Can you recommend a non-drowsy Benadryl alternative?

Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 11:46pm
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It seems that we all use Benadryl for small reactions. I realize there are non-drowsy antihistamines on the market, but are they effective as diphenhydramine for a PA reaction?

What can I carry with me that will counteract a reaction that doesn't make me sleepy?

Thanks,
Adele

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 12:38am
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My kids don't get *sleepy* when I give them Bendryl or Zyrtec(even if 2 doses are given throught the day)....I know all kids are different, but for some reason they are absolutly fine when they take either of these.
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 12:49am
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Thanks Chanda4, but Benadryl knocks me out and I need to find something I can take when I'm traveling - or driving - that won't make me drowsy.

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 1:24am
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My son takes a daily Zyrtec and my husband takes a daily Claritan. Both are non-drowsy. My husband isn't sure that the one claritin works, and when he takes two he does feel a little drowsy.
As for a reaction, I'm not sure these meds would have the same effect as Benedryl...benedryl is quite wonderful when you are really reacting!
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mom to Ari(6) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (9), mild excema
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Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 1:57am
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I always choose Zyrtec (known as "Reactine" in Canada). It is an active metabolite so the liver does not need to break down this drug in order for it to be effective so it works quite fast (although I think Benedryl is known as working the fastest).. Zyrtec works well for me (for seasonal allergies)

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 2:20am
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We use Zyrtec for daily maintenance and Benedryl for reactions.
Cathy

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 3:03am
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Sorry Adele, I guess I wasn't much help, was I!! I have taken Benedryl occasionally(for my eye swelling from the guine pig) and yes, it does knock me out too! I have no clue how my kids can take it and keep goign like nothing happened! For seasonal I take Claritin, but not sure if that would work the same during an *attack*.....Maybe someone will have a suggestion here, or maybe call the allergist?? If you find out, post, I'd love to know an alternative(for myself!) Chanda
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 3:22am
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what about atarax? I don't know how to spell it. it is probably as bad as benadryl though.
Benadryl knocks me on my rear!!!
Maybe give your dr a call and see or call your local pharmacy.

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 3:37am
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Chanda4, I hope I didn't sound like I didn't appreciate your post! I do!
I take non-drowsy antihistamines for hay fever, but I'm not sure if it works for a peanut reaction. I'll check with the pharmacist! Good idea.
Thanks,
Adele

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 3:56am
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Oh, no problem...a pharmacist, good idea!!

Posted on: Sun, 01/28/2007 - 4:07am
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I asked our pharmacist and he recommended Aerius (in Canada), it's supposed to be fast acting and long lasting (24 hours). We give it to DS when he is going to spend the night at his friends house. They have cats and DS always was getting snuffly when he went and could never spend the night.
It works well for him and no drowsiness/side effects that we have noticed. It is very expensive, but I think it's worth it.
His badminton coach takes it too for his seasonal allergies.

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