Current products include the P-medicines of Allercalm, Hayleve, Piriton, Pollonase Antihistamine Tablets (chlorphenamine), Tavegil (clemastine), Benadryl Allergy Relief (acrivastine), Zirtek and Piriteze Allergy Tablets (cetirizine), plus the P / GSL drug Clarityn Allergy (loratidine
Yet, in this mix, generic loratidine
and generic omeprazole purchased on prescription are less costly for the patient or the drug plan sponsor than are Clarinex or Nexium.
Newer agents such as loratidine
and fexofenadine are less likely to cause drowsiness.
Despite the fact that the patient was removed from her work environment for > 3 years, her symptoms persisted and warranted several daily medications including a budesonide inhaler, a formoterol inhaler, loratidine
, budesonide nasal spray, omeprazole, famotidine, venlafaxine, and albuterol (as needed).
DEV M; 34 Allergic rhinitis, Oral ebastine 10 mg od allergic conjunctivitis, or loratidine
10 mg od bronchial asthma 12.
The generic equivalent of Claritin (loratidine
) sells for 50 cents or less per tablet.
These contain a non-sedating anti-histamine called loratidine
. Very rarely this can cause dry mouth, blurring of vision, constipation and impotence.
3 new generics Three prescription drugs that will have generic equivalents between now and December 2002: Name brand Generic Date of availability Prilosec Omeprazole October 2001 (anti-ulcer) Mevacor Lovastatin December 2001 (high cholesterol) Claritin Loratidine
December 2002 (antihistamine)
I don't have one particular favourite, but most of my patients take fexofenadine (Telfast - a safer version of Triludan) or loratidine
Two other nonsedating antihistamines, Zyrtec (cetirizine) and Claritin (loratidine
), also are approved for chronic urticaria.
10 mg was used as rescue medication throughout the study, when subjects considered symptoms intolerable.
Newer antihistamines (i.e., certrizine and loratidine
) have been developed to minimize drowsiness and sedation while still providing effective allergy relief.