Tried or prescribed Antihistamines for Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza)? Share your experience. Have you?
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The main effect of antihistamines is to dry up secretions. They are also sedating, so much so that they are ingredients in all OTC sleep remedies. Second-generation antihistamines such as loratadine (Claritin) are considered non-sedating and may be available without a prescription.
Common antihistamines include:
Possible side effects of antihistamines include:
- Drying of secretions, which impairs their clearance and may lead to complications (such as sinusitis, otitis, and pneumonia)
- Retention or difficulty passing urine
Talk to your doctor before taking these medications if you have the following conditions, which can be made worse by the side effects of antihistamines:
- Urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate gland
- Breathing problems
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