I had fashioned a young couple come to the pharmacy the other day. The person looked miserable – with itchy, puffy, watery eye, stuffy nose and a terrible cough. His partner came to the drug-store and said, “My sweetheart is sick and has been a baby about it and snoring at nighttime! What can I give him? inch
All of his symptoms were induced by histamines (which are released when we have a cold or allergies). Histamine can also cause hives (itchy, red, increased bumpy rash). So, we treat them by taking an ANTIhistamine. The antihistamine neutralizes some or all of the histamines so that our symptoms are lessened. Antihistamines come in many forms -oral, topical cream, nasal spray and vision drops. www.healthable.org
These oral antihistamines can fix cold/allergy symptoms and hives…
The following are available OTC:
1 ) Benadryl (diphenhydramine) -Best for rashes and take at bedtime if the patient can’t sleep due to cold/allergy symptoms (it will help symptoms and cause drowsiness).
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3. Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine)
4. Tavist (clemastine) The above antihistamines work nicely but can cause a lot of sedation for most people (although some young kids may become hyperactive). That has been estimated that up to 90% of the Benadryl sold can be used as a sleeping help.
Helpful hint: Diphenhydramine (the active component in Benadryl) can be used in many OTC sleeping peacefully pills and is used to treat motion sickness.
5. Claritin and Alavert (loratadine)
6. Zyrtec (cetirizine) The two above do not usually cause sleepiness. They are presented in generics, mix products with pseudophedrine (decongestants) and come in products for children 2 years old to adult.
The pursuing antihistamines are available with a prescription…
7. Xyzal (levocetirizine) -Great for itchiness and itchy skin as a consequence to allergies. It often causes drowsiness.
8. Allegra (fexofenadine) -Option for those that an OTC antihistamines does not work or causes too much sleepiness. It can be available in a generic!
9. Clarinex (desloratadine) -It does not come in a generic and hasn’t really been proven to help more than generic OTC Claritin.
For those who have questions about how precisely to treat other symptoms from allergies/cold, come check out this other article.
Although all the drugs are antihistamines they work differently for each and every person. You may want to try away a few to see which one works for you.
Oral antihistamines are also used to treat acid reflux disease, motion sickness and dizziness… but that is a story for a different time.