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Spring Allergy Relief Can Be Hard to Find

Survey Shows Most Americans Have Limited Success From Common Treatments

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The average number of allergy medicines used by the participants was three; 26% of respondents said they took five or more medications to treat their allergy symptoms.

Nearly two-thirds who used prescription or over-the-counter medicines reported at least one side effect, such as drowsiness and dry mouth. Side effect frequency was similar among the two groups -- 64% of those using over-the counter medications and 65% of those taking prescription medication experienced side effects.

Those who had discussed their seasonal allergies with a doctor were much more likely to have taken a prescription allergy medication (84% vs. 48%). They were also more likely to have found a highly satisfactory prescription medication or avoidance measure to relieve their allergy symptoms.

The most popular prescription medications mentioned in the survey were steroid nasal sprays, such as Flonase and Nasonex, and the pill Singulair.

The over-the-counter allergy medications taken most often by people with spring allergies were the antihistamines Benadryl Allergy, Claritin, and Zyrtec, and the decongestant Sudafed.

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