Is There A Comparable Drug To Singulair?

Question

Asked by joyce

Is There A Comparable Drug To Singulair?

I was taking singular for allergies and can no longer afford it because of no insurance.

Answer

Joyce,

Another over the counter antihistamine is Claritin/Loratidine, which is not supposed to make you sleepy. However, Zyrtec does not commonly cause drowsiness either, so the fact that you are experiencing that side effect may mean you are more susceptible. Still, the Claritin is probably worth a try. You might also try an antihistamine nasal spray and/or a nasal saline rinse, like the Netti Pot.

Before using antihistamines, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:

  • breathing problems (e.g., asthma, emphysema)
  • a certain eye problem (glaucoma)
  • heart problems
  • high blood pressure
  • liver disease
  • seizures
  • stomach problems (e.g., ulcers, blockage)
  • overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • urination problems (e.g., trouble urinating due to enlarged prostate, urinary retention)

To your health,

Kathi

Here is more information on common over-the-counter antihistamines:

3 Reasons to Choose OTC Antihistamines Over OTC Decongestants to Treat Your Allergy Symptoms

Antihistamine Oral Uses and How to Use

Nasal Decongestants and Antihistamines Oral Precautions and Side Effects

Answered by Kathi MacNaughton