Best OTC Drugs to Treat Your Seasonal Allergies

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Best OTC Drugs to Treat Your Seasonal Allergies
Sun, 05-12-2013 - 11:33am

Are you confused over all the choices available when it comes to treating your allergy symptoms? iVillage Health has some information that might be helpful. "The first line of defense for congestion, runny nose and sneezing is to take one of the newer, less sedating antihistamines: Cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra) and loratadine (Claritin or Alavert). “You take them once a day,” says Sakina Bajowala, M.D., an allergist in North Aurora, Ill. “There are few side effects, although cetirizine may cause minor sleepiness in some people.”

Older antihistamines such as Benadryl or ChlorTrimeton work, too, but you have to take them more often and they may make you drowsy, says Mantione. It’s best to take them at bedtime. While oral antihistamines also relieve watery, itchy eyes, you may be able to get by with an eye drop containing antihistamines (Zaditor or Alaway) if eye symptoms are your only complaint." READ MORE

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