Other Drugs That Relieve Allergies
Treating Allergies With Cromolyn SodiumCromolyn sodium (Nasalcrom®) is often used for allergy treatment. It is a nasal spray that, in some people, helps prevent allergic rhinitis from starting. It can safely stop the release of chemicals like histamine from mast cells. The drug is available over-the-counter and is used three to four times a day.
Cromolyn sodium has few side effects when used as directed and significantly helps some people manage their allergies.
Doctors often recommend this allergy medicine for children because it is extremely safe and is available without a prescription.
Decongestants Used as Allergy Medicines
In some cases, helping the nasal passages to drain away mucus will relieve allergy symptoms such as:
- Excess secretions
- Discomfort in the sinus areas.
Your doctor may recommend using oral or nasal decongestants to reduce congestion, along with an antihistamine to control allergic symptoms. Common over-the-counter decongestants include Sudafed®, Actifed®, and Drixoral®.
People with heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, or diabetes should not use decongestants unless a doctor says it's okay. If you're taking a drug containing an MAO inhibitor (sometimes used to treat depression), never use a decongestant.
You should not, however, use over-the-counter or prescription decongestant nose drops and sprays for more than a few days. When used for longer periods, these medicines can lead to even more congestion and swelling of the nasal passages. Because of recent concerns about the negative effects of decongestant sprays and drops, some have been removed from store shelves.