Pollen Count

06/22/2022

Tree

Absent

Grass

Low

Ragweed

Absent

Total Weed

Absent

Mold

Moderate
Written by Rachna Shah on January 31, 2022

What Makes One Antihistamine Different From Another?

There are now many different antihistamines available over the counter. What makes each one different and why recommend one over the other?  Here is a breakdown for you, just in

time for allergy season!

  • Benadryl: Works fast, lasts 4-6 hours.  Can be very sedating.
  • Claritin:  Works within 3 hours, lasts at least 24 hours. Not very strong. Can be sedating in some people.
  • Zyrtec: Works within 1 hour, lasts at least 24 hours. Stronger than Claritin. Can be sedating. Should be taken at nighttime.
  • Allegra: Works within 1 to 3 hours, lasts at least 24 hours. Stronger than Claritin. Not very sedating. Safe to take in daytime.
  • Xyzal: Dimer of Zyrtec. Works within 1 hour, lasts at least 24 hours. Stronger than Claritin. Less sedating than Zyrtec.
Article written by Rachna Shah

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