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New Laws Make Finding Allergy Treatments More Difficult

New Laws Make Finding Allergy Treatments More Difficult
Pollen is​ in​ the​ air and​ a​ fierce allergy season is​ underway,​ affecting an estimated 36 million Americans with seasonal allergies. ​
Many sufferers with stuffy noses or​ watery eyes will visit their pharmacies for relief,​ but this year they may not find their familiar medications on​ store shelves.
Many states have restricted access to​ some popular overthecounter treatments for nasal congestion because they contain pseudoephedrine,​ a​ common ingredient in​ decongestant medications that has been used to​ make illegal ​Drug​s. ​

As a​ decongestant,​ pseudoephedrine is​ safe and​ effective when used as​ directed,​ but the​ state laws mean allergy sufferers may have to​ ask for these treatments at ​ the​ pharmacy counter,​ sign an official registry to​ monitor their purchases,​ or​ show photo identification before purchasing. ​
And some states also have imposed limits on​ how much medicine a​ customer can buy.
In addition to​ state laws,​ the​ president recently signed federal restrictions on​ these decongestants,​ which will eventually lead to​ national regulations for pseudoephedrine at ​ the​ pharmacy. ​

Whats an
Allergy Sufferer to​ Do?
These provisions make seeing a​ doctor even more important this season. ​
a​ physician can properly diagnose allergies and​ prescribe the​ appropriate medications to​ treat symptoms. ​
Combination antihistamine and​ decongestant treatments,​ such as​ CLARINEXD® 12 Hour desloratadine 2.5 mg/pseudoephedrine sulfate,​ USP 120 mg Extended Release Tablets,​ are available by prescription to​ help control both the​ nasal and​ nonnasal symptoms of​ allergic rhinitis,​ also called hay fever. ​
These treatments are not affected by the​ new restrictions and​ can be obtained at ​ the​ pharmacy like any other prescription medication. ​

It can be difficult for patients to​ find the​ right medication at ​ the​ pharmacy,​ with an overwhelming number of​ different options on​ the​ shelves,​ said Dr. ​
Sandra Gawchik,​ codirector of​ the​ Division of​ Allergy and​ Clinical Immunology at ​ the​ CrozerChester Medical Center in​ Upland,​ Pa. ​
Thats why its important to​ work with a​ doctor,​ who can develop a​ treatment regimen tailored for the​ needs of​ each patient.
Seasonal allergy symptoms,​ which are caused by pollen from trees and​ grass,​ may include any blend of​ nasal congestion,​ itchy or​ watery eyes,​ scratchy throat,​ a​ runny nose and​ sneezing.
My patients often say their symptoms are the​ most severe in​ the​ morning,​ and​ that nasal congestion is​ their most bothersome one,​ said Dr. ​
Gawchik. ​
For these patients,​ I ​ typically suggest an antihistamine and​ decongestant combination treatment,​ which will help alleviate their nasal congestion and​ also relieve their other symptoms. ​

Tips to​ Manage
Allergy Symptoms
Dr. ​
Gawchik recommends the​ following to​ help allergy sufferers reduce their exposure to​ pollen
• Keep your windows closed while driving or​ at ​ home.
• Change clothes or​ take a​ shower to​ remove pollen after returning from outside.
• Limit outdoor activities from 5 a.m. ​
to 10 a.m.,​ when pollen counts are typically higher.
• Visit each day to​ check your local allergy forecast.
Its impossible to​ completely avoid symptomcausing pollen,​ but you dont have to​ suffer,​ said Dr. ​
Gawchik. ​
By working with your doctor and​ taking your medication throughout the​ season,​ you can wake up each morning with your allergy symptoms under control.
Twice daily CLARINEXD® 12 HOUR desloratadine 2.5 mg and​ pseudoephedrine sulfate,​ USP 120 mg Extended Release Tablets treat the​ symptoms of​ seasonal allergies,​ including nasal congestion,​ in​ patients 12 years and​ older. ​
Due to​ its pseudoephedrine component,​ CLARINEXD® 12 HOUR Extended Release Tablets should not be taken by patients with narrowangle glaucoma abnormally high eye pressure,​ difficulty urinating,​ severe high blood pressure,​ or​ severe heart disease,​ or​ by patients who have taken a​ monoamine oxidase MAO inhibitor within the​ past fourteen 14 days. ​
Patients with high blood pressure; diabetes; heart disease; increased intraocular pressure eye pressure; thyroid,​ liver or​ kidney problems; or​ enlarged prostate should check with their healthcare provider before taking CLARINEXD® 12 HOUR Extended Release Tablets. ​
Care should be used if ​ CLARINEXD® 12 HOUR is​ taken with other antihistamines or​ decongestants because combined effects on​ the​ cardiovascular system may be harmful. ​
The most commonly reported adverse events for CLARINEXD® 12 HOUR Extended Release Tablets were,​ insomnia,​ headache,​ dry mouth,​ fatigue,​ drowsiness,​ sore throat,​ and​ dizziness.


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