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Yes: Claritin is a second generation antihistamine which causes much less drowsiness than first generation antihistamine, like benadryl. The number of people who feel drowsy on Claritin is so low that it is labeled "non-drowsy". But each of us is unique. I have plenty of patients who feel drowsy on claritin, especially petite women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do histamines (not antihistamine medications) make you drowsy? Antihistamines (no decongestants added) seem to make me more alert when allergies flare
Yes: Histamine is a substance released during an allergic attack and can cause drowsiness. Some of the older generation anti-histamine agents (like benedryl) can cause drowsiness because they can pass the "blood brain" barrier and cause a direct effect on thinking. In rare cases in adults, antihistamines can cause agitation. ...Read more
Zyrtec makes me very drowsy. Is this common and are there non-drowsy antihistamines that provide as effective allergy relief? Thanks
Yes but: A decongestant is often added to antihistamine and would counteract some of the drowsy effects but that is not a good solution. There are at least two other non-drowsy antihistamines available and steroid nasal spray actually works far better without the drowsy effect. If your only choice is a sedating antihistamine, take it an hour before you go to bed instead of the morning. ...Read more
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