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Sea Omega Allergy Medication
Many choices: There is no magic pill out there and it all depends on what symptoms your are trying to treat. A decongestant for a cold or flu is available is many different combinations over the counter under different brand names. Look at the ingredients, Pseudoephedrine is a good decongestant avilable in combination with other medications. For allergies, a non drowsy long acting antihistamine is allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Several choices: Current over the counter allergy medications that work well for most people with mild allergies are Claritin (loratadine), zyrtec (cetirizine) and Allegra (fexofenadine). One may work better than the other for a particular person, so it is not unreasonable to try more than one. Older antihistamines (benadryl) work, but are associated with more side effects, especially drowsiness. ...Read more
Varies some: Claritin (loratadine), (loratadine) allegra, or zyrtec are once daily meds and each work well on some kids and not others. The Claritin (loratadine) and Allegra are not sedating and thus do not interfere with school or daily activities.The zyrtec can be sedating and is given at bedtime to reduce this effect during the day. Short acting meds like benedryl are quickly absorbed and very effective but can sedate and do ware off quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything that works: The specific air born trigger to your child's allergy is less important than the effect the medications.Anti-histamines, nasal sprays & mast cell regulators may be a benefit. Most opt for a 24hr preparation for convenience.I like the non sedating antihistamines like fexophenadine(allegra) , steroid nasal spray (flonase). If your child cooperates & tolerates the med it should help. ...Read more
Try Melatonin: If you use Benedryl or some other OTC allergy medication to fall asleep once in awhile it won't hurt you. However, its not a perfect solution. These medications change your sleep architecture. You don't get the right balance of each stage of sleep to feel rested. You may feel hung-over in the morning. A better solution would be Melatonin. You can buy it a healthfood store. Sulingual is best ...Read more
I have had a very slight case of gynecomastia all my life. Possibly caused by allergy medication?
Please advise if it's okay to take allergy medication in the morning when my doctor told me to take it at night?
Allergies distract me from homework and keeping my eyes open really painful. Why isn't allergy medication working?
Treatment: You need a stepped approach to treatment. Eliminate the allergen, go on loratidine or cetrizine, and use eye drops. I start with zaditor which is over the counter and this fails consider prescription mess such as bepreve (bepotastine besilate). Tough cases do well on alrex. Talk to your eye doctor. ...Read more
What to do if I'm 20 years old and my aunt gave me some clariton pills without the box therefore I have no idea how to use this allergy medication. help?
Don't use: One should never use medication that is not properly labeled or stored correctly. ...Read more
Good question: Birth control pills, in my experience, often make people sick. We know little or nothing about drug interactions, plus the fact that most drugs only relieve symptoms if they work at all. I often see patients who are taking 4 or 5 drugs together and it is impossible to sort out their interactions. ...Read more
Yes: Should be ok at normal doses of hydrocodone (5-15 mg per dose, 3-4 times a day). At VERY high doses (more than 120 mg per day), there is a slight risk of heart arrhythmia along with things like ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) or psuedoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) due to an additive effect. ...Read more
Several: Claritin, (loratadine) Allegra and zyrtec are safe and tend to cause less drowsiness than other antihistamines. Excessive drowsiness with diazepam can occur with chlorpheniramine or brompheniramine which are in many over the counter allergy medications. There is a theoretic concern of thickening sputum and causing more airflow obstruction. ...Read more
Chlorpheniramine: Chlorpheniramine is similar and available over the counter. ...Read more
Claritin (loratadine): The following work for most people. . . Non-sedating products over the counter that help with sneezing, itchy/watery eyes: claritin, zyrtec, allegra. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) works well, but can cause drowsiness. Any medication that says "d" (contains a decongestant) can raise blood pressure and should be avoided for most people. Try Mucinex plain, nasal saline, and Vicks vapor rub for congestion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer