DrFelix is able to prescribe a range of hay fever treatments; antihistamine tablets and eye drops or steroid and antihistamine nasal sprays.
Use our convenient and secure service online to order prescription medicine without seeing your doctor face to face.
Hay fever nasal sprays such as Avamys or Dymista are used alone or coupled with antihistamine tablets and eye drops to control sneezing and runny nose.
Telfast 120mg tablets are non-drowsy anti-histamines to treat hay fever. They work really well to help prevent sneezing and blocked and runny noses.
Hay fever can be really troublesome, use our convenient service to purchase the prescription strength medicine if over the counter stuff is ineffective.
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Summary of available medications
|Loratadine 10mg||30 tablets to 90 tablets (3 months)||From £4.95|
|Cetirizine 10mg||30 tablets to 90 tablets (3 months)||From £4.95|
|Telfast 120mg||30 tablets to 90 tablets (3 months||From £11.95|
|Fexofenadine 120mg||30 tablets to 90 tablets||From £12.99|
|Fexofenadine 180mg||30 tablets to 90 tablets||From £13.99|
|Beconase Aqueous 22 gram nasal spray||1 to 3 sprays 200 doses||From £5.95|
|Avamys nasal spray||1 to 3 spray 120 doses||From £12.95|
|Rhinolast nasal spray 22 mls||1 to 3 sprays||From £19.99|
|Dymista nasal spray||1 to 2 bottles (23 grams)||From £27.50|
|Rapitil Eye Drops 5 mls (nodocromil 2%)||1 to 3 bottles||From £9.50|
|Optilast Eye Drops 8mls (Azelastine 0.05%)||1 to 2 bottles||From £12.50|
|Loratadine 10mg||30 tablets (1 month)||£4.95|
|Loratadine 10mg||60 tablets (2 months)||£6.50|
|Loratadine 10mg||90 tablets (3 months)||£7.95|
|Cetirizine 10mg||30 tablets (1 month)||£4.95|
|Cetirizine 10mg||60 tablets (2 months)||£6.50|
|Cetirizine 10mg||90 tablets (3 months)||£7.95|
|Telfast 120mg||30 tablets (1 month)||£11.95|
|Telfast 120mg||60 tablets (2 months)||£18.95|
|Telfast 120mg||90 tablets (3 months)||£24.95|
|Fexofenadine 120mg||30 tablets (1 month)||£12.99|
|Fexofenadine 120mg||60 tablets (2 months)||£22.99|
|Fexofenadine 120mg||90 tablets (3 months)||£30.99|
|Fexofenadine 180mg||30 tablets (1 month)||£13.99|
|Fexofenadine 180mg||60 tablets (2 months)||£24.99|
|Fexofenadine 180mg||90 tablets (3 months)||£32.99|
|Beconase Aqueous 22 gram nasal spray||1 spray 200 doses||£5.95|
|Beconase Aqueous 22 gram nasal spray||2 sprays each 200 doses||£10.50|
|Beconase Aqueous 22 gram nasal spray||3 sprays each 200 doses||£12.95|
|Avamys nasal spray||1 spray 120 doses||£12.95|
|Avamys nasal spray||2 sprays each 120 doses||£19.50|
|Avamys nasal spray||3 sprays each 120 doses||£28.95|
|Rhinolast nasal spray 22 mls||1 spray||£19.99|
|Rhinolast nasal spray 22 mls||2 sprays||£34.99|
|Rhinolast nasal spray 22 mls||3 sprays||£49.99|
|Dymista nasal spray||One bottle (23 grams)||£27.50|
|Dymista nasal spray||Two bottles (23 grams x 2)||£48.95|
|Rapitil Eye Drops 5 mls (nodocromil 2%)||1 bottle 5mls||£9.50|
|Rapitil Eye Drops 5 mls (nodocromil 2%)||2 bottles of 5mls||£15.95|
|Rapitil Eye Drops 5 mls (nodocromil 2%)||3 bottles of 5mls||£21.95|
|Optilast Eye Drops 8mls (Azelastine 0.05%)||1 bottle 8mls||£12.50|
|Optilast Eye Drops 8mls (Azelastine 0.05%)||2 bottles of 8mls||£19.50|
What is Hay Fever?Hay fever is the term used to describe an allergy to pollen affecting the nose, sinus, throat and eyes. The most common symptoms of hay fever include a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, watery eyes and sinus pressure. More severe symptoms such as headache, itching throat and wheezing are also associated with the condition.
