Allergy medicines fall into a couple of groups: first-generation antihistamines , which are mostly available over the counter and include such common drugs as Benadryl and Chlor-tri-meton, and second-generation antihistamines, such as the following: Claritin (now available over the counter) Clarinex (similar to Claritin, but prescription) Zyrtec (prescription) Allegra (prescription) Most people who have allergies take a second generation antihistamine. Not only are they more effective, they're less likely to cause sedation, which makes them a safer choice. However, much of medicine is trial and error . No one treatment is right for every person. I know I've tried all of the second-generation medicines listed above. For me, Allegra works best to control my allergy symptoms, but I know others who swear by Zyrtec or Claritin. Now, for the first time in several years, a new drug has been approved for use in treating allergies in the US: Xyzal . It's been in use for...
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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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