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Treating your allergies with OTC Drugs

Allergic rhinitis can be a problem for people year round with symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal obstructions, itchy eyes, cough, and post-nasal drip.

Besides prescription medications, many over the counter (OTC) options are available to help ease these symptoms. Below you’ll find information about the different types of OTC medications for allergies. 

Please consult with your doctor before using any of these medications as they may affect how your other medications work when taken together and can cause problems (drug interaction).

What OTC options are available to me?
Medicine Type Brand Names Use
Antihistamines Allegra, Benadryl, Clarinex, Claritin, Zyrtec Itchy rashes and eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes
Antihistamine with Decongestants Claritin-D, Allegra- D, Clarinex-D, Zyrtec-D Stuffy nose and congestion, itchy rashes and eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes
Antihistamine/decongestant/pain relief Advil cold and sinus, Comtrex Day/Night, Tylenol Allergy Sinus Headaches, stuffy nose and congestion, itchy rashes and eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes
Antihistamine Eye Drops Alaway, Visine-A, Opcon A, Naphcon A, Zaditor Itchy, red, and watery eyes
Cromolyn Sodium Nasal Spray Nasalcrom/Cromolyn Nasal Spray Itchy and runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing
Decongestant nasal Spray Flonase, Rhinocort, Nasacort Stuffy nose
Decongestants Contac, Genaphed, Sudafed, Nexafed Stuffy nose and congestion

Where can I get additional information regarding OTC medication for allergies?

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about how to take these medications, side effects, when to stop taking the medication, and how often to take them. If your symptoms don’t get better after taking OTC medications, talk to your doctor about prescription medication options.

Are these covered by my health plan?

Your health insurance plan does not over the counter medications for allergies.