Antihistamines are commonly used in paediatric medicine mainly for the treatment of allergic conditions.
First generation antihistamines have been in use for many years, despite limited research studies supporting their use.
In fact, in many states, a person can be charged with driving-under-the-influence (DUI) if they operate a motor vehicle while taking medications such as Benadryl.
Newer, low-sedating antihistamines, such as Claritin and Zyrtec, tend to have fewer anticholinergic side effects.
Antihistamines for Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)Newer oral antihistamines, such as Xyzal (levocetirizine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Clarinex (desloratadine) and Clarinex (loratadine), are very effective therapies for the treatment of hay fever.