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There are tons of allergy medicines available, both over the counter and by prescription. So, how can you know which one is best? The answer to this question is not a simple one.
First, it will be helpful to explore the main type of medicine used to treat allergies, which is an antihistamine. An antihistamine is a drug that blocks a receptor for histamine.
Histamine is a chemical in your body that over-reacts to certain triggers, or allergens, such as pollen, mold, dust mites or pet dander and produces allergy symptoms.
These symptoms can include sneezing, nasal stuffiness, sniffling, and itching.
So, antihistamines help relieve or prevent those symptoms. Lets look closer at the different choices you have for allergy medication: First-generation antihistamines. These are the original medicines developed to treat allergy symptoms and are available over the counter.
These medications are generally effective, but have some bothersome side effects, especially drowsiness, which makes it difficult to take them on a regular basis. Examples are Benadryl and Chlortrimeton.
These medicines dont cause the same level of drowsiness as their predecessors, though some of them can still cause mild sedation in some people. However, they are all highly effective and can be taken on a regular basis with very few side effects.
They also come in long-lasting versions, so you only need to take them once a day. Allegra, Zyrtec, and, claritin.
Claritin has been sold over the counter for a couple of years, and also has a number of generic versions (loratidine).
Singulair falls into this category and it is used for both allergies associates and asthma. It blocks leukotrienes, another body chemical that is involved in the allergic response.