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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine to use?

Allergy medications: Unfortunately there is no "best" brand. Different patients respond better to one medication than to another. Loratadine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine and certrizine are all effective. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

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


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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for curing itchy eyes?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for curing itchy eyes?

Saline/antihistamine: You can try any over the counter antihistamine eye drops, avoid any that have additional medications in them such as a vasoconstrictor because they can cause rebound effect. Some examples: zyrtec, claritin, zaditor (ketotifen). Also use saline throughout the day which will help. Keep drops cool in refrigerator to provide more relief. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies? I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?

What is the best over-the-counter allergy medicine for seasonal allergies?  I heard OTC nose sprays should be avoided?

Allergy: Otc decongestant nose sprays like afrin are very helpful but can only be used 3-4 days. Medications like zyrtec and Allegra are very good. Nasal saline spray is good because it washes out pollen, etc from nose and also acts as mild decongestant. Eye drops like visine allergy are very helpful. Nasal crom nasal spraay is helpful and safe but inconvienent because it requires frequent use. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

What is the best over-the-counter anti-allergy medication?

Depends: While it does depend somewhat as to what allergy you are treating, zyrtec and Allegra (fexofenadine) (generics are fine) are now both over the counter, non-sedating, and well tolerated by most people. ...Read more

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Which is the best allergy medication that is over the counter?

Which is the best allergy medication that is over the counter?

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

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What do doctors think is the top over-the-counter allergy medicine?

Depends type allergy: There is not a jack of all trades med. For allergies some are better with nasal drip some with congestion some with cough.Also if you take the same type for too long efficacy reduces so some times you have to switch to a different kind. ...Read more

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What to do if i need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?

What to do if i need to know of a very good over-the-counter allergy medicine for people allergic to cats?

Cat allergy: Allerga or zyrtec (cetirizine) taken an hour before contact with the cat should work, if you live with one, go see an allergist and get desensitized for it, as it is only going to get worse with time. ...Read more

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I'm highly allergic to pollen.I tried singular and almost every over-the-counter allergy medicine. Is there another method or medication to help me?

I'm highly allergic to pollen.I tried singular and almost every over-the-counter allergy medicine. Is there another method or medication to help me?

Allergy shots: There are some prescription medications that could be tried including prescription nasal sprays. Another long -term approach is allergy shots; see a board certified allergist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended over-the-counter allergy medicine for itchy/watery eyes?

What is the most recommended over-the-counter allergy medicine for itchy/watery eyes?

Zaditor (ketotifen): My personal favorite otc allergy medicine is zaditor, (ketotifen) an antihistamine drop manufactured by novartis. This drop is used twice daily for allergy symptoms and can be used daily as needed. ...Read more

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