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Hello, I have been breaking out in a skin rash;

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Question: Hello, I have been breaking out in a skin rash; and at night I can take Benedryl but during day it makes me far too sleepy. What are the "non drowsy" OTC forms that I could take?

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Answered by Dr. Prasad (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Claritin Or Zyrtec...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Benadryl contains a first generation antihistamine. This class of antihistamines are sedating. I would try second or third generation antihistamines. You can try second generation ones like claritin or zyrtec. Second and third generation antihistamine agents causes lesser / no sedation.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Brief Answer: Claritin Or Zyrtec... Detailed Answer: Hi, Benadryl contains a first generation antihistamine. This class of antihistamines are sedating. I would try second or third generation antihistamines. You can try second generation ones like claritin or zyrtec. Second and third generation antihistamine agents causes lesser / no sedation. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Regards