Choosing an Allergy Medication Brand

Claritin receives the highest marks for its efficacy in battling the highest number of the most common symptoms that allergy sufferers face. This popular allergy medicine brand is available both wit a prescription and as an over the counter medication. There are fewer side effects reported with the OTC Claritin and the multiple dosages make it a favorite of many.

 

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  1. Which are the best allergy medication brands?
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    There are a number of effective over the counter allergy medication brands such as Claritin, Sudafed, and Zyrtec. Depending on the type of allergy, one brand may be more effective than another. Hay fever symptoms and other short-term allergies respond differently than mold and dust allergies.

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  2. Do seasonal allergy medications work with pet allergies?
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    Benadryl is a much more effective option for animal dander and similar allergies. If the exact nature and cause of an allergy are not known it is a worthwhile exercise to visit an allergy specialist for testing.

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  3. Why do allergy medications cause drowsiness?
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    Most allergy medications contain a high amount of antihistamines which are also known sedatives. There are non-drowsy alternatives available, although it is always wise to make sure that there are no side effects with either regular and non-drowsy medications prior to driving or operating machinery.

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  4. Is it normal for allergy medications to cause jitters?
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    Many allergy medication brands do cause nervousness as well as an increased heart rate. It is always best to consult with a physician or other medical professional prior to taking any new medications, whether prescription or over the counter.

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  5. Are generic brands as effective as named allergy medication brands?
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    Yes, generally speaking, generic allergy medications are as effective as named brands. All allergy medications are monitored by the FDA and must comply with the same regulations and standards.

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  6. Can allergy medication be taken to combat cold symptoms?
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    Colds and allergies share many symptoms such as sneezing and runny noses. There is overlap between cold medication and allergy pills but not all cold symptoms will be alleviated with allergy medications. Symptoms such as sore throats and fever will not be affected by typical allergy medication brands.

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  7. How many times per day should allergy medications be taken?
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    Dependent upon the dosage, most allergy medication brands have several options. There are 24-hour pills that need to be taken only once per day, while their 12-hour counterparts require two doses. Eight-hour pills will need to be taken at least three times. Eight-hour allergy medicine allows for more flexibility in the number of pills taken and the dosage administered.

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  8. Which is the best allergy medication brand?
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    Claritin receives the highest marks for its efficacy in battling the highest number of the most common symptoms that allergy sufferers face. This popular allergy medicine brand is available both wit a prescription and as an over the counter medication. There are fewer side effects reported with the OTC Claritin and the multiple dosages make it a favorite of many.

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  9. Can the top allergy medication brands be taken with alcohol?
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    There is no doubt that alcohol and allergy medicines do not mix. Allergy sufferers should refrain from alcohol consumption when taking allergy medications in order to avoid liver damage. Additionally, the drowsiness effects of allergy medicines can be heightened with alcohol consumption. The best practice when taking allergy medication, whatever the brand might be, is to avoid alcohol consumption in any amount.

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  10. Are allergy medications addictive?
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    Some allergy medications may lose effectiveness with prolonged use. It is important to closely follow the dosage instructions and not take any more than the recommended amount.

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