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Is it safe to take allergy pills for my itchy eyes?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
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In brief: It may be

If antihistamine eye drops do not do the trick, oral medication may help.
But beware: if you take oral antihistamines for an extended period of time, you may develop dry eyes, which can make the allergic eyes feel worse. Artificial tears may be useful if you must use pills to control your allergies on a regular basis.

In brief: It may be

If antihistamine eye drops do not do the trick, oral medication may help.
But beware: if you take oral antihistamines for an extended period of time, you may develop dry eyes, which can make the allergic eyes feel worse. Artificial tears may be useful if you must use pills to control your allergies on a regular basis.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Adults and older children can take allergy pills such as claritin, zyrtec, allegra, or benadryl (diphenhydramine).
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is sedating. The allergy pills help with allergies in the eyes, nose, skin, etc... However, eye allergies sometimes need prescription eye drops, nasal sprays, or singulair, for extra help with symptoms. A few people are allergic to one antihistamine, but can use the other antihistamines.

In brief: Yes

Adults and older children can take allergy pills such as claritin, zyrtec, allegra, or benadryl (diphenhydramine).
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is sedating. The allergy pills help with allergies in the eyes, nose, skin, etc... However, eye allergies sometimes need prescription eye drops, nasal sprays, or singulair, for extra help with symptoms. A few people are allergic to one antihistamine, but can use the other antihistamines.
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
There are also some very effective over the counter antihistamine eye drops, which are sometimes less sedating than otc oral allergy meds. Although if you rub your eyes too much before using them they will sting smartly for few seconds.
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