Common mainstream names for allergy medications appear below.
Sedative: diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Diphenhist, Nytol), brompheniramine (Dimetapp),
carbinoxamine (Histex), chlorpheniramine (Chlorphen), clemastine (Tavist), cyproheptadine
(Periactin), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), hydroxyzine ( Atarax, Vistaril), meclizine ( Antivert),
Less sedative or nonsedative: cetirizine (Zyrtec), desloratadine (Clarinex), fexofenadine
( Allegra), levocetirizine (Xyzal), loratadine ( Alavert, Claritin).
Some of these antihistamines are combined with decongestants, like pseudoephedrine or
phenylephrine, for additional relief of nasal congestion.
Corticosteroids: budesonide (Rhinocort), ciclesonide (Omnaris), fl unisolide (Nasarel),
fl uticasone (Flonase, Veramyst), mometasone (Nasonex), triamcinolone (Nasacort).
Noncorticosteroids: azelastine ( Astepro), olopatadine (Patanase), cromolyn (Nasalcrom),
ipratropium ( Atrovent).
Warning: Over-the-counter decongestant nose sprays, like oxymetazoline ( Afrin, Neo-
Synephrine, Visine LR, Vicks Sinex), must not be used for more than three days.
Azelastine (Optivar), ketotifen (Zaditor), olopatadine (Patanol, Pataday), ketorolac ( Acular),
loteprednol ( Alrex, Lotemax), and others (Opcon-A, Naphcon-A, Clear Eyes ACR).
Some of these medications may be used in combination.
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