irritant cough and sleep from drowsy side effect. Decongestants such as Sudafed may help relieve some of the nasal congestion but avoid in children ...Read more

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Which drug is a good allergy medication?

Depends: The choice of allergy medication depends on symptoms. There are several good over the counter antihistamines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. ...Read more

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Will taking expired allergy medicine hurt you?

Will taking expired allergy medicine hurt you?

Big question: There are a lot of allergy medications & your time span is enormous. Could you take a medication that expired last month? Yes. Last year? Yes, but it might not work as well. Five years ago? Sure but why bother? Medications don't become dangerous as they age just gradually less effective. One exception is Epinephrine it rapidly loses effectiveness after expiration & its needed to save lives. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a stronger allergy medicine?

Allergy medicine: The basics are that Claritin (loratadine) is the weakest binding oral no sedating antihistamine with Allegra stronger and zyrtec binding the strongest. You need to be more specific with your question. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy medicine for your child?

What is the best allergy medicine for your child?

Varies: Each child may respond differently to allergy medicines, all of the second generation antihistamines can be effective. These include loratadine, Cetirizine and fexofenadine. Each medication is dosed once daily and causes minimal sedation or behavioral effects. ...Read more

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What will happen if you overdose on allergy medicine?

What will happen if you overdose on allergy medicine?

It depends on the: Specific type of medicine and the amount of the overdose. Are you considering taking an overdose? Are you considering suicide as an option? You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255). For active suicide thoughts with a strong urge please be seen at your nearest er. Follow on psychological/ psychiatric care is important. ...Read more

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I seriously need strong allergy medicine please help!!?

I seriously need strong allergy medicine please help!!?

More Info: There are many types of allergy medication and they all do slightly different things. It is difficult to tell you what is a "strong" medicine without knowing your symptoms and what you have tried to treat them already. You can get Zyrtec and NAsacort (triamcinolone) over the counter and the combination of those two helps many people. If your symptoms are very severe you might need a steroid shot. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective allergy medicine?

What is considered the most effective allergy medicine?

Numerous: There are numerous allergy medicines from antihistamines to prescription nasal sprays. Ask your doctor what is appropriate for your particular situation. ...Read more

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Is taking allergy medicine every day ill advised for me?

Is taking allergy medicine every day ill advised for me?

No: Most allergy medicine are safe and effective for long term use. Allergies are chronic conditions. See an allergist for evaluation to determine if allergy injections would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Seriously need strong allergy medicine. Please help me!?

Many options: There are many options depending on symptoms. See a doctor to determine what approach is best for you. An allergist can help you determine what is triggering your symptoms and the best approach. ...Read more

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Please tell me what anti-allergy medicine do you recommend?

Allergy meds: A bunch are available over the counter, allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) are all well tolerated, but you did not describe your symptoms, so not sure if they wil work for you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have taken an allergy medicine that works?

Is it possible to have taken an allergy medicine that works?

Confusing question.: I would guess that you are asking whether it is possible to find an allergy medication that works. If so, the answer is yes. However in order to get a better answer, you will have to be more specific on the type of allergic problem you have and what medications you have tried thus far without having any success. ...Read more

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Aside from allergy medicine, good ways to relieve allergies?

Aside from allergy medicine, good ways to relieve allergies?

Allergy injections: The best way to approach the treatment of allergies is to 1) identify the allergic trigger and avoid it as much as possible; 2) medications to treat the symptoms; 3) allergy injections by an allergist to decrease the body's allergic response. It takes time, but it can be effective for most people and not only decreases symptoms, but also the need for medications and the good effects persists! ...Read more

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Please describe a good allergy medicine to use for allergies?

Please describe a good allergy medicine to use for allergies?

Many to choose from: The most effective treatment for nasal allergies is the topical nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc)--they are available by prescription. For over the counter allergy medications, new generation antihistamines such as claritin, zyrtec, and Allegra are helpful. These also come with the decongestant that is sudafed. The best long term treatment for allergies is allergy shots! ...Read more

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How long does it take it for allergy medicine to take effect?

30-60min: Oral antihistamines take anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes to start working. Steroid nasal sprays may take up to 2 weeks, antihistamine nasal sprays take 20 minutes, and other medications can take longer. If your symptoms are bad, you may not notice a significant effect right away from the medications. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective allergy medicine to take?

What is considered the most effective allergy medicine to take?

Depends: The most frequently used and most available without a prescription are antihistamines. The new generation ones (zyrtec, claritin, allegra, xyzal, (levocetirizine) clarinex) are safe and effective. The most effective treatments for allergic rhinitis are nasal steroid sprays. The strongest allergy medication would likely be considered oral steroids like prednisone, but the significant side effects limit is use. ...Read more

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Are there any allergy medicine that works against pet allergies?

Are there any allergy medicine that works against pet allergies?

Although: Antihistamines help - if you have frequent contact with pets that you appear to be allergic to - please see an allergist. ...Read more

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How much time should it take for my new allergy medicine to work?

It depends: You don't tell me what your allergic symptoms are nor what medicine you were prescribed. In principle, antihistamines, oral and topical (nasal and ocular) work within 1-2 hours and 15-45 minutes, respectively. Inhaled and oral corticosteroids (cortisone-like) take at least 6 hours to start working, full effect after a few days. ...Read more

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Should I take my allergy medicine before I go out and pull weeds?

Should I take my allergy medicine before I go out and pull weeds?

Yes: If a person takes an antihistamine such as allegra, claritin, zyrtec, etc, at least 1 hours before exposure, this can decrease the intensity of the allergy symptoms. The more effective nasal sprays work best when taken regularly. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective allergy medicine that works?

What is considered the most effective allergy medicine that works?

Many: The most effective allergy treatment for allergic rhinitis is the prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc) over the counter antihistamines can be very effective including claritin, zyrtec, and allegra. Some people will respond better to one over the other (for unclear reasons). The best long term therapy for significant environmental allergies is allergy injections. ...Read more

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Are there any allergy medicine for me to help me be around animals?

Are there any allergy medicine for me to help me be around animals?

Several options: Avoidance of the animal is the most effective treatment. If it too difficult to avoid animals, try reducing dander in home...get animal out of bedroom, purchase HEPA filter, wash animal twice a week. Try medicines like oral antihistamines and steroid nasal spray (both over the counter). See an allergist, allergy shots to animals are a possibility. ...Read more

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Is there any allergy medicine that really helps with ragweed allergies?

Is there any allergy medicine that really helps with ragweed allergies?

Multiple: Any of the otc allergy medications, such as claritin, zyrtec, or Allegra will help. For eye symptoms, try zaditor (ketotifen). ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top cold/allergy medicine for a child?

AURI RX: We do not give oral rx to a child below 3 years old. You just put saline solution in the nostrils and suction it with bulb syringe. ...Read more

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Could allergy medicine be beneficial even if someone didn't have allergies?

Could allergy medicine be beneficial even if someone didn't have allergies?

Sometimes. Depends.: Sure. Sometimes. Not always. Antihistamines don't help colds (eh, we all try'em) but decongestants do (help stuffy head, nose etc). Steroid nose sprays? Monsters on hay fever, & help nasal polyps (often w/o allergies); bupkis on non-allergic noses (non-allergic rhinitis). Enigma: Those same non-allergic noses respond to antihistamine nose sprays (azelastine). ...Read more