This long sought-after result was achieved through the use of a common medication, the antihistamine clemastine fumarate
, in the preliminary study presented in April to the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
A Allergists generally recommend that older adults avoid first-generation antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), brompheniramine (Dimetapp and others), clemastine fumarate
(Tavist, Allerhist), and dexbrompheniramine (Drixoral).
A combination he turns to frequently with good success is a standard sedating antihistamine such as clemastine fumarate
(Tavist) at 1.
The new entry is the only O-T-C remedy to combine the anti-histamine clemastine fumarate
with a nasal decongestant, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, and a pain reliever.
Both relieve such symptoms as sneezing, runny nose and itchy or watery eyes and feature clemastine fumarate, the first new antihistamine offered in the nasal congestion/sinus segment in several years, according to the company.
Unlike other 12-hour O-T-C medicines, clemastine fumarate is not a time-release formula," says a spokesman for the company.