Why You Should Talk to a Doctor Before Taking OTC Allergy Meds

You go into the local drug store, find the aisle with allergy medicine, and become overwhelmed with choices. There are several brands, and each brand has several formulas. Different brands use different active ingredients as well, so they are not all the same. 

Why You Should Talk to a Doctor Before Taking OTC Allergy Meds

Most people have no idea which allergy medicine they should take. Some attempt to find a solution through trial and error, but this can be risky. You should really talk to a doctor before taking any over-the-counter allergy meds.

Medication Interactions

A lot of medications can interact with certain allergy medications. Your doctor will be in the best position to tell you if allergy medicine is possible with your current medications and, if so, which active ingredient is appropriate and won’t cause interactions.

Chronic or Ongoing Medical Conditions

Some medical conditions may also prevent you from taking certain medications, including some allergy meds. Talk to the specialists that handle these conditions to make sure that they know what you want to take and why.

It May Not Be Allergies

What if your symptoms aren’t allergies at all? You would be taking the wrong medicine, and you could be risking side effects or other complications. Some of the symptoms of allergies are also symptoms of other respiratory illnesses, including the new coronavirus. Before taking any over-the-counter medication for your symptoms, you should see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.

There May Be a Better Solution

Everyone is different, and not all options work for everyone. Depending on your medical history, current medical treatment, and other factors, your doctor may feel that a prescription medication or alternative treatment is best. 

You should never make medical decisions on your own if you are not 100 percent sure of your diagnosis and treatment options. If you believe you have allergy symptoms, contact us today for an appointment.