It’s that time of year again – spring! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and allergies are in full swing. If you’re an allergy sufferer, then you know how frustrating it can be to deal with constant sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. Thankfully there are many different antihistamine medications available to help relieve these symptoms. Two popular options on the market today are Allegra and Allegra-D. But what’s the difference between them? Let’s find out.
What Is Allegra And What Does It Do?
First things first: let’s talk about what each medication is meant to do. Allegra, also known by its generic name fexofenadine, is a second-generation antihistamine. This means that it works primarily by blocking histamine receptors in your body (rather than affecting your brain like older generation antihistamines).
Allegra is typically used to treat symptoms related to seasonal allergies such as hay fever (pollen), dust mites, pet dander etc., including:
- Runny Nose
- Watery or Itchy Eyes
It may also be prescribed for hives if they occur consistently throughout the year.
Why Is Fexofenadine Preferred Over Older Antihistamines?
Unlike first-generation allergens which come with side effects like drowsiness and dizziness, fexofenadine does not cross into your brain easily so; therefore doesn’t have those same negative side-effects.
In effect,fexofenadine has increased renown amongst patients who wish only therapeutic benefit without feeling sedated after its intake especially when planning undertaking any non-Trivial activities.
The Ingredients of Allegra-D
Now that we know what Allegra does let’s take a Look at Allegra D. This medication has the same active ingredient as regular Allegra: fexofenadine hydrochloride.
But Allegra D kicks things up a notch with the addition of pseudoephedrine, which is a decongestant.
So, What Is A Decongestant Anyway?
It helps relieve nasal congestion and inflammation (that can also lead to facial pain), particularly useful for individuals who have allergies this season.
Where Does Pseudoephedrine Come From?
Before you roll your eyes and stop reading altogether it’s worth mentioning how often people ask where faux-eps come from in many an allergy medicine.
Well! fret not, the ingredient originated from Vicks inhalers all alike Granda used stick under his nose🤨 when congested back in his Day..(It was reportedly awesome😂).
How Do They Work In Our Body?
So here’s the rundown:
Histamines are released by our body as part of an immune response due to substances like pollen, dust or pet dander amongst others.
These histamines then attach on receptive sites within cells referred to as receptors; thus causing processes such as Runny Nose ,Sneezing etc.
The routes of administration(Helps keep things simple!)
- Nasal medicamentation(e.g.,intranasal corticosteroids)
The two different variants work slightly differently than one another;
1) Fexofenadine attaches principally on H1 histamine receptor inhibiting symptoms caused when stimulated Even rhinorrhea(Runny nose) & Itching sensations disappear .😁
2)Pseudoephedrine, however is responsible for constricting the blood vessels; this limits fluid collection within sinuses therefore reducing inflammation.
Who needs Allegra-D Instead of Regular Allegra?
Given that Allegra D, contains Pseudoephedrine, it is especially helpful to those who suffer from sinus congestion beyond allergy symptoms with regular nasal decongestants not being sufficient.
However due to inevitable side effects for some individuals such as restlessness, dry mouth or rapid heart rate, pseudoephedrine comes only as a prescribed medication since March 2020- Always consult your licensed healthcare provider.
Additionally,due to its potential psychoactive properties, athlete’s have been known on occasion to use the product Although rates are high…inadvertent doping can occur if used excessively or without prescription(side-eye)!
So Which Antihistamine Should You Choose?
It all comes down to your particular set of circumstances and symptoms! For most people experiencing mild occasional allergies then plain old ALLEGRA will work;and come through as unadulterated compared to its more stuffed compadre (Easier access over-the-counter)
If you have persistent & long-standing sinus issues however,you might want opt for Allegra -D .
Generally fexofenadine also has less negative interactions with other medications than pseudoephedrine does Nonetheless the latter is often chosen when allergic rhinitis(AR) leads into sinusitis.Pseudoephedrine offers additional relief wherein thinning fluids staying in/near the sinuses could cause headaches because they tend exert pressure on nearby areas.Hey presto everyone gets what their body needs –a remedy tailored right💧!
####But Wait A Minute! Here’s What You NEED TO KEEP IN MIND
While these antihistamines clear most allergy-types question bit pertaining food intolerances remain…
Keep in mind that while either one works great at fighting allergies specifically targeting allergens thus relieving certain symptoms; they don’t react the same way with substances like Asthma or Food intolerances.
In that instance,only drugs specifically meant for those sensitivities ‘we’ mention to a licensed healthcare provider.#Staycareful
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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