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Gesundheit! Allergy Season is Here!

Although not comprehensive, the table below illustrates some of the most commonly available products from each category of allergy treatment classified as oral antihistamines, topical antihistamines, anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS and corticosteroids, and artificial tears. When using multiple eye drops, ensure drug efficacy by spacing instillation of eye drops 5 minutes apart.

Popular Allergy Therapies
 

Over-the-Counter

Prescription Required

Oral Antihistamines

Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, Benadryl

Clarinex, Palgic, Atarax

Topical Antihistamines

With Mast Cell Stabilizers: Alaway, Claritin Eye, Zaditor

With Naphazoline HCl: Opcon-A, Naphcon-A, Visine-A

Patanol, Pataday, Pazeo, Lasticraft, Bepreve, Optivar, Emadine, Livostin

NSAID drops

None

Acular, Acuvail

Corticosteroids

None

Lotemax, Alrex, Vexol, Pred Mild, Fluromethalone (FML)

Artificial Tears

Retaine, Systane, Refresh, Optive, Blink, Genteal

None