Less sedating antihistamine
While fewer people experience serious sedation with the newer antihistamines, the labels on these drugs still warn people not to drive or operate machinery until you know how they affect you.
Most of the newer antihistamines need to be taken just once a day while the older ones must be taken two or more times a day because their effect wears off more quickly.
One concern is that could raise the risk for auto accidents and other incidents at home and work, although this link has not been clearly proven.
And sedation and drowsiness can still occur when taking the newer medications, especially at higher doses, although they are thought to be safer in this regard.
Several types of allergy treatments are available—allergy shots, antihistamines (pills, eye drops, and nasal sprays), cromolyn, leukotriene blockers, and nasal steroid sprays.
Avoiding substances that trigger your allergies can help, but since that is not always possible, you may reach for a medication.If you and your doctor have decided an antihistamine is appropriate for your allergy symptoms, we have selected the following as Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs based on dosing convenience, cost, effectiveness and safety: Those are all low-cost generics available in various formulations (liquid, tablet, chewables, dissolvables) without a prescription.