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anti-histamine medications are in a different category than benzodiazepines and are much better at decreasing allergy symptoms.
there are older antihistamines such as benadryl (diphenhydramine) and newer antihistamines such as allegra, zyrtec, or claritin which can help with hayfever and allergy symptoms.
also steroid nasal sprays such as nasonex and flonase and nasocort are safe to use in children as well and have limited side effects
I am sorry your GP doctor has not been professional.
you might need to find a new GP doctor
let me know if you have questions.
Thank you for your reply, I know that anti histamines are in a different category than benzodiazepines however what i meant was that when my daughter has a benzo her respiratory system goes into arrest so I am nervous at giving her any meds that may have any sedative effect in them incase it may have the same response?
I have also heard lots of other people who have Epilepsy who have increased seizure activity when taking any form of hayfever relief? I know that everyone is different but because of the complexity of my daughters seizures I am more cautious before I try anything
older benzos like benadryl have minimal side effects of causing drowsiness.
they do not cause strong sedation like benzos.
patients who have epilepsy have a higher rate of seizure activity if no medications are taken.
would the combination of a hayfever med and an epilepsy med cause a reaction to affect a seizure?
antihistamines and allery medications can be used and tried if she has symptoms of hay fever and allergies.
sorry, you just answered my question...
they are safe in patients who have epilepsy
but she needs to continue her epilepsy treatments and keppra.
the combintation of these medications will not cause a seizure.
I hope she feels better.
do you have any other questions?
would topical treatments such as nasal sprays or eye drops be any less of a risk of seizures?
they would be just as safe as antihistamine medications.
Also, sorry, one last question, which hayfever med would you reccommend either nhs or privately?
you can start there with steroid nasal sprays and steroid eye drops to see if they help her symptoms.
it sounds like you are very scared of trying an antihistamine
it is safe for her to try over the counter pediatric benadryl at night time
I am scared, I've nearly lost my daughter twice now because of her seizures, im scared to give her anything..:-(
or pediatric allegra or claritin or zyrtec
I am sorry
Thank you so much, you have put my mind at rest more than my GP did...thank you ...
you are welcome
best of luck to you and her
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