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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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difference between first and second generation antihistamines? Why are 1st generation considered nonsedating?
Sedation: 1st generation are sedating because many people, up to 40%, get sleepy when taking them. 2nd generation antihistamines are chemically modified and are less likely to cause sedation. The generics of the less sedating are cetirizine, fexafenadine, and loratidine. They cause sedation in some people, up to 11%, but much less than the older drugs. ...Read more
Typically no: Antihistamines are generally not considered a group of medications that directly cause gout. However, antihistamines can cause dryness, and if that progresses to dehydration, then gout attacks can occur with a higher frequency. This would be an indirect cause. Antihistamines generally don't cause significant dehydration. Aspirin can make gout worse, as can other salicylate-containing meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer