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Calling all corners for antihistimine recommendations.
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Date: 4/16/12 8:30 PM

A little bit of boring background. When I have an allergic reaction it is never boring. Some allergens trigger an anaphylactic reaction.

I have had such a long sweet honeymoon with the last of my hoarded melt in the month antihistamine strips. I believe they work so well because it delivers the antihistamine right where I usually react. I read of others that found them helpful too.

Okay, now they are gone. The major brand, the pink B brand (I don't know what is appropriate here) has discontinued a lot of products. I need a replacement. The same B (only blue there instead of pink) brand has a product in the UK called 'clip strips'.

I cannot pull information or a good enough product picture to know if it is the actual med that is the strip that melts in the mouth or if it is some other sort of catchy description just to get people to buy the product.

Can anyone check on the UK blue B brand and give me a better description of what the product form is of this 'clip strip' item?

Swallowing a pill is not fast enough. Those of you that deal with this, or have children with these problems, have you found anything that works before you get to the epipen stage? I desperately need a replacement 'soak in at the source' (melt in the mouth) type antihistamine.

How do you choose your doctors for this? My family doctor does not want to prescribe Epiphens. She said it doesn't happen often enough!!! We both agree that the pink B brand strips that are no longer available have been nothing short of miraculous for me, but it is no longer an option. I pointed out that both major episodes were out of town, one in a tiny no hospital town. Last week wasn't pretty. She also has a very valid concern over my harsh reactions to many standard medications. But, even if my family doctor were to cooperate, I think it is time for a specialist.

An allergist? A pulmonary specialist? My lungs don't close, it is the space above them.


blue B brand

Okay, I pulled up a better picture. So, it looks like a capsule, but it looks like it says it is active in 15 minutes. Please let me know if you see this in your pharmacy are have access to better information that tells if it is made to melt in the mouth or swallow.

Thank you so very much. Last weeks episode would most likely have been quickly in check had I had that last element in hand.

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Date: 4/16/12 8:46 PM

The package states capsules. I would get second opinion from another doctor.

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Date: 4/16/12 8:48 PM

There is liquid Benadryl, would that help? Also, I think they sell childrens strips, could you use, say, two of them to get the same amount of medicine?

Just by my quick google search, you're not alone as these things seem to be popular. Perhaps there is a problem with them or something, because it appears that Sudafed discontinued theirs as well. Did you try writing customer service for Benadryl?

Are you on facebook? There is a page for that! Bring back quick strips!

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Date: 4/16/12 8:52 PM

My reactions also tend to be anaphylactic (to the point that as an adult in my 30s having the scratch test for the first time, they had to stop before half way completed and administer epinephrin because I was going into anaphylactic shock). I simply carry a small bottle of the children's pink liquid Bnnnnnnn. It was temporarily not available so I bought the store brand but see it is now on the shelves or was when I was in the Carolinas recently.

The liquid goes into your system very quickly and can help enough to even avoid a trip to an ER if taken in time. My doctor insists that I carry an epipen even though I only use it maybe every 2-3 years, it is worth my having it and getting a fresh one annually. When I travel out of the country or to a national park, I take 2 with me. My life is worth the precaution. We were on a cruise in the Bering Sea and the waiter forgot to inform our table of a change in a ravioli appetizer which I ordered, and chewing realized the texture was not what it should have been....

My nephew's dad is an ER MD and told my sister to always have that pink liquid antihistamine in her diaper bag/kiddie care bag when their son was little. Now my nephew always has a small bottle with him too. My nephew is 30 yr old now.

While I prefer the brand name product, I find that the various store versions work well too.
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Date: 4/16/12 8:54 PM

Can you check on the website of the government organisation that reisters medicines in UK (here in NZ that would be medsafe)and search for the active ingredient that you want. there maybe other trade named products containing the active ingredient that you dont know about.

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Date: 4/16/12 9:02 PM

Kiddo, you need an allergist! The expertise that a trained allergist brings to diagnosing the cause of an allergic response, to say nothing of treating it, is astonishing. When complicated and dangerous reactions are an issue--as apparently in your case--patients need a way higher level of training than your average GP has (and the proof is your doc's unwillingness to provide an EpiPen to a patient who has experienced anaphylaxis. Good grief!). Immunology is serious business.

Allergies run in our family. There used to be months at a time when I could not breath well because something or other was always pollenating. My allergist skin tested me specifically on a large number of allergens common in our area (not just a few vials in a generalized 'kit' that most GPs buy), and successfully desensitized me. I would bet that many posters here have experienced the same thing.

Our son when young had an anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. The kid was gradually 'desensitized' to bee venom as described
here, and his reactions are now essentially normal. He has been advised he no longer even needs an EpiPen.

I give my allergist enormous credit for being able to handle complicated health issues.

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Date: 4/16/12 9:07 PM

http://www.thefind.com/beauty/browse-benadryl-allergy-quick-dissolve-strips

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Date: 4/16/12 9:11 PM

Yes - - liquid. I have anaphylaxis from peanut. Another tip is to carry chewable vitamin C as vitamin C has a strong antihistaminic action on the body. I don't use vitamin C in place of the brand name B antihistamine (I know just what brand you mean) but I use it in conjunction with the antihistamine. It's always worked and I've never yet used an epipen. (Btw...did you happen to contact that brand B company and ask them why they are discontinuing it, with your reasons for why it is needed? Plus if you have an allergist, s/he could professionally say the same thing. I have a regular visit coming up with mine in a couple weeks and I'll be sure to mention this and ask.) I'm sorry for the stress it's caused- I know, anaphylaxis is nothing if not highly serious.

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Date: 4/16/12 9:14 PM

Elona - allergy shots don't always work....I have multiple allergies, and we tried the shots...even on a low concentration, I had reactions to them. Not to the point of needing an Epi-pen, but to where the injection sites would get large and swollen and red and itchy....after 3 months, it was decided to discontinue the shots because I'd lived with them all my life and the shots were causing more discomfort than living with the allergies.

Some people just can't get those treatments and have to keep the medicines that work on hand at all times....I carry Advil cold and Sinus and Advil migraine because they tend to work really fast for me...get rid of the headache and stuffiness and I can function after taking them

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Date: 4/16/12 9:30 PM

Quote: Elona
I would bet that many posters here have experienced the same thing.




Yes, several in my family. I have a relative in his 60's getting allergy shots and for the first time in who knows how long, doesn't need to "notice" pollen season - wow!

edited: I thought of something I ought to mention, though. At first, they are weekly shots. They taper off to every-other-week. Then they become monthly, and continue monthly for about 2-3 years. So that's the downside to them, there's a hefty time commitment. But an allergist can tell if they're worth it (or, like the poster above, can tell when they're really not providing enough benefit).

Again, I'm sorry for the scare and the worry.

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