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What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

It depends: You have to be cautious with any medication. Some antihistamines may cause you to be drowsy and impair you specially when driving, others do not have this effect. Read labels carefully and determine what is best for your lifestyle. Avoidance of triggering factors is useful if you know what you are allergic to. A visit to the allergist may be in order! ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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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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Itchy throat, itchy eyes, and runny nose. What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

Itchy throat, itchy eyes, and runny nose. What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

Claritin, (loratadine) allergra..: Good evening, for symptoms of allergy such as itchy throat, itchy eyes and runny nose, over the counter medications such as Claritin (loratadine) 10 milligrams are safe to take. Frequent use once per day may be needed until the end of pollen season. ...Read more

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What's the best over-the-counter medicine for spring allergies? I'm an 18 year old female

What's the best over-the-counter medicine for spring allergies? I'm an 18 year old female

CLARITIN/ZYRTEC/ALLE: Of the non sedating ones zyrtec/claritin/allegra are all good for an 18 years old all available over the counter in brand name and generic version as well. ...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 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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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 allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.

What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.

Patanol (olopatadine): I prefer patanol (olopatadine) drops. There are others which are similar. The important thing is to wash your face with a cool wash cloth before applying to remove any lingering allergens from your facial skin and around your eyes. This helps my patients a great deal. If you're not better with drops see an allergist for testing, you may want to consider allergy shots. ...Read more

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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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What is the best over-the-counter medication pollen allergies?

What is the best over-the-counter medication pollen allergies?

Allergy medication: A great first line choice is Loratadine 10 mg. It is well tolerated, less sedating. If you don't mind being a little sleepy you can take Cetirizine instead. ...Read more

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What are the best over-the-counter and/or folk remedies for face allergies?

What are the best over-the-counter and/or folk remedies for face allergies?

Antihistamines: The best over the counter medications for allergies are antihistamines. These come in both sedating and non-sedating forms. I recommend claritin, (loratadine) allegra, and zyrtec (or their generic versions) most often. Some "folk remedies" might be very helpful, but their doses are often quite variable and they might not offer consistent relief. ...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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I have high blood pressure, is there a good over-the-counter medicine for allergies and sinus headaches and pressure?

I have high blood pressure, is there a good over-the-counter medicine for allergies and sinus headaches and pressure?

Antihistamines: Generally, antihistamines are safe and do not affect blood pressure. Avoid decongestants. Essentially, all of the decongestants are vasoconstrictors. There is no evidence that decongestants are helpful for chronic conditions and should be avoided by almost everyone. ...Read more

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Can over-the-counter medicine work for allergies?

Can over-the-counter medicine work for allergies?

Yes: There are a lot of different OTC antihistamines that help relieve allergy symptoms. In addition, there are a few intranasal steroid sprays that recently went OTC including Nasacort (triamcinolone) and Fluticasone nasal sprays. Saline rinses are also available. ...Read more

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I have a one year old that has allergies what over-the-counter medicine can I give him. He weighs 20 lbs ?

I have a one year old that has allergies what over-the-counter medicine can I give him. He weighs 20 lbs ?

Check with pedi MD: Though there are several antihistamines available in liquid form only a few have dosing for under 2 years old. Before giving any meds to 1 year old you should check with the baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have allergies and over-the-counter medicine don't work what do I do to get rid of the allergies?

Allergies: See an allergist for testing and appropriate medical care. Add a salt water wash twice daily to your current regimen. It will help a lot. ...Read more

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? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med for cold and allergy male 57 emphysema chronic bronchitis and heart mummer can't tak

? Over the counter medicine can you take for a cold or allergy's  if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis and heart mummer what over-the-counter med   for cold and allergy           male 57  emphysema   chronic bronchitis and heart mummer    can't tak

Talk to YOUR doctor: If you have emphysema/bronchitis, you need a physician with experience in treating pulmonary diseases, and should probably be on a number of medications, including regular inhalers to improve pulmonary function, and acute "rescue" inhalers for sudden symptoms. There are other meds as well. What otc meds you take depends on your other meds, blood pressure etc, and cause of heart murmur. See md. ...Read more

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