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Non-Drowsy Benadryl?
EMYod posted:
I take Zyrtec frequently for my seasonal allergies and it seems to work great, but whenever I have an allergic reaction to something, Benadryl is the only thing that ever seems to help. This past week I am having a reaction to something in my office. I have no idea what it is, but I'm miserable. I've tried numerous allergy meds, but nothing seems to be working. Benadryl knocks me out everytime I take it, so I'm trying to avoid that at work for obvious reasons. I was wondering if there is a non-drowsy Benadryl or any other option?
Gregory M Metz, MD responded:
Have you tried loratadine or half dose of benadryl?
sgbl88 responded:
You should probably see your dr. You might benefit from nasal sprays (either steroids or anithistimines or both) and those require a prescription.

An OTC alternative would be NasalCrom which is a mast cell stabilizer. It is less effective and has to be used every 4 hours, but it might be helpful while you are working.

Lastly, sinus rinses are wonderful. So you might think about trying that.

Feel better.

jt_RPH responded:
there are three common OTC medications like benadryl with less drowsiness, however they are are not as strong in treating allergic reactions. Here they are in order of drowsiness:

Benadryl: works GREAT, but most drowsiness.

Chlortrimeton: works well, but not as much drowsiness

zyrtec: works well for seasonal allergies: minimal drowsiness in most patients.

Claritin: works well for seasonal allergies, no to very little drowsiness.

claritin and syrtec are very similar. sometimes one works great for someone with allergies and the other does nothing. so give them a shot.
gramacabra responded:
I have the same issue. Something at my job causes a severe allergic reaction. Have you had any luck figuring it out?

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