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I’m a diabetic. Can I take anti-histamines?
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I’m a diabetic. Can I take anti-histamines?

2012-12-20

By François-Xavier Maher

There are numerous types of products on the market promising relief of allergy symptoms. These products, however, may contain compounds other than the anti-histamine. So when a patient suffers from a particular medical condition, like diabetes, it’s best to consult with your pharmacist, who can help you choose the most suitable product for your symptoms, while also taking into account your medical condition and pharmacological profile.

Taking 5 mg of desloratadine, in its proper dosage (i.e. one tablet, once a day), is not contra-indicated by the manufacturer for diabetes patients. Conversely, the 12-hour formula, which also contains a decongestant, is not recommended for diabetes patients. This additional ingredient could trigger a kind of glycemia and raise the patient’s blood pressure. Remember: the target blood pressure for diabetes patients is lower than the general population’s.

If you are unsure, do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist to help you choose the best medication for you.

The views expressed are solely those of the author, based on his knowledge and expertise and do not necessarily represent the views of the manufacturer.

If you think you are experiencing allergy symptoms, please consult your health care professional for a definitive diagnosis.

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what about your 24 hour tablet?

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Hi John! I hope you are doing well! «Taking 5 mg of desloratadine, in its proper dosage (i.e. one tablet, once a day)» is about Aerius® 24-hour formula, instead of the 12-hour formula which contains a decongestant. Hope that this answers your question. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need more information!

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