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Can you recommend a non-drowsy Benadryl alternative?

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My kids dont get *sleepy* when I give them Bendryl or Zyrtec(even if 2 doses are given throught the day)....I know all kids are different, but for some reason they are absolutly fine when they take either of these.

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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Thanks Chanda4, but Benadryl knocks me out and I need to find something I can take when Im traveling - or driving - that wont make me drowsy.

My son takes a daily Zyrtec and my husband takes a daily Claritan. Both are non-drowsy. My husband isnt sure that the one claritin works, and when he takes two he does feel a little drowsy.

As for a reaction, Im not sure these meds would have the same effect as Benedryl...benedryl is quite wonderful when you are really reacting!
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mom to Ari(6) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (9), mild excema

[This message has been edited by thatsmetrying (edited January 28, 2007).]

I always choose Zyrtec (known as ""Reactine"" in Canada). It is an active metabolite so the liver does not need to break down this drug in order for it to be effective so it works quite fast (although I think Benedryl is known as working the fastest).. Zyrtec works well for me (for seasonal allergies)

We use Zyrtec for daily maintenance and Benedryl for reactions.

Cathy

Sorry Adele, I guess I wasnt much help, was I!! I have taken Benedryl occasionally(for my eye swelling from the guine pig) and yes, it does knock me out too! I have no clue how my kids can take it and keep goign like nothing happened! For seasonal I take Claritin, but not sure if that would work the same during an *attack*.....Maybe someone will have a suggestion here, or maybe call the allergist?? If you find out, post, Id love to know an alternative(for myself!) Chanda

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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

what about atarax? I dont know how to spell it. it is probably as bad as benadryl though.
Benadryl knocks me on my rear!!!
Maybe give your dr a call and see or call your local pharmacy.

Chanda4, I hope I didnt sound like I didnt appreciate your post! I do!

I take non-drowsy antihistamines for hay fever, but Im not sure if it works for a peanut reaction. Ill check with the pharmacist! Good idea.

Thanks,
Adele

Oh, no problem...a pharmacist, good idea!!

I asked our pharmacist and he recommended Aerius (in Canada), its supposed to be fast acting and long lasting (24 hours). We give it to DS when he is going to spend the night at his friends house. They have cats and DS always was getting snuffly when he went and could never spend the night.

It works well for him and no drowsiness/side effects that we have noticed. It is very expensive, but I think its worth it.

His badminton coach takes it too for his seasonal allergies.

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