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Is it OK to take multiple types of antihistamines within a 24-hour period? Nothing seems to work as long as advertised.

Is it OK to take multiple types of antihistamines within a 24-hour period? Nothing seems to work as long as advertised.

DETAILS?????: What are you treating? Which antihistamines? How many of each? There are easy answers after the details are given. No answer is possible without this information. For chronic urticaria I may manage it with 10 or 20mg cetirizine (Zyrtec) in AM and hydroxyzine at bedtime. I never use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) except as a sleeping pill. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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I'm 17 and took 3 loratadine tablets, 10 mg/ Antihistamine in the last 24 hours, are there going to be any issues I should be worried about ?

I'm 17 and took 3 loratadine tablets, 10 mg/ Antihistamine in the last 24 hours, are there going to be any issues I should be worried about ?

Probably not but...: Long acting anti-histamines should not be used more than one in 24 hours. Taking more has been associated with heart issues but that is still unlikely to occur. If you have any chest palpitations you should be evaluated. For future reference, these medications can take 4 - 6 hours to work. If you are still not getting relief you can safely add a short acting anti-histamine (Benadryl). ...Read more

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What to do if i'm diabetic with a cold no antihistamines?

What to do if i'm diabetic with a cold no antihistamines?

You can take!: You CAN take antihistamines! We advise against vasoconstrictors like pseudo-ephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, but even that's a soft call if you don't have any complications or vascular disease. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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I gave expired antihistamine syrup to my 30 months old son incidentally...Is it dangerous?What s the side effect on him?

I gave expired antihistamine syrup to my 30 months old son incidentally...Is it dangerous?What s the side effect on him?

Expired drugs: There should be no side effects as expiration is usually based on loss of drug effectiveness. Drug companies err on the side of shortening times to expiration. Actually many drugs are effective long after expiration dates. Expired drugs are commonly used effectively by volunteer organizations when no other drugs are available. Relax! ...Read more

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I'm due to have a thyroid scan in 3 days. Yesterday, I took two 25 mg antihistamine pills. Will this affect the results?

I'm due to have a thyroid scan in 3 days.  Yesterday, I took two 25 mg antihistamine pills.  Will this affect the results?

No, it should not.: The half life of most antihistamines should be less than 24 hrs and should be out of the system by then. I would check with the radiology center to confirm their policy. I would also avoid any more antihistamines until the time of testing. ...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?

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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Antihistamine (Definition)

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