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What spring allergy medication is the best?

What spring allergy medication is the best?

Allergy medications: I suppose you refer to seasonal allergic rhino conjunctivitis treatment, which we commonly refer to as seasonal allergy symptoms including spring. You can try otc antihistamine. However, those are weak medications. If you are still symptomatic, you might want to see your doctor to get stronger and more efficient medications. ...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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I'm curious as to what allergy medication would work best?

I'm curious as to what allergy medication would work best?

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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Can you tell me of a good cat allergy medication?

Can you tell me of a good cat allergy medication?

It depends...: living with a cat or not. First, Keep the cat out of your living areas especially the bedroom. If living with a cat you need to take allergy medication all the time. Daily Cetirizine or Fexofenadine, Triamcinolone or Budesonide nasal sprays and ketotifen eye drops are all helpful for itching, nasal congestion and eye symptoms. If you get coughing, shortness of breath or wheezing, see an Allergist. ...Read more

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Can you give a baby under 1-year-old allergy medication?

Can you give a baby under 1-year-old allergy medication?

Probably not: I occasionally use Benedryl in a infant if they get hives with a food reaction. Beyond that, antihistamines have little use in early childhood. Small nasal passages, environmental irritants (fumes, dust, smoke, etc.) and mild infections cause most of the congestion in infants. Antihistamines provide no benefit to these kids. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

Depends: While it does depend somewhat as to what allergy you are treating, zyrtec and Allegra (fexofenadine) (generics are fine) are now both over the counter, non-sedating, and well tolerated by most people. ...Read more

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Which is the best allergy medication that is over the counter?

Which is the best allergy medication that is over the counter?

Several choices: Current over the counter allergy medications that work well for most people with mild allergies are Claritin (loratadine), zyrtec (cetirizine) and Allegra (fexofenadine). One may work better than the other for a particular person, so it is not unreasonable to try more than one. Older antihistamines (benadryl) work, but are associated with more side effects, especially drowsiness. ...Read more

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What is the best anti-allergy medication for year-round allergens?

What is the best anti-allergy medication for year-round allergens?

Allergy magic bullet: It's different for everyone. Most people respond well to antihistamines like zyrtec, Allegra & claritin, but some do not, & require intranasal steroid sprays. Even that is not enough for some, and medications like singulair (montelukast) or Accolate are used. Beyond that, allergy shots may help better in others. There is no single magic bullet. Check with your doctor, and figure out which is best for you. ...Read more

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Is there an approved OTC allergy medication for my 18month daughter?

Is there an approved OTC allergy medication for my 18month daughter?

OTC Allergy Meds: Many antihistamines can be used in children, but the doses are not generally given for children under two. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is most commonly used. Caution in the use, as they may cause sedation. The dose for Diphenhydramine is about 0.5 mg / pound. The common dose supplied is 12.5 mg / 5 cc. A twenty-five pound child would receive 12.5 mg or 5 cc. Best to see your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can I give a child allergy medication in between doses of cold medication?

Can I give a child allergy medication in between doses of cold medication?

Cold & allergy: You need to read the contents of the cold medicines. Soem already have allergy medicines inside of them as well. You shouls take your medicines you usully use for cold and the allergy medicine to your docotor and have him/her tell you how to use them if at all, in combination. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my boyfriend got high by taking a lot of his allergy medication, what are the risks, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my boyfriend got high by taking a lot of his allergy medication, what are the risks, what do you suggest?

Not Safe: Overdosing on sedative antihistamines to get high is definitely concerning and should be addressed. Taking too many of these pills can alter your cognitive and motor function and can be similar to driving drunk if he gets behind the wheel of a car. ...Read more

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I took a reactive allergy medication that expired in June 2014 and has been stored in my medication cabinet. Is it anything bad?

I took a reactive allergy medication that expired in June 2014 and has been stored in my medication cabinet. Is it anything bad?

