There are currently only a handful of what are considered second-generation antihistamines. These are drugs that can prevent allergy symptoms while NOT causing the drowsiness that most of the first-generation antihistamines brought on. The original second-generation drugs included Claritin, Allegra, and Zyrtec. Though all are similar in action and scope, each one has been approved for slightly different uses by the FDA. A couple of years ago, Claritin's patent expired and it went both generic AND over the counter. There are now any number of different brand name versions of the drug originally marketed under the Claritin brand. The FDA also approved over the counter use of Claritin, which means you can buy it at any pharmacy counter without a doctor's prescription. Many drugs originally sold only by prescription have gone over the counter (OTC) during the last decade or so. The reason for this loosening of the medication regulations is that the ...
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If you haven't gotten the relief you want from your current allergy medicine, there's a new drug on the market that might be worth talking with your doctor about. It's called Xyzal® (generic name: levocetirizine dihydrochloride) and it's an antihistamine already used in more than 80 countries worldwide to treat both indoor and outdoor allergies, as well as a skin condition called idiopathic urticaria. The medication is being marketed in the US by drugmakers UCB and sanofi-aventis . Studies have shown that Xyzal significantly reduces common allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose, and itchy eyes. It's taken once daily and would be equivalent to other once-daily antihistamines such as Allegra , Claritin , and Zyrtec . In my opinion, finding relief for allergies is somewhat of a trial and error situation. And what works well for one person doesn't always do the same for someone else. I know that I've always gotten the be...
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