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    Old 05-06-2008, 06:05 PM   #1
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    non-antihistamine allergy Drug

    I am a 74 year old male with BHP and should avoid antihistamines. Any suggestions for the above is appreciated.
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    Old 05-07-2008, 04:21 AM   #2
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    Re: non-antihistamine allergy Drug

    If you mean you have High Blood Pressure (HBP), it isn't antihistamines you should avoid. It's decongestants. There is a difference. Lots of antihistamines are out there without decongestants - Zyrtec, Claritin, Benedryl, Allegra, etc. As long as it doesn't have -D after the name, you should be OK. Avoid the Sudafed series too.

     
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    Re: non-antihistamine allergy Drug

    BPH is enlarged prostate and not high blood pressure. Thanks for your input.
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    Re: non-antihistamine allergy Drug

    Sorry. In that case, I would suggest allergy injections to desensitize you to the allergens. The shots have no antihistamines or decongestants. THey are low doses of the actual allergen.

     
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    Re: non-antihistamine allergy Drug

    The other thing you might try is Singulair - it can help with allergies by stopping part of the allergic reaction but is not an antihistamine (It's available only by prescription and I know that some insurance companies won't cover it for allergies because it it so much more expensive than many antihistamines). It works differently but might be an option for you.

     
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    Re: non-antihistamine allergy Drug

    I'm not sure if they are contraindicated with your condition, but there are prescription steroid nasal sprays that may help. They also sell over the counter a nasal spray called Nasalcrom, which I don't believe is an antihistamine. I would check with the pharmacist to see if that's okay for you to take. Good luck.

     
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    Re: non-antihistamine allergy Drug

    Dang it! I always forget about those since I hate sprays and they did away with the nasal inhalers. One of them might very well work for you.

     
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    Re: non-antihistamine allergy Drug

    Thanks for the suggestion of Singulair. I'll ask my Dr. about this and if he gives it his Ok, I'll try it.
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