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Can I use anti histamine Fenistil gel (Dimethindene Maleate) for a bite while I'm in very early pregnancy?

Can I use anti histamine Fenistil gel (Dimethindene Maleate) for a bite while I'm in very early pregnancy?

No major risk: Most antihistamines are considered safe for pregnancy (Category B) nowadays although I am not familiar with the product you are using. I do not expect any measurable absorption from the topical application of an antihistamine on the skin and thus it would be extremely unlikely that even if a trace of it gets to the fetus. A hydrocortisone cream would work better on an itchy insect bite. ...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 are the common uses of antihistamine?

Antihistamine 4 itch: Antihistamines (ah) block histamine receptors and stop histamine from causing itching and swelling. They are mainly used to treat allergies and hives. Some are sedating; those are used as sleep aids. Many otc sleep meds contain Diphenhydramine (benadryl). ...Read more

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Is Flixonase an antihistamine?

Is Flixonase an antihistamine?

Steroid Nasal Spray: Flixonase or Flonase (fluticasone proprionate) is a steroid nasal spray commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis by decreasing the allergic inflammation in the nasal mucosa. It is not an antihistamine. ...Read more

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Is there an antihistamine cream?

Is there an antihistamine cream?

Yes, but avoid: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream is available. While some people find temporary relief for insect bites with this, in general it is not very effective compared to other antihistamines taken as pills or tabs. For generalized rash, it really doesn't make sense. ...Read more

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Does antihistamine make you drowsy?

Older ones do: First generation antihistamines (benadryl, clor-pheramine, atarax) cross the blood brain barrier and cause lethargy. Second generation (allegra, claritin, zyrtec, xyzal, (levocetirizine) clarinex) cause the blood brain barrier at a much lesser amount and more targeted to the h1 receptor. ...Read more

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Can you use antihistamine and wine?

Can you use antihistamine and wine?

Not a good idea: Antihistamines (especially the older ones such as benadryl) can cause drowsiness and impairment and this can be worsened by the effect of alcohol even at regular doses. There are other allergy medications available that can be taken if a glass of wine is desired. ...Read more

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Can antihistamines dry out your skin?

Can antihistamines dry out your skin?

not likely: Antihistamines can dry up a runny nose and older antihistamines can lead to unwanted side effects of dry eyes and dry mouth. Topical antihistamines should not be used. Oral antihistamines should not dry out the skin. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take antihistamines with ?

Is it ok to take antihistamines with ?

With what?: If you are thinking about drinking alcohol, do not do it. Antihistamines might potentiate the effect of alcohol. ...Read more

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Can you take antihistamine with codeine?

Can you take antihistamine with codeine?

Yes: There is a medication called tussionex that combines an older antihistamine (chlorpheniramine) with hydrodocone (similar to codeine). This medication is especially effective for severe irritant cough. It is important to carefully follow dosing directions. ...Read more