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When should you take an antihistamine?

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Dr. Paul Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple reasons

Depending on the type of antihistamine used they can be used to treat things such as allergy symptoms, nausea, dizziness, motion sickness, anxiety, itching, and difficulty sleeping.

In brief: Multiple reasons

Depending on the type of antihistamine used they can be used to treat things such as allergy symptoms, nausea, dizziness, motion sickness, anxiety, itching, and difficulty sleeping.
Dr. Paul Carter
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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
2 doctors agree

In brief: For allergies

Antihistamines help the most with sneezing, watery drainage, and itching which are often seen with allergies.
Older antihistamines (like benadryl) can make people sleepy and should be used with caution; newer antihistamines (like Claritin (loratadine) & allegra) are less likely to be sedating. Because of their drying effect, some doctors recommend avoiding antihistamines during a respiratory infection.

In brief: For allergies

Antihistamines help the most with sneezing, watery drainage, and itching which are often seen with allergies.
Older antihistamines (like benadryl) can make people sleepy and should be used with caution; newer antihistamines (like Claritin (loratadine) & allegra) are less likely to be sedating. Because of their drying effect, some doctors recommend avoiding antihistamines during a respiratory infection.
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