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Doctor insights on: Honey Cough Suppressant Antihistamine Decongestant Allergy Relief

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Dr. John Chiu
2,491 doctors shared insights

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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What to do if I cannot take antihistamines, how can I get allergy relief?

What to do if I cannot take antihistamines, how can I get allergy relief?

Options to treat: 1. AVOIDANCE (strategies depend on what you're allergic to. For pollen use A/C, close windows, wash face and hands when you get home) 2. nasal steroid spray 3. antihistamine nasal spray 4. antihistamine eye drops 5. allergy shots ...Read more

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Zyrtec (cetirizine) makes me very drowsy. Is this common and are there non-drowsy antihistamines that provide as effective allergy relief? Thanks

Yes: This is a common side effect of Zyrtec, but it is different for everyone. If Zyrtec makes you drowsy, you could try the other 2 common anti-histamines instead - Allegra or Claritin (loratadine). Some people have been drowsy with these medicines as well, but others have not. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection that burns and hurts. I took an allergy relief and will pick up some decongestant, but is there any way of relief?

I have an ear infection that burns and hurts. I took an allergy relief and will pick up some decongestant, but is there any way of relief?

Try decongestant: Some of the pain from ear infection is due to the build up of pressure by undrained fluid accumulating in the middle ear. Allowing this to drain with a decongestant may be of some benefit. ...Read more

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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

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What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear(s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

What is best approach to treating allergy-related stopped up ear(s)/eustachian probs? Antihistamine? Nasal spray? Decongestant?

Nasal sprays: Initially you want to start off with nasal corticosteroid nasal sprays. If this alleviates the symptoms then you do not need to do anything else. However, if you have some relief, then try as needed decongestant. ...Read more

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My doctor told me not to take antihistamines before allergy test but I've been taking nasonex (mometasone) and Otrivin decongestant is that ok?

My doctor told me not to take antihistamines before allergy test but I've been taking nasonex (mometasone) and Otrivin decongestant is that ok?

Okay: A number of medications should be discontinued prior to allergy skin testing. Steroid nasal sprays like nasonex (mometasone) may be continued. Otrivine is a nasal decongestant which should only be used for temporary relief of symptoms may be continued. Escitalopram and inhalers and nebulizers may be continued. ...Read more

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What is a safe decongestant/cough suppressant to take with lisinopril?

What is a safe decongestant/cough suppressant to take with lisinopril?

Many: The best thing to do is ask your pharmacist when purchasing one, but most OTC cough meds are fine to take with the ACE inhibitor class. Interestingly, a dry cough is one of the most common side effects of the ACE medications (something to discuss with your Dr.). ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Cough Suppressant (Definition)

Cough suppressants are a kind of antihistamine type drug and common cold or symptom drug (common ...Read more