" April 25, 2003 -- Timely research for the start of hay fever season: Despite their higher cost, the newer, so-called "second generation" of more expensive "nonsedating" prescription antihistamines may be no more effective at preventing fatigue and memory lapses than older over-the-counter formulas such as Benadryl.So concludes a new study published in the current issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in which researchers compared 18 previous trials investigating antihistamine-caused sedation levels in 1,500 people between ages 8 and 81.
These reactions are known as 'wheal-and-flare reactions' (a small elevated area of skin surrounded by a red rash).
Claritin is available as both the brand name product and generic product (Loratadine).
I knew vaguely that steroids were not-to-be-taken-lightly drugs. The treatment worked beautifully, ending the itch and beating down the swelling within a day or two. But you can understand why I was struck by this recent headline from the American College of Emergency Physicians: "Got Hives?
He prescribed an over-the-counter antihistamine, Benadryl, and a steroid, prednisone.
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