Until I began looking into allergy medications for dad, I did not realize the differences. Now I understand them much better. According to the website http://www.oklahomaheart.com/blog/what-allergy-medicines-can-i-safely-take-if-i-have-heart-disease-or-high-blood-pressure#.VOSvP_nF_Ds and Dr. Wayne Leimbach, various nasal corticosteroids can be taken safely for people with significant allergies.
There are also different antihistamines that can be effective for those individuals as well. The following are antihistamines:
• Fexofenadine (Allegra)
• Cetirizine (Zyretc)
• Loratadine (Claritin)
• Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
Each of these products is effective in their own right. Some of these products may even include a decongestant. When they do, they indicate this with a letter D at the end of the name of the medication. Decongestants are what are called phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine or oxymetazoline.
While being effective, they are not good for people with high blood pressure, heart palpitations (rhythm problems), or those that suffer from severe blood vessel blockages to the heart. They can actually cause blood pressure to raise or stimulate faster heart rhythms. Doctors should approve these medications before they are taken. People with other conditions really need to be safe when crossing their meds.
So, what I understood from all of this medical jargon and such was that (just as my doctor has confirmed), it is safe for those with other heart issues to take Allegra, Zyrtec or Claritin but not Allegra-D, Zyrtec-D or Claritin-D – because of the decongestant in the latter products.
Knowing this and having it confirmed by an online source is just another way for me to show my parents, myself and my clients that With Age Comes Respect.