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Can taking the OTC chlorpheniramine maleate (antihistamine) make you sweaty?

Can taking the OTC chlorpheniramine maleate (antihistamine) make you sweaty?

Possible, unlikely: It can cause you to be sweaty, but this would be unlikely. ...Read more

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Antihistamine (Definition)

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


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Whats the difference between a first generation antihistamine like chlorpheniramine and second generation antihistamines like allegra (fexofenadine)?

Whats the difference between a first generation antihistamine like chlorpheniramine and second generation antihistamines like allegra (fexofenadine)?

1st and second: First generation antihistamines are sedating and short acting and have usually other properties such as anticholinergic or drying properties. Second generation antihistamines are long aciting, usually dosed once a day, and are less or non sedating and selective antihistamines with less active properties on other receptors. ...Read more

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I regularly take a four-hour antihistamine, chlorpheniramine maleate, because it seems to help with digestion. Are there any issues with extended use?

I regularly take a four-hour antihistamine, chlorpheniramine maleate, because it seems to help with digestion. Are there any issues with extended use?

Yes: First is tolerance, meaning that you would have to increase the dose to get the same effect. Second, side effects are more prone to appear with extended use, and some are serious, hence the need of medical supervision. Third, it isn't meant to help digestion, if you have a problem with digestion / indigestion and not resolved , you need to see your doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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Itchy scalp&skin from hair dye.No visible reaction.can it get worse/serious?Chlorpheniramine (antihistamine) tablets available here.Safe to use?

Itchy scalp&skin from hair dye.No visible reaction.can it get worse/serious?Chlorpheniramine (antihistamine) tablets available here.Safe to use?

Yes: As I mentioned earlier, as long as you will not be driving or engaging in other complex or dangerous activity, it is okay to take antihistamine medication. ...Read more

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Currently taking Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies. Would it be safe to instead take clairtin and chlorpheniramine? Should be temporary.

Currently taking Claritin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies. Would it be safe to instead take clairtin and chlorpheniramine? Should be temporary.

If necessary: All the medications mentioned are antihistamines. Claritin (loratadine) is a new generation one and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and chlorpheniramine are first generation ones. While short term use likely has no serious side effects, there should be a treatment that doesn't require both. Also, the reason for the symptoms should be addressed in an effort to prevent symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you take aspirin with the anti-histamine chlorpheniramine maleate?

Yes: These two drugs have no cross over and will neither enhance or interfere with each others activity. They are both over the counter, inexpensive and surprisingly effective. ...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?

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