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Antihistamine Effects

Posted Jul 14 2010 4:49am


Chronic pill poppers really get on my nerves. Almost every time I've been on some medication (unless it's very serious stuff) I almost always miss out on taking a pill during the entire 'course'.

Just for kicks, and in awareness of the prescription drug abuse that's so rampant these days.

Instead, a workout routine is promptly followed every two days seems to be doing the trick in fortifying the body along with getting the food in at the right time and in the right quantity. Prevention is better than cure, I feel. And strengthening your body through appropriate diet and exercise almost always works wonders.

Call me arrogant (and stupid!) but visiting the doctor will only happen if someone else needs to go, or something serious happens.

However, in the case of allergies… that's a different story! That runny nose and watery eyes are just nasty while you try to get on your business. And so, as soon as you begin to run out of tissue or begin to get seemingly cock-eyed, it's time to get one of those over-the-counter drugs that don't need a doctor's prescription.


There could be several reasons for histamine to be released in our body but the fact remains that it is released when one is experiencing an allergic reaction. These histamine reactions are triggered by allergens that could span from certain types of foods to insect bites and from pet dander, mold and dust mites.

Histamine molecules (which are organic nitrogen compounds) are released by the body's immune system while also increasing the permeability of the cells so that they can engage with these foreign bodies in the infected tissues. This, in turn, creates swelling and redness of skin in the area that the infection has taken place.

In order to counter the effects of these histamine compounds, antihistamines work to alleviate one from the various symptoms that have arisen from the release of these compounds.

There are two types of antihistamines where the older group of medications (also known as first-generation antihistamines) sedate the individual whereas the new group are the non-sedating types (second-generation antihistamines).

First-generation antihistamines such as Brompheniramine, Chlorpheniramine, Clemastine, Dimenhydrinate and Diphenhydramine that are a component of the medicines popularly known as Dimetapp, Dramamine, Bromphen, Dimetane, Nasahist, Chlor-Trimeton, Allerhist, Tavist, Benadryl and so on and so forth.

Second-generation antihistamines such as Cetirizine, Fexofenadine, Desloratadine and Loratadine are present in medications such as Zyrtec, Allegra, Clarinex and Claritin.

Pros & Cons of using Antihistamines

Most healthy people will not experience any side-effects from using second generation antihistamine medication but first generation antihistamine medication can cause drowsiness, impact your ability to drive machines or think clearly, dryness of the mouth and eyes as well as abdominal pain and headaches.

Other complications can occur if you are taking sleeping pills, sedatives and muscle relaxants regardless especially when it comes to first generation antihistamine medication.

So, it is imperative for one to consult a doctor before taking any first generation antihistamine medication.

In Closing

Oh, and one more thing, don't even try pill popping when it comes to antihistamine medication either, as this will lead to other complications as well.

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