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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:
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:
Whom should I talk to about over-the counter medicine for allergies?
Your doctor can advise you on both over-the-counter and prescription medicine for your allergies. Your pharmacist can tell you what’s in the medicine and what the side effects are. If your symptoms are severe or don’t get better after taking medicine, you may want to see an allergy expert. Allergists are experts in treating allergies. Your doctor can refer you to an allergy expert.
Do health insurance plans cover over-the counter medicine and treatment for allergies?
Most health insurance plans don’t cover over-the counter medicines, but they may cover allergy treatment.
Ask your insurance carrier:
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