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This week's Question of the Week:
How would a benedryl shot help a 16+ hour migraine?
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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.
Let's 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, w...
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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