Over-the-Counter Antihistamines

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to_the_bars
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   Posted 5/4/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I have always had very bad allergy problems however this season they are horrible! I heard this year is a bad year for allergy sufferers. I take over-the-counter Claritin everyday and get allergy shots every other week. This just isn't helping this season. I have tried switching to Zyrtec however if I take the whole pill at about 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon I feel so tired and groggy it isn't worth it! Someone suggested I cut the pill in 1/2 which I have also tried however it worked about as well as the Claritin normally does. Does anyone have any other recommendations for a different over-the-counter or prescription I could take daily for my allergies with little side effects? Or does anyone have any other good remedies that may help me? Please help!!! Thanks all!

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   Posted 5/4/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have no issues with decongestants then I recommend Sudafed. It works great for allergies, however it sort of hypes you up so it's best to be taken in the morning. My daughter's allergies are horrible too and she goes in bi-weekly for allergy shots. But they seem to be only working marginally because this season is so bad. I take Zrytec and Singulair. It seems to calm my allergies but I am also having difficulty this season. If you like Zrytec, try taking it before you go to bed and see if that works for you. Also, saline nasal rinses can help get rid of the allergens in your nose. If you have itchy allergy eyes, otc Clariten eye drops work good also.
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   Posted 5/24/2010 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Singulair. It isn't an antihystimine but is used for allergies. I can't take most antihystimines but love singulair. I had no side effects at all.

BenB
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   Posted 6/8/2010 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I found the non-drousy antihistimines don't work as well as the sedative ones.  I used chlortrimeton and the drousy part of it goes away with time and if you take it at night, it is mostly gone in the morning.  The best thing I have found for this is a chineese formula called Pe Min Kan Wan by Plum Flower.  It works as well as chlortrimeton and has no drousy effect.  Be well.

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   Posted 6/9/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I would advise that you follow this up with your doctor for recommendations of medicines there is
a newer version of zyrtec but you need a script for it and it might not make you so sleepy and there is allerga...
Good luck to you and keep us posted
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oldgal
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   Posted Yesterday 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
TO EVERYONE WHO USES ANTIHISTAMINES FOR ALLERGIES/DECONGESTANTS. I HAVE ACUTE SINUSITIS AND USED THE NASAL SPRAY AFRIN TO THE POINT THAT IT GAVE ME SINUS-TINNITUS. NOW I SUFFER FROM HIGH PITCHED SOUNDS THAT KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT. GOOD LUCK IF YOU CONTINUE.

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Alcie
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   Posted Yesterday 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Alavert is pretty good for not causing drowiness. Benadryl is the active ingredient in most sleep meds.
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lisaanne2
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   Posted 9/27/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
have you tried hylands allergy med, its holistic and can be taken with clairtin too.

ITCHYNSCRATCHY
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   Posted 9/29/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Can i suggest that clarityn is a bloody nightmare i have stopped taking it now as i thought iwas going mad walking round like zombie . The best antihistamine i ever took was Fexofenadine , as said inmy post i ahve just started experimenting with vit E capsules and found it helps quite a bit . I have completely stopped my anithists for the last 7 days , i managed 14 days before this . Sometimes i think you need to have break from them and clear your body out . But i would say fexofenadine is good and has less side effects than clarytin (loratadine ) but it is a very personal thing .

Rbaston0912
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   Posted 10/10/2010 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
to_the_bars said...
I have always had very bad allergy problems however this season they are horrible! I heard this year is a bad year for allergy sufferers. I take over-the-counter Claritin everyday and get allergy shots every other week. This just isn't helping this season. I have tried switching to Zyrtec however if I take the whole pill at about 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon I feel so tired and groggy it isn't worth it! Someone suggested I cut the pill in 1/2 which I have also tried however it worked about as well as the Claritin normally does. Does anyone have any other recommendations for a different over-the-counter or prescription I could take daily for my allergies with little side effects? Or does anyone have any other good remedies that may help me? Please help!!! Thanks all!


Hi,

I suggest that you should consult your situation first from a doctor. It would be best to hear something from the physician rather than getting self medication.
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