VERAMYST is one medicine approved to treat seasonal nasal symptoms like sneezing, itchy, stuffy, runny nose and seasonal eye symptoms like red, watery, itchy eyes.  See your family optometrist for your yearly routine eye health examination to see if VERAMYST is for you.

Remember that with all allergy medication, both prescription and OTC, there are side effects which can include eye problems such as glaucoma or cataracts. A very serious allergic reaction to these types of drugs are unlikely.

Some tips from WebMD Allergies Guide:Antihistamines have been used for years to treat allergy symptoms. They can be taken as pills, liquid, nasal spray or eye drops. Over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops can relieve red itchy eyes, while nasal sprays can be used to treat the symptoms of seasonal or year-round allergies.

Examples of antihistamines include:

Over-the-counter: BenadrylClaritin, Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetane, Zyrtec, and Tavist. Ocu-Hist is an OTC eye drop.

Prescription: Clarinex and Allegra. Astelin is a prescription nasal spray. Eye drops include Emadine and Livostin.

Decongestants relieve congestion and are often prescribed along with antihistamines. They come in nasal spray, eye drop, liquid or pill form.
Decongestants may raise blood pressure, so they are not recommended for people who have blood pressure problems or glaucoma.  Nasal spray and eye drop decongestants can be used for only a few days since long-term use can actually make symptoms worse. Pills and liquid decongestants may be taken longer safely.

Examples of decongestants include:

Over-the-counter: Zyrtec-D, Sudafed tablets or liquid, Neo-Synephrine and Afrin nasal sprays, and Visine eye drops.

Prescription: Prescription decongestants include drugs like Claritin-D and Allegra-D that combine a decongestant with another allergy medicine.
Some allergy medicines contain a combination of both an antihistamine and a decongestant to relieve multiple symptoms. There are also other combinations, such as those between an allergy medicine and asthma medicine and an antihistamine eye drop with a mast cell stabilizer drug.

Some examples of combination medicines include:

Over-the-counter: Zyrtec-D , Benadryl Allergy and Sinus, Tylenol Allergy and Zaditor.

Prescription: Allegra-D, Claritin-D, and Semprex-D for nasal allergies. Naphcon, Vasocon, Patanol and Optivar for allergic conjunctivitis.


Author: Dr. William Breen

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