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- About Alerpriv
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Alerpriv
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
What is Alerpriv?
Alerpriv is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
Alerpriv is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other cold or allergy symptoms.
Alerpriv is also used to treat skin hives and itching in people with chronic skin reactions.
Q: I have been getting a lot of sinus headaches and talked to my doctor who has me on some new mediciation for allergies. Will this medication also help with sinus headaches as well? If I take this every day, would that dry out my sinuses to much? I'm on Alerpriv.
A: Alerpriv is in a class of medications called antihistamines. Alerpriv works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance made in the body that causes allergy symptoms. Sometimes sinus headaches are caused by allergies. When allergies lead to sinus headaches, an antihistamine, like Alerpriv may be used. Dry nose and dry mouth are side effects reported in some patients who take Alerpriv; however, Alerpriv is less likely to cause these side effects compared with some other antihistamines.
What are cetirizine and Alerpriv?
Cetirizine is a non-sedating antihistamine. It is similar to other second-generation antihistamines including Alerpriv (Claritin), fexofenadine (Allegra) and azelastine (Astelin). Histamine is a chemical responsible for many of the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions such as swelling of the lining of the nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Certirizine blocks one type of receptor for histamine (the H1 receptor) and prevents activation of H1 receptor-containing cells by histamine. Unlike first generation antihistamines, cetirizine and other second-generation antihistamines do not readily enter the brain from the blood so they cause less drowsiness though cetirizine may cause more drowsiness than other second-generation antihistamines.
Alerpriv is a long-acting, non-sedating antihistamine used to treat allergies. Alerpriv blocks one type of histamine receptor (the H1 receptor) and thus prevents activation of cells with H1 receptors by histamine. Unlike some antihistamines, Alerpriv does not enter the brain from the blood and does not cause drowsiness when taken at recommended doses.
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Alerpriv is used to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hay fever (allergy to pollen, dust, or other substances in the air) and other allergies. These symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes, nose, or throat. Alerpriv is also used to treat itching and redness caused by hives. However, Alerpriv does not prevent hives or other allergic skin reactions. Alerpriv is in a class of medications called antihistamines. It works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.
Alerpriv is also available in combination with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, others). This monograph only includes information about the use of Alerpriv alone. If you are taking the Alerpriv and pseudoephedrine combination product, read the information on the package label or ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Q: I have been waking up with headaches since being put on Alavert. Should I tell my doctor?
A: Headaches are a frequently occurring, minor side effect associated with Alavert (Alerpriv) treatment. It is always a good idea to check with your health care provider if you experience bothersome side effects from a medication. Your doctor may be able to recommend a change in the time of dosage or possibly add a headache medicine to your regimen. Please consult your health care provider for further guidance in your specific case. //www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/Alerpriv Gregory Latham, RPh
While Claritin (Alerpriv) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are both classified as antihistamines, they are not the same and have significantly different characteristics and effects.
To summarize the main differences between the two:
- Benadryl is a "first-generation" antihistamine while Claritin is classified as a "second-generation" antihistamine.
- Claritin has a longer duration of action (around 24 hours) than Benadryl (around 4 to 6 hours).
- Benadryl causes more sedation and drowsiness than Claritin. Claritin is characterized as "non-drowsy".
- Benadryl has strongeranticholinergic effects than Claritin and may be more effective in treating symptoms of an allergic reaction than Claritin.
- Due to the anticholinergic effects of Benadryl, it may be more effective than Claritin in the relief of nausea, vomiting, and vertigo associated with motion sickness. Additionally, it is also used to treat mild symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Alerpriv belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines - it is an anti-allergy medicine. It stops the effects of a naturally occurring substance called histamine and this helps to relieve the symptoms of allergies such as hay fever and urticaria.
What are the uses for Alerpriv?
- Alerpriv is used for the relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of seasonal hay fever (allergic rhinitis).
- It is also used to treat patients with chronic welts (urticaria) and allergic skin rash.