Risks of non sedating antihistamines
Second generation antihistamines have been investigated for both efficacy and safety in paediatrics.An optimal understanding of their effects and pharmacology are required for optimal use in each patient.While these newer antihistamines may still cause drowsiness or a dry mouth, they haven’t been shown to impair a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.Allegra is the only antihistamine that is truly considered to be non-sedating.
Since older antihistamines can impair mental and motor functioning, they can impair a person’s ability to operate motor vehicles or heavy machinery.
Oral antihistamines work well when taken as-needed, meaning that allergy symptoms improve within an hour or two of taking the medication.
Oral antihistamines can also help treat the symptoms of eye allergies.
Benadryl, and many other older antihistamines, such as Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine), are available OTC without a prescription.
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Antihistamines for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)Newer oral antihistamines, such as Xyzal (levocetirizine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Clarinex (desloratadine) and Clarinex (loratadine), are very effective therapies for the treatment of hay fever.