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allergy meds, question 

Are there any stronger otc antihistamines than Cetirizin?

I think it doesn't cut it for me right now :/

allergy meds, question 

@dysphoricunicorn I think it's more about how your body reacts to the specific substance of the specific generation rather than strength?
E.g. I know people who have a better experience with suprastin over cetirizin, but it only makes me sleepy

allergy meds, question 

@IngaLovinde it usually works really well for me and doesn't induce sleepiness at all. It's just that since I arrived in Karlsruhe, I've been having allergy reactions even though I'm taking a higher dose than usually

allergy meds, question 

@dysphoricunicorn you mean suprastin? (cetirizin is not supposed to induce sleepiness afaik)

allergy meds, question 

@IngaLovinde no, Cetirizin.

In low doses it should not induce sleepiness since it's a generation 2 antihistamine, which means it doesn't pass the blood brain barrier, but for some people it still does

allergy meds, question 

@IngaLovinde I've also got a generation 1 antihistamine here but that's an anxiety med that one must not combine with other antihistames :/

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@dysphoricunicorn I didn't know it depends on the dose. In fact I didn't even know you can take a higher dose; I thought that cetirizin either works completely (in its standard 10mg dosage) or doesn't work at all and if it doesn't work for someone, increasing the dose won't help...

re: allergy meds, question 

@IngaLovinde I'm usually taking half the dose that is recommended for adults, and I only take one a day, yesterday I took three, each after the last one had worn off and they all helped after a bit.

I'd just like to have something that lasts the entire night and won't make me wake up with an itchy face 🙃

re: allergy meds, question 

@dysphoricunicorn for me it starts to work about 30 minutes after intake, and lasts for 36-48 hours. Sounds like it just (almost) does not work for you now :blobcatthinking:

re: allergy meds, question 

@IngaLovinde @dysphoricunicorn ceterizin has a half life of 9-10 hours so i'd guess taking it twice a day would make more sense than taking the double dose once

it worked well for me at least

allergy meds, question 

@dysphoricunicorn (I mean maybe it makes sense to just try other ones, especially of the other generations, and see if any of them will work for you?)

allergy meds, question 

@dysphoricunicorn
i had really good experiences with ebastin

allergy meds, question 

@dysphoricunicorn @LittleFox If you‘re having trouble with the nose, there‘s Mometasonfuroat nose spray. Desloratadin as pills also works well for me, unsure if it‘s technically „stronger“. Both are OTC.

allergy meds, question 

@manawyrm @dysphoricunicorn @LittleFox Desloratadin here too, Citrizin made me really sleepy

allergy meds, question 

@dysphoricunicorn Levoceterizin works well for me. Another bonus: it makes you less tired.

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