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Allergy Relief: Pills and Nasal Sprays

Allergy Pills

You may want to dry these on their own or with a nasal spray to get allergy relief.

Antihistamines. Prescription and nonprescription antihistamines can help if you sneeze, itch, and have a runny nose, but they don't ease congestion. Newer prescription antihistamines are less likely to cause drowsiness. Sometimes your doctor will suggest these together with a decongestant and maybe a steroid nasal spray.

Decongestants. They shrink swollen nasal tissues and relieve stuffy noses. Decongestants don't usually work as quickly in pill form as they do in sprays. These drugs can raise blood pressure, so talk to your doctor before taking them, especially if you have high blood pressure.

Combination pills. Some drugs combine decongestants and antihistamines to help ease many symptoms. They can relieve itching, sneezing, and a runny, stuffy nose.

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Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on June 29, 2015
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