Allergic Rhinitis - Medications
What to think about
You may want to think about
using different medicines at different times of the day. For example, during
the day it may be important to avoid the drowsiness that some antihistamines
cause. But if you are at home in the evening and this side effect is not a
concern, you can think about using a low-cost, over-the-counter antihistamine.
You may also try a combination of medicines to relieve all of your symptoms.
Talk with your doctor about which symptoms are most important for you to treat
and which medicines may work best for you.
If you don't take your
medicine, your symptoms may come back or get worse. When you give medicine to children, explain
to them why they are taking medicine and how it can help them. Also tell them what side effects may occur.
You may use medicine daily for quick
relief of symptoms that occur suddenly or are getting worse. Or you may use it
in advance if you know you may breathe an allergen. For example, if you have
severe pollen allergies, your doctor may suggest that you start using a
corticosteroid spray 1 to 2 weeks before the pollen season starts.