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What combination allergy drugs are used for allergies?

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Some allergy drugs contain both an antihistamine and a decongestant to relieve multiple allergy symptoms. Other drugs have multiple effects aside from just blocking the effects of histamine, such as preventing mast cells from releasing other allergy-inducing chemicals. Some examples of combination allergy medicines include:

  • Over-the-counter: cetirizine and pseudoephedrine (Zyrtec-D), fexofenadine and pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D), diphenhydramine and pseudoephedrine (Benadryl Allergy and Sinus), loratadine and pseudoephedrine (Claritin-D), and pseudoephedrine/triprolidine(Actifed) for nasal allergies; and naphazoline/pheniramine (Naphcon A) for allergic conjunctivitis
  • Prescription: acrivastine and pseudoephedrine (Semprex-D) for nasal allergies; azelastine/fluticasone (Dymista) combines an antihistamine with a steroid in a nasal spray for seasonal nasal allergies

From: Allergy Medications WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

FDA. News release.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. News release. 

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 3, 2017

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

FDA. News release.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. News release. 

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 3, 2017

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