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After drinking beer, can take antihistamines?

After drinking beer, can take antihistamines?

Only newer kind: The new-generation antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra possess virtually no sedating effect and i don't see any problem with it. I do caution however that a rare individual may still get drowsiness from them even though in studies the incidence is no higher than taking a sugar pill. Thus try it first before you combine alcohol with it. ...Read more

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Can i drink chocloate when having symptoms of cold? Could i take antihistamine now? Thanks.

Can i drink chocloate when having symptoms of cold? Could i take antihistamine now? Thanks.

Yes and yes: Hoping you feel better. Antihistamines aren't really for colds, if that's what you have. Pseudoephedrine's helpful for a cold so long as you use only the recommended amount and only for a few days. Assuming you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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Can I safely take cetirizine or any antihistamine AFTER drinking alcohol? For exemple in case of allergic reaction right after/during a party?

Can I safely take cetirizine or any antihistamine AFTER drinking alcohol? For exemple in case of allergic reaction right after/during a party?

Usually: but the older antihistamines (Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (diphenhydramine) etc) tends to cause additive drowsiness effect to alochol. A rule of thumb is that a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg= 1 shot of alcohol in sedation. The newer ones don't have this issue. ...Read more

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Why does drinking coffee make my eyes itchy and throat sore? I take PPIs and antihistamines daily

Why does drinking coffee make my eyes itchy and throat sore? I take PPIs and antihistamines daily

Avoid coffee: Obviously you are reacting to something in the coffee. You can change brands and see if that helps. If the symptoms persist, then try tea or some other beveridge. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having an alcoholic drink?

How long should I wait to take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having an alcoholic drink?

Depends: Count Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a drink (some say as much as two but I think it depends on the individual) for its effects on your body and mind , then judge for yourself. Drink +driving= potential disaster. ...Read more

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Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

Not expected.: Alcohol usually worsens itching unless one has drunk oneself into a semi-stupor. Not all itching is induced by histamine and thus it may not work at all. Dry skin is the most common cause for itching without a rash, consider applying a moisturizer <3 mins after bathing to see if this helps. Make sure that no new medication or supplement was introduced shortly before the onset of itching. ...Read more

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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more