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Health Tip: Using an Antihistamine

Health Tip: Using an Antihistamine

10/11/12

(HealthDay News) -- Antihistamines are medications used to prevent or treat allergy symptoms. Many of these medicines may be bought without a doctor's prescription.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has issued these guidelines for people who take an over-the-counter antihistamine:

  • Before you take an antihistamine, talk to your doctor if you have a chronic health condition, including heart disease, high blood pressure or thyroid disease.
  • Before you take an antihistamine, talk to your doctor if you also take a sleeping pill, sedative or muscle relaxant. These other medicines may interact with an antihistamine.
  • If you take an antihistamine that is combined with a decongestant or pain reliever, carefully check the label for potential interactions with your other medications.
  • Be careful that you aren't taking more than one medication that contains an antihistamine. This could cause you to take more than you need.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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