My daughter has had hives for 6 days now. Taking prednisone and Benadryl. The hives got better then worse. The itching is unbearable. Called back the doctor and he increased prednisone to 10 days, tapering off the last few. Added hydroxyzine and Pepcid. She needs to go to work and college classes and is afraid to go because of hives on her face and extreme itching. Tonight will be first night of hydroxyzine. 40 g of prednisone today and 1 Pepcid. Will that help her hives and itching? I hate her taking multiple prescriptions and what side effects. So far just some swelling and a little bruising but throat and breathing fine from prednisone. Worried mom. Thx
Hives and prednisone, hydroxyzine, Pepcid. How much is too much and side effects?
Question posted by Predallergy1 on 17 Sep 2018
Last updated on 18 September 2018
Sorry should be hydroxyzine
The pepcid is for stomach issues probably caused by the prednisone. Using a probiotic like Florastor helps with this as well as eating yogurt. Better for you too.
Now the hydroxyzine. This medication is just a strong allergy med that can cause skin problems itself. It is a side effect. So maybe Allegra would be a better otc choice for her as it's not as potent and won't cause the side effects.
Prednisone can cause stomach issues, anxiety, and sleeplessness.
You have to get to the bottom,of the hives. It could be anxiety, or something environmental like laundry soap, skin creams, etc. If you eliminate what you're using now, or have recently changed it, that could cause the hives.
Also using a corticosteroid cream will help tremendously. An anti itch cream will calm and soothe the skin.
There's obviously something causing this so by process of elimination you may find the problem.
I'm with you on the medication thing. Piling on meds for the symptoms isn't finding the cure. And they have side effects themselves. How about an appointment with a dermatologist? They can get to the cause quicker and stop the problem without the guessing game with multiple prescriptions.
Good luck and keep me posted.
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