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Efficacy and Safety of H1-Antihistamines: An Update

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H1-antihistamines are inverse agonists that combine with and stabilize inactive conformation of H1-receptors. Thus they interfere with actions of histamine at H1-receptors. They are widely used for treatment of allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, urticaria, coughs, colds and insomnia. H1-antihistamines are classified as older ‘first generation’ and newer ‘second generation’. First generation H1-antihistamines have poor receptor H1-receptor selectivity, and cross blood-brain-barrier. They have a lot of adverse events such as anti-muscarinic, anti-α-adrenergic, anti-serotonin, and sedative effects. In contrast, second generation H1-antihistamines were highly selective for the histamine H1-receptor, do not cross the blood brain barrier, and have minimal adverse events. The risks of first-generation H1-antihistamines have been clearly underestimated, particularly when purchased as nonprescribed over the counter medications by public. This review summarizes curent literature to evaluate antihistamines including their mechanism, indications and side-effects.
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Keywords: Adverse events; allergic rhinitis; antihistamine(s); atopic dermatitis; cardiotoxicity; histamine; pharmacology; receptor; sleep; urticaria

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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