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over-the-counter medicines are available to control
symptoms of allergies, including
allergic rhinitis. These medicines work well but can
have side effects. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
It is usually best to take only single-ingredient allergy or cold
preparations, instead of those containing many active ingredients. Talk with a pharmacist if you have any questions.
Over-the-counter medicines used to control the symptoms of allergies,
including allergic rhinitis, include:
If over-the-counter medicines do not improve your
symptoms, or if they cause bothersome side effects, such as drowsiness, talk
with your doctor about prescription medicines.
When you take either
over-the-counter or prescription medicines, you may want to keep a medicine
record. Use a notebook to record information on medicine you use,
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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