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What is the best antihistamine to take for urticaria?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Depends

Most people respond best to zyrtec or xyzal, (levocetirizine) as long as they don't get drowsy with them. Everybody reacts differently to different antihistamines, though; most people with urticaria will try many of the available antihistamines, alone or in combination, under a physician's supervision, to get the best control of their hives.

In brief: Depends

Most people respond best to zyrtec or xyzal, (levocetirizine) as long as they don't get drowsy with them. Everybody reacts differently to different antihistamines, though; most people with urticaria will try many of the available antihistamines, alone or in combination, under a physician's supervision, to get the best control of their hives.
Dr. Gary Steven
Dr. Gary Steven
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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Cetirizine (Zyrtec)

In scientific trials Cetirizine has been shown to be the most effective 2nd generation/minimally sedating antihistamine.
A 10 mg tab once a day is about as effective as Hydroxyzine (atarax) or diphenhydramne (benadryl) 3 times per day with minimal if any sedation. Sometimes higher Cetirizine doses or the addition of an h2-antihistamine, under an allergist's supervision, may be needed for control.

In brief: Cetirizine (Zyrtec)

In scientific trials Cetirizine has been shown to be the most effective 2nd generation/minimally sedating antihistamine.
A 10 mg tab once a day is about as effective as Hydroxyzine (atarax) or diphenhydramne (benadryl) 3 times per day with minimal if any sedation. Sometimes higher Cetirizine doses or the addition of an h2-antihistamine, under an allergist's supervision, may be needed for control.
Dr. Martin Ostro
Dr. Martin Ostro
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