Treating Your Allergies with OTC Drugs

Navigating your way down aisle upon aisle of medicines readily available for your purchase can be a very daunting task. Which option do you choose? What's the difference between option A and option B? Should you take a liquid or a pill? How about a liqui-gel? Many over-the-counter medicines (medicines you can buy without a prescription) can help allergy symptoms, but here you'll find information about the different types of over-the-counter medicines for allergies and how to use them safely. It's advised that you check with your doctor before you take over-the-counter medicines. These medicines may interfere with other medicines you may be taking may be a poor choice for other health reasons.

When considering taking OTCs, ask your doctor or pharmacist:

  • What’s the name of the medicine, and what benefit will I achieve taking it?
  • How much of the medicine should I take, and how often should I take it?
  • Should I take the medicine before, after, or between meals?
  • Is there anything I should avoid eating or drinking when I take this medicine?
  • When should I stop taking the medicine?
  • What are the possible side effects, and what should I do if I have them?
  • Should I avoid any activities, such as driving, when I’m taking the medicine?

Self-diagnosing and self-medicating with OTCs comes with its own set of risks and possible side effects. Be sure to tell your doctor about:

  • All the medicines you’re taking. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines and also any vitamins and herbal supplements you take. Sometimes medicines don’t work well together and can cause problems (called a drug interaction). Make a list of all the medicines, vitamins, and supplements you are taking, and show it to your doctor.
  • Allergy symptoms you’ve had from medicines, such as rashes, hives, or trouble breathing and the medicines that caused them
  • Other side effects you’re having, such as feeling drowsy, dizzy or tired and the medicines that caused them
  • How well the medicine is working

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