What Is A Good Substitute For Allegra Now That It Has Gone Otc? I Just Received Notification That My Insurance Provider Would Not Cover It And The Cost Has Skyrocketed.

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Asked by D. Edgington

What Is A Good Substitute For Allegra Now That It Has Gone Otc? I Just Received Notification That My Insurance Provider Would Not Cover It And The Cost Has Skyrocketed.

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Unfortunately, almost all of the second-generation oral antihistamines are now over the counter. So your options are limited. Clarinex, a drug very similar to OTC Claritin, is still prescription. So you might look into that. Singulair, which works on the body very differently from the antihistamines, is an oral medication used for both allergies and asthma that many people have found to be helpful. It does carry a risk of side effects, however, so discuss it with your doctor.

Another option is to go with some sort of nasal spray. Most of those are still prescription.

Your doctor will be the best place to discuss and evaluate your options for prescription allergy medicine.

Take care,

Kathi

Answered by Kathi MacNaughton