Antihistamines are used in the treatment of allergic reactions, colds, hay fever, hives, and insect bites and stings.
Some antihistamines may also be helpful in reducing anxiety, inducing sleep, or at preventing or treating motion sickness.
Allergy sufferers have long faced a no-win situation with traditional antihistamine medications: sneeze and itch your way through seasonal allergies or take antihistamines and live in a fog instead.
Results of the study, “Assessment of the Effects of Antihistamine Drugs on Mood, Sleep Quality, Sleepiness, and Dream Anxiety,” were published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice. Ninety-two patients with chronic allergies were administered standard therapeutic doses of newer generation antihistamines, including cetirizine (Zyrtec), levocetirizine (Xyzal), and desloratadine (Clarinex), or older drugs, including hydroxyzine (Atarax) and pheniramine (Avil).
Your doctor can prescribe a “non-sedating” antihistamine to help manage your symptoms without drowsiness.
Many over-the-counter antihistamines cause drowsiness and carry warnings about mental alertness, especially while driving or operating machinery.
Oral antihistamines are the most commonly prescribed allergy medication.
Finding the best antihistamines can sometimes be a confusing issue, since so many OTC and prescription choices are available.