Probably not: Drug manufacturers are required to put an expiration date on their products that gives a window of time when the drug formulation will be adequately potent. There is not likely to be anything dangerous in the expired medication, but it likely will not be as potent as unexpired medication and may not be effective. That being said it is a good idea to follow the dates and dispose of old medications. ...Read more

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What's the best non-drowsy allergy medication?

Allegra (fexofenadine): If you are referring to over-the-counter antihistamines than Allegra (fexofenadine) is considered one of the most non-sedating on the market. Airline pilots can take this medication while flying so it has been proven to be non-sedating. Other non-sedating antihistamines include Zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine). ...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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What is the strongest allergy medication?

What is the strongest allergy medication?

More Details: There are lots of different allergy medications out there so I will need more information to provide further guidance. Are you referring to antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays, allergy shots? There is no "best" or "strongest" allergy medications because each patient is so different. Different medications or combinations of medications might be required to get you feeling better. See an Allergist. ...Read more

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Which allergy medication do you recomend?

Which allergy medication do you recomend?

Depends: For mild or intermittent environmental allergies, an antihistamine is typically sufficient. This includes claritin, zyrtec, and allegra. For more significant or persistent hayfever, a prescription nasal spray is more effective. These include flonase, qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. The best approach is to see an allergist to help in identifying allergen, employing avoidance measures first. ...Read more

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What is the strongest allergy medication out there?

What is the strongest allergy medication out there?

What is going on?: If you are having severe allergic reaction (food, bees, medication), call 911 now. Take your epinephrine as prescribed for allergic shock (anaphylaxis). For non-urgent matters, diphenhydramine is plenty strong for most mild allergies (and can cause drowsiness - don't drive). Many less strong antihistamines are over the counter. If not work - time to make an appointment with the provider. ...Read more

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What should I know when choosing an OTC allergy medication?

What should I know when choosing an OTC allergy medication?

Claritin (loratadine): The following work for most people. . . Non-sedating products over the counter that help with sneezing, itchy/watery eyes: claritin, zyrtec, allegra. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works well, but can cause drowsiness. Any medication that says "d" (contains a decongestant) can raise blood pressure and should be avoided for most people. Try Mucinex plain, nasal saline, and Vicks vapor rub for congestion. ...Read more

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What is the best otcr allergy medication for cat allergies?

What is the best otcr allergy medication for cat 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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What is considered the most effective allergy medication to get?

Depends: Over the counter antihistamines like zyrtec, allegra, and Claritin are effective and safe. The antihistamine xyzal (levocetirizine) is very effective but by prescription. Nasal steroid sprays like qnasl, flonase, Nasonex are the most effective treatment for allergic rhinitis and only available by prescription. Prednisone is very effective but has significant side effects. Injections of steroid not recommended. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it okay to take pain medication and allergy medication at the same time?

Can you tell me is it okay to take pain medication and allergy medication at the same time?

I think so: They should not interact. However if you take opiate pain killer and first generation antihistamine like Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) you can be very drowsy since both cause drowsiness. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe to take pain medication and allergy medication at the same time?

Can you explain if it's safe to take pain medication and allergy medication at the same time?

Yes: Yes, you should be fine. Some pain medications make you drowsy as well as certain allergy medications. Just be careful if both cause drowsiness so taking them together might cause you to be very drowsy. ...Read more

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Does allergy medication even work? I've took several kinds and i still have symptoms. Have been tested for allergies and I have them.

Does allergy medication even work? I've took several kinds and i still have symptoms. Have been tested for allergies and I have them.

Usually works: The treatment of allergies includes avoidance of the allergen, medications and allergy injections. While most people respond favorably to allergy medications, not everyone has a good response. If avoidance is not practical, then treatment with allergy injections may be a good next step. ...Read more

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Which allergy medication works best for a 5 yr old?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or claritin: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works well but can be sedating, or paradoxically might cause hyperactivity. Claritin is a nice alternative, working for 24 hours and usually not sedating. ...Read more

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