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Are over-the-counter medications available for rhinitis?

There are over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays that may help treat rhinitis. Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), loratadine (Claritin, Alavert), and cetirizine (Zyrtec) may help relieve runny nose and other symptoms. Decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Actifed) and phenylephrine (Synephrine) may help you breathe easier. Saline nasal sprays can help clear out mucus and irritants and soothe your nose. Sometimes OTC drugs are adequate to treat rhinitis, but if side effects are a problem or the medications simply don't work well, you should talk to your doctor about other treatment options such as prescription medications.There are over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays that may help treat rhinitis. Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), loratadine (Claritin, Alavert), and cetirizine (Zyrtec) may help relieve runny nose and other symptoms. Decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Actifed) and phenylephrine (Synephrine) may help you breathe easier. Saline nasal sprays can help clear out mucus and irritants and soothe your nose. Sometimes OTC drugs are adequate to treat rhinitis, but if side effects are a problem or the medications simply don't work well, you should talk to your doctor about other treatment options such as prescription medications.

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