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General Category => Skin Complaints and Skin Disorders => Eczema Board => Topic started by: AEC on Wednesday November 04, 2009, 03:04:10 PM

Title: The anti-histamine thread (what are you all taking?)
Post by: AEC on Wednesday November 04, 2009, 03:04:10 PM
Probably, if not, all eczema sufferers have some anti-histamines at their disposal. Although there are manny different brands of anti-histamines in the market, they all have the same function in our eyes; to stop that bloody itch! To further iterate on anti-histamines, I shall repost what I have posted in another thread.

I posted here because I want to share with you what I have found out recently on anti-histamines. Apparently anti-histamines have no major side effects (if any at all). However, pharmacist and my dermatologist told me that based on their past experiences, heavy continuous intake of anti-histamines causes your body to 'work around it'. This means that after awhile, you may have to consume more dosage (e.g. 2 tablets, higher concentration, etc) of anti-histamines.

If this trend continues, you will come to a point where your body will end up not reacting to the consumed anti-histamines at all. This is when the dermatologist would prescribe a different brand of anti-histamines, hoping your body would react to it. My dermatologist have informed me that he has a middle-aged patient who has been prescribed ALL the brands of anti-histamine found in the local market as the years go by since he kept developing an 'immunity' against the anti-histamines given. I've been told that the patient is now being fed by any new anti-histamine brands as soon as it hit the market.

To put it simply, since there are no major side effects from consuming anti-histamines, it is probably wise of us to start knowing what kind of anti-histamine brands are out there in the market. So, what anti-histamines are you taking? To start things off, I shall list out my prescription. It is appreciated if you guys/girls can follow my format. :)

Currently taking
Day: 10mg Cetrizin STADA
Dosage: 1 tablet
Drowsy: No
Note: It now takes longer to come into effect. On certain ocassions, it is barely showing any effects at all.

Night: 2mg Polaramine
Dosage: 2 tablets
Drowsy: Yes
Note: -

Taken before
Night: 4mg Horamine (Piriton)
Dosage: 1 tablet.
Drowsy: Yes
Note: Increased to 2 tablets before shifting to polaramine recently.

*My anti-histamine program are to take only when needed

*Note: Posts in this thread by no means guarantee that the anti-histamines taken will 'work on you'. I will reiterate that this thread is just meant for information(s) on anti-histamines. Eczema is a very 'personalised condition'. Every body reacts differently to it. Since I am not a doctor, I strongly recommend to consult your dermatologist before consuming any of the said anti-histamines written on this thread as I will not take responsibility for any outcomes whether good or bad.
Title: Re: The anti-histamine thread (what are you all taking?)
Post by: Dapper on Wednesday November 11, 2009, 06:03:14 AM
I've never had much benefit from anti-histamines, except for benadryl.  Especially if I am having some sudden intense itching problem, as if I ate something I was allergic to, or my skin was exposed to some bad environmental allergen, then I will take a couple benadryl and they usually help a lot for the next 12 hours or whatever, but they also knock me out unfortunately.  Just taking one benadryl will cause less drowsiness and sometimes still helps me a little bit.
Title: Re: The anti-histamine thread (what are you all taking?)
Post by: ASLipscombe on Monday February 01, 2010, 08:53:30 AM
I'm currantly on Citirazine which is helping but i'm trying to cut down my use so that what you've described doesn't happen (was previously on 3 per day now on 1). but was prescribed piriton during a sudden flare up the summer before last.