Medicines that are safe when they are used alone can sometimes cause problems if you take them with other medicines. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking medicine for something else and want to try an over-the-counter medicine for your allergy.
Over-the-counter medicines used to control the symptoms of allergies, including allergic rhinitis, include:
If over-the-counter medicines do not improve your symptoms, or if they cause bothersome side effects, such as drowsiness, talk with your doctor about prescription medicines.
When you take either over-the-counter or prescription medicines, you may want to keep a medicine record. Use a notebook to record information on medicine you use, including:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology|
|Last Revised||June 30, 2011|
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