Recommended anti-histamines for year-round allergy sufferer?
October 21, 2012 9:47 PM Subscribe
Allergy filter: I have year-round allergies. Loratadine works wonders for me, but I develop an immunity in about a month or so. Which other non-drowsy antihistamines would you recommend?
posted by Hawk V to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I believe I've read and re-read all the allergy posts here on Metafilter, and they've helped me manage my allergies. I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to cats and dust, not sure what else. I do have a test coming up, but it's not for a while.
So what seems to work out well for me is a daily low dose of Nasonex + 10 mg of Loratadine. Loratadine takes away the brutal post-nasal drip and eases the irritated throat (although I still often take cough drops and must watch humidify levels). Nasonex keeps the nasal passages open and clear, although I still have to sleep upright because it feels like my nasal passages like they're collapsing each other if I sleep in a completely flat position. I don't have sleep apnea, but nasal problems and sleep apnea runs in my family.
The last time I developed an immunity to Loratadine, I tried 10 mg Reactine (Zyrtec for you Yanks), but I found it ineffective. Should I up my dosage next time of Reactine and see, or should I try Allegra, or another OTC anti-histamines? I know it's really all trial and error, but they're not cheap, and money's a bit tight. So I'd like to streamline this process as much as possible. I'd like to hear your anti-histamine recommendations!
(And my question is specific to anti-histamines. I have the other parts of allergy management down: cleaning like a maniac, no carpets, Neti pot, etc.)