What causes hay fever?Hay fever arises when there are high levels of pollen in the air which trigger an allergic reaction in individuals suffering from the condition. This usually occurs between March and November in the UK, although it is mostly associated with being a summer illness.
How can I prevent hay fever?Hay fever can be managed by monitoring pollen forecasts to reduce exposure to pollen by keeping car and home windows closed, wearing sunglasses outside and not drying your clothes outdoors.
Antihistamines and AlcoholThe consumption of first-generation antihistamines and alcohol is not advised, as alcohol can increase side-effects of drowsiness and fatigue. First-generation antihistamines include: Brompheniramine (Dimetapp Cold and Allergy Elixir), Chloropheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl Allergy, Nytol, Sominex) and Doxylamine (Vicks, NyQuil, Alka-Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine). Second-generation antihistamines are not affected by alcohol. These include: Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin), Cetirizine (Zyrtec) and Fexofenadine (Allegra).
Can You Take Antihistamines When Pregnant?A common query is can you take antihistamines when pregnant? Generally, all medications without clear medical need should be avoided during pregnancy. If you feel the need to take antihistamines in pregnancy you will likely be prescribed nasal spray or eye drops before an oral medication. Oral antihistamines, such as loratadine or cetirizine may be prescribed in some cases, as they are not believe to have an effect upon the baby. In addition, Chlorphenamine may be prescribed for use during pregnancy, but not if close to due date, because it can cause tremor or increased irritability in the baby when born.
Treatment options for hay fever
Although there is no cure, hay fever can be effectively treated and managed using antihistamine tablets, nasal sprays or eye drops.
Antihistamines treat hay fever by relieving the associated symptoms, such as sneezing, blocked or runny nose and watery eyes. They can also prevent hay fever occurring by blocking the histamines which are produced when pollen is encountered. Antihistamine tablets should be taken daily to prevent symptoms arising if you suffer from the condition. Types of antihistamines currently available include Cetirizine, Loratadine and Telfast.
Nasal sprays are used to reduce sneezing and treat a runny nose. They can be used in combination with tablets or eye drops to treat hay fever more effectively. Avamys and Beconase are steroid nasal sprays which should be used daily for a maximum of 12 weeks. Rhinolast is a fast-working antihistamine nasal spray which can be used whenever required for a maximum of 12 weeks. Dymista contains both an antihistamine and steroid ingredient to treat more severe symptoms of hay fever.
Eye drops are used to treat runny eyes or pain in the eyes resulting from hay fever. These can also be used in combination with tablets or a nasal spray to treat the symptoms of hay fever more effectively. Rapitil and Optilast are antihistamine eye drops which can be used for a maximum of 12 weeks.
Dr Felix offers the following medicine for hay fever:
1. Loratadine 10mg
2. Cetirizine 10mg
3. Telfast 120mg
4. Beconase Aqueous 22 gram nasal spray
5. Avamys nasal spray
6. Rhinolast nasal spray 22mls
7. Dymista nasal spray
8. Rapitil Eye Drops 5 mls (nodocromil 2%)
9. Optilast Eye Drops 8mls (Azelastine 0.05%)
Side Effects of Antihistamines
Common side effects of antihistamines are drowsiness, headaches, psychomotor impairment (slowing of thoughts and movements), urinary retention, dry mouth, blurred vision and digestive disturbances.
Other rare side effects include low blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms (palpitations, arrhythmia), movement disorders, dizziness, confusion, depression, sleep disturbances, tremors, convulsions, hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. autoimmunity and allergies), blood disorders, liver problems, eye problems (angle-closure glaucoma).