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Is Phenylephrine An Antihistamine
I take the antihistamine cetirizine but a allergies have turned into a bit of a cold. Can I take a medicine that has phenylephrine and acetamenophin.
If my Benadryl (diphenhydramine) contains phenylephrine is it not a good idea to take two tablets for sleep?
Drop phenylephrine: Find a product that does not contain the phenylephrine. For most people, that med is stimulating and will make you stay awake, not help you sleep. Make sure you also use good sleep hygiene - bedtime routine, minimize distractions around you, warm milk, and consider melatonon for sleep aid rather than more and more benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more
Hi, I'm having a spreading swollen reaction to what is probably a bed bug bite (s). Cannot get benadryl, (diphenhydramine) will phenylephrine work to help control it?
Is it bad to take an antihistamine during a cold, i.e. does suppressing mucus make the cold last longer?
No value: Antihistamines have no value in the treatment of viral illnesses. ...Read more
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
Several are good: Loratedine (Alavert, Claritin), Cetirizine (Zyrtec)and Fexofenadine (Allegra)are all effective. Dyphenhydramine (Benadryl) is short acting so if you want the reaction not to come back in the middle of the night then one of the above would be better. Remember that you should not give children under 2 antihistamines without checking with your doctor. Between 2-4 y/o you should also ask. Not for colds ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers