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Taking Antihistamines Everyday
Is taking antihistamine everyday bad for you in the long term? Will my immune system get impaired?
My husband is always suffering fron rhinitis and always taking loratadine antihistamine almost everyday. is it safe? is there some other med that will cure his rhinitis?
Yes, there are other: Allergy sufferer only taking loratadine. Loratadine is probably the least effective oral antihistamine. Try cetirizine or fexofenadine instead. Nasal steroid sprays (Flonase, nasacort) are even more effective than oral antihistamines if used consistently (every day) and with proper technique (point outwards towards ear). See allergist to determine what you are allergic to. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Taking lethal over: Dose would do that. Lethal overdoses of antihistamines are rare. Are you considering taking an overdose of antihistamines? If so, please get help right away. You can use national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255). If you have accidentally taken too many antihistamines please contact 1-800-222-1222 (poison control hotline). Take care. ...Read more
Yes you scratch less: Antihistamines are one of the important medications that we use for eczema or atopic dermatitis. The condition starts with itching, which leads to scratching, which causes a rash to develop, and then there is more itching and a vicious cycle ensues. Antihistamines are used to decrease the itching. Sedating antihistamines can be used at night to help decrease scratching while asleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antihistamines: at night should not have any effect on how well they work the next day. People don't get desensitized to antihistamines, though a lot think they do. If you are taking Benadryl at bedtime, don't expect it to take care of you the next day though, as it is a short acting medication. ...Read more
Yes: The drug will not affect the success of the vaccination or cause any negative reaction. ...Read more
2 days of hive outbreak has gotten worse - unsure what caused it but this is not the 1st time. Been taking off-brand antihistamine to no effect. Help!
See a dermatologist: May be allergy. Maybe not. Zyrtec (cetirazine) OTC 10mg. May need 2 or 3. Larger dose can make you sleepy. If severe, add prescription hydroxyzine 25mg at bedtime. If present over 6 weeks it is chronic urticaria which is usually not allergy. Avoid aspirin, alcohol. Beware of any and all pills or meds of any kind. Need precise diagnosis for best result. ...Read more
Now knowing that older antihistamines like hydroxyzine make you gain weight, how soon after I stop taking it will I start to lose the weight?
No: Benzonatate may interact with other medications that cause drowsiness including, cough and cold medications, antihistamines, anti-seizure drugs, medicine for sleep or anxiety, muscle relaxants, narcotics, or psychiatric medicines. Avoid operating heavy machinery after you have taken Benzonatate as it may cause drowsiness and create more drowsiness if taken with any of the drugs listed above. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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