Description and Brand Names
Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®
US Brand Name
- Childrens Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt
- Childrens Pedia Care
- Complete Allergy
- Compoz Nighttime Sleep Aid
- Dormin Sleep Aid
- FusePaq Dicopanol
- Histex PD
- Pediatex 12
- Serabrina LA France
- Simply Allergy
- Simply Sleep
- Sleep-Ettes D
- Sleep Formula
- Unisom Sleepgels Maximum Strength
Canadian Brand Name
- Allergy Formula
- Allergy Formula Liquid
- Basic Care Allergy Relief Caplets
- Benadryl Allergy Childrens
- Benadryl Childrens
- Buckleys Jack Jill Bedtime
- Clear Allergy Formula For Adults And Children
- Diphedryl Clear
- Equate Nighttime Sleep Aid Liquid - Berry Flavour
- Exact Allergy Formula Caplets
- Exact Nighttime Sleep-Aid - Berry
Antihistamines are used to relieve or prevent the symptoms of hay fever and other types of allergy. They work by preventing the effects of a substance called histamine, which is produced by the body. Histamine can cause itching, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Also, in some persons histamine can close up the bronchial tubes (air passages of the lungs) and make breathing difficult.
Some of the antihistamines are also used to prevent motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. In patients with Parkinson's disease, diphenhydramine may be used to decrease stiffness and tremors. Also, the syrup form of diphenhydramine is used to relieve the cough due to colds or hay fever. In addition, since antihistamines may cause drowsiness as a side effect, some of them may be used to help people go to sleep.
Hydroxyzine is used in the treatment of nervous and emotional conditions to help control anxiety. It can also be used to help control anxiety and produce sleep before surgery.
Some antihistamines are used in the treatment of chronic urticaria, which is a persistent hive-like rash.
Antihistamines may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Antihistamine preparations are available both over-the-counter (OTC) and with your doctor's prescription.
Do not give any over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine to a baby or child under 4 years of age. Using these medicines in very young children might cause serious or possibly life-threatening side effects .
Importance of Diet
Make certain your health care professional knows if you are on a low-sodium, low-sugar, or any other special diet. Most medicines contain more than their active ingredient, and many liquid medicines contain alcohol.
This product is available in the following dosage forms:
- Tablet, Extended Release
- Tablet, Chewable
- Tablet, Disintegrating
- Capsule, Liquid Filled
- Suspension, Extended Release