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Antihistamine Onset of Action: The Importance to the Patient

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Although some older antihistamines have a relatively slow onset of action, modern agents indicate an efficacy between 1 and 3 hours of administration. For patients who use antihistamines regularly, a short onset of action is relatively unimportant. When antihistamines are used as needed, either because of poor compliance or in accordance with emerging therapeutic guidelines, antihistamines with a short onset of action are preferable.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-03-01

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

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