Sedating antihistamines side effects
John Wilson Georgitis, MD Consulting Staff, Lafayette Allergy Services John Wilson Georgitis, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Chest Physicians, American Lung Association, American Medical Writers Association, and American Thoracic Society Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.
INTRODUCTION With allergy season upon us, people will be seeking an OTC product for allergy symptom relief, and pharmacists will be making recommendations based on individual patients’ needs (eg, fast working, nonsedating, and long lasting).
Selectively inhibits peripheral histamine H1 receptors. The only one that is presently available without a prescription Nonsedating second-generation antihistamine.In patients previously sensitized to specific aeroallergens, subsequent exposure induces an immunoglobulin E–mediated biochemical cascade resulting in mast cell/basophil degranulation and release of inflammatory mediators.While an individual’s response to allergens varies, OTC therapies can offer an effective initial approach to treatment, should allergen avoidance be difficult or impractical.Allergies often manifest after several seasonal exposures to the same set of pollens or potential allergens.Because pharmacists are often asked to make OTC recommendations for AR relief, they must be aware of the prevalence, etiologies, and manifestations of AR, and approaches to its treatment.