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What types of medicines can I take for nasal allergies?


Use the chart below to find the kind of medicine you're taking or thinking about taking.

The chart lists the most common types of medications used to treat symptoms of nasal allergies

Allergy Medications

Antihistamines
brand generic
Optimine azatadine
Dimetane (OTC) brompheniramine
Reactine, Zyrtec cetirizine
Chlor-Trimeton (OTC) chlorpheniramine
Tavist (OTC) clemastine
Periactin cyproheptadine
Polaramine dexchlorpheniramine
Benadryl (OTC), Benadryl Allergy, Various diphenhydramine
Allegra fexofenadine
Atarax, Vistaril hydroxyzine
Claritin loratadine
Nolahist phenindamine
Phenergan promethazine
Pyribenzamine (PBZ) tripelennamine
Decongestants
brand generic
Vicks Vatronol ephedrine (Available OTC as nasal spray or drops)
Afrin, Dristan Long-acting, Neo-Synephrine Maximum Strength, Vicks Sinex Long-Lasting, 4-Way Long Lasting oxymetazoline (Available OTC as nasal spray or drops)
Dristan Fast-Acting, Neo-Synephrine (pediatric, mild, regular, and extra strength formulas), Vicks Sinex phenylephrine (Available OTC as nasal spray or drops)
Drixoral Non-Drowsy, Sudafed, Children's Sudafed pseudoephedrine (OTC)
AntihistamineDecongestant
brand generic
Dimetapp, Vicks Dayquil brompheniramine, phenylpropanolamine
Triaminic chlorpheniramine, phenylpropanolamine
Allerest, Chlor-Trimetron, Contac, Sudafed Plus chlorpheniramine, pseudoephedrine
Tavist-D clemastine, phenylpropanolamine
Drixoral Cold and Allergy dexbrompheniramine, phenylpropanolamine
Benedryl Decongestant diphenhydramine, pseudoephedrine
Actifed triprolidine, pseudoephedrine
AntihistamineDecongestant
brand generic
Allegra-D fexofenadine, pseudoephedrine
Claritin-D loratadine, pseudoephedrine
Intranasal Corticosteroids
brand generic
Beconase, Vancenase beclomethasone
Rhinocort budesonide
Nasarel, Nasalide flunisolide
Flonase fluticasone
Nasonex mometasone furoate
Nasacort triamcinolone
Cromolyn sodium-intranasal
brand generic
Nasalcrom cromolyn sodium

* New antihistamine medications are being brought onto the market all the time. This list is a sampling of some of the antihistamines available.


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