With 2018 being an especially bad year for allergies, you may be reconsidering your current allergy medication. The sheer number of allergy relief commercials that crop up during high-pollen months can make it pretty tempting. Among the brands frequently advertised are household names like Claritin (loratadine), Allegra (fexofenadine), and Zyrtec (cetirizine), but there’s a new contender—Xyzal (levocetirizine). See More
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It’s summer, which means warm weather, days at the beach, and poison ivy. Every summer, people swing by the pharmacy with questions about how to get rid of their itchy rash.
If you do happen to come into contact with poison ivy this summer you may find the following tips particularly helpful:
The earlier you realize you have been exposed, the better
A poison ivy rash is a result of exposure to oil on the plant known as urushiol. See More
Summer’s in full swing — complete with barbeques and beach parties, airplane rides and hotels. And that means lots of potential allergens. Whether you’re stay-cationing or vacationing, we’ve put together this packing checklist to help you plan for allergies so they don’t ruin your fun.
1) Pack allergy medications
Some lucky people don’t get motion sickness, but if you do, it can ruin a cruise or sailing trip — even a road trip. You may have tried over-the-counter medications like Dramamine and Bonine, but in the end, preventing motion sickness might best be solved with the help of your doctor.
Here’s what you should know about motion sickness and how to choose the best treatment for you.
How is motion sickness caused?
The most widely held explanation for why some of us experience motion sickness is called the “sensory conflict hypothesis. See More
Antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and allergy medicines are some of the many popular medications that can affect your dreams, and not always in a good way.
Medications that influence the neurotransmitters in our brain — those same chemicals that affect our mood and alertness — often come with the reported side effect of causing disturbing dreams and nightmares. While nightmares occur in only 1–5% of folks using these medications, here is the list of the most common offenders. See More
Turns out, taking a certain kind of drug today is associated with an increased chance of dementia as many as 20 years from now, according to a new study.
The study looked at people who had taken anticholinergic drugs that are frequently prescribed for depression, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, and allergies. People who had taken drugs from specific classes of anticholinergics had as much as a 30% greater likelihood of being diagnosed with dementia later in life. See More
This is shaping up to be an especially tough year for people with allergies. With all the choices for allergy medications out there, how do you make sure you’re prepared with the best one? Here are three questions you should ask before popping that next allergy pill.
1. How long do my allergy symptoms last?
Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is caused by environmental allergens like pollen in the air. See More
More than one in ten visits to a primary care doctor is for fatigue. Fatigue is composed of three major components: generalized weakness (difficulty in initiating activities), easy fatigability (difficulty in completing activities), and mental fatigue (difficulty with concentration and memory). While certainly not the only answer, medications may cause fatigue. Here are some of the common culprits.
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It’s always exciting when a medication that once required a prescription becomes available over-the-counter. The ability to purchase a medication easily from the grocery story or pharmacy saves time and money!
Recently, the FDA approved Xyzal (levocetirizine) as an over-the-counter treatment for the relief of allergy symptoms. The approval of Xyzal Allergy 24hr adds another antihistamine option to the current OTC arsenal, but be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding any over-the-counter medications to your regimen. See More
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications can be quick, easy, and convenient options to ease minor aches and pains, the common cold, or seasonal allergies.
Antihistamines are one of the most commonly used OTC medications, including allergy treatments like Allegra (fexofenadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine), or a sleep aids like Nyquil (which often contain diphenhydramine—also known as Benadryl).
These 5 facts will help you choose the right OTC antihistamine. See More