Anti histamines are not cheap but there are other brands that are affordable and equally effective. Cetirizine is one of them. It has the common side effects of drowsiness and also not good with alcohol – but that’s normal. Otherwise, Cetitizine is recommended to those people with allergies:
Cetirizine is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose. It is used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or runny nose. http://www.drugs.com/cetirizine-hcl.html
Although Cetirizine is generally safe to take, it is not for pregnant women. Unborn fetus can be affected with it through breast feeding – but it is not certain that its ingredients are harmful to the fetus. Just let your doctor know of any other conditions you may be in or experiencing for proper diagnosis.
Antihistamines can give immediate relief for symptoms of allergies – but what can you do if you are allergic to alcohol? Alcohol combined with Antihistamines can have serious reactions that can cause accidents. To mention a few, severe drowsiness, disorientation and liver damages are bad enough. Read this article for clarification:
Antihistamines are medications that counteract the effect of the natural chemical histamine.
Histamine is a vasoactive chemical. This means it has an effect on small blood vessels, resulting in dilated capillaries (redness), and leakage of protein-rich fluid into surrounding skin (swelling). Histamine affects nearby nerves resulting in itching. Histamine is stored in granules within mast cells together with other vasoactive chemicals. http://dermnetnz.org/treatments/antihistamines.html
Bearing a bit of discomforts when you happen to have allergic reactions after drinking some alcohol is better – than taking antihistamines at once and suffer the consequences of experiencing serious accidents. Don’t worry, when you are a bit drowsy due to alcohol intake, the allergic symptoms will not be that intense anymore. Just relax for a while or make yourself busy and before you know it, allergies are gone!