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Old 04-19-2005, 09:07 AM   #1
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Question non-drowsy allergy medications

I've never taken an alergy medication because I've never been sure I have one, but now that I've had mild cold symptoms for more than a month I think I do.

Someone told me that all the alergy medications make you extremely drowsy though, so it's not worth it.

Is this true? What sorts of side effects do they all have?

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Old 04-19-2005, 09:58 AM   #2
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Re: non-drowsy allergy medications

If you take the allergy medication such as zyrtecD, ClaritanD, AllegraD. Those will not make you sleepy. They have the sudafed in them that helps dry up the mucous. I have tried all accept the zyrtecD, and they do not make me sleepy. If you have high blood pressure, sudafed will not be right for you because it will RAISE bloodpressure.

Benadryl makes me sleepy for sure.
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Old 04-19-2005, 01:19 PM   #3
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Re: non-drowsy allergy medications

You could check with your pharmacist for an over-the-counter med that won't make you sleepy...or try Benedryl at night. The best way to tell if it's a cold, sinus infection or allerfy is the color of the mucous (what you blwo out your nose). If it's clear, it's allergy. If it is green then it's an infection.

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Re: non-drowsy allergy medications

I think there is an over the counter Sudafed that is the non-drowsy kind. Also, if you are going to get over the counter medicine, Claritin I don't think makes you drowsy.
I take Allegra-D and it doesn't make me tired. My ex was also put on this one by his doctor because of the fact that he had bad allergies and was a pilot so they specifically had to put him on one that was non-drowsy.

Old 04-19-2005, 04:17 PM   #5
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Re: non-drowsy allergy medications

Claritin should not make you drowsy. Tavist isn't too bad either. And like the first post said, if you take a decongestant with the antihistimine it will help prevent drowsiness.

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