Sedating decongestants

Most are available as just an antihistamine or in combination with other drugs such as decongestants.

Prescription non-sedating antihistamines include Clarinex® tablets and the nasal spray, Astelin®.

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Sedating decongestants

Antihistamines block histamines, thereby preventing some or all of the allergen's effects, but early antihistamines often caused drowsiness.

A non-sedating antihistamine is one that is less likely to cause patients to feel sleepy or tired.

Although pharmaceutical manufacturers describe some of their products as non-sedating antihistamines, some patients do experience drowsiness, fatigue, impaired motor responses and concentration difficulties when taking them.

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When the body comes into contact with something to which it is allergic, whether through contact, respiration or consumption, substances called histamines are released to attack the allergen.

On the other hand, some patients experience none of these symptoms when taking sedating antihistamines.

Because each patient can react differently, individuals should determine how they react to a non-sedating antihistamine before driving, taking important tests or operating dangerous machinery.

Many types of antihistamines are available without a prescription.

Examples of over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines include the brand names Claritin®, Allegra®, and Zyrtec®.

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  1. Most are available as just an antihistamine or in combination with other drugs such as decongestants.

  2. Prescription non-sedating antihistamines include Clarinex® tablets and the nasal spray, Astelin®.

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