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Medications for Urticaria

Other names: Hives; Wheals and Welts

Urticaria is a type of rash which is made up of wheals. (A wheal is a temporary raised area of the skin which is often itchy.) Because the rash looks like that which is caused by stinging nettles, urticaria is sometimes referred to as nettle rash.

It can also be known as hives or welts.

Drugs used to treat Urticaria

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Zyrtec 7.0 54 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: cetirizine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

cetirizine 6.6 73 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: cetirizine systemic

Brand names:  Zyrtec, Aller-Tec, All Day Allergy, All Day Allergy Children's, Aller-Tec Children's, Quzyttir …show all

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Allegra 8.7 28 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: fexofenadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Xolair 7.5 113 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: omalizumab systemic

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

fexofenadine 6.8 53 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: fexofenadine systemic

Brand names:  Allegra, Allegra ODT, Aller-Ease

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

omalizumab 7.6 147 reviews
Rx B N

Generic name: omalizumab systemic

Brand name:  Xolair

Drug class: selective immunosuppressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

loratadine 4.7 15 reviews
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Brand names:  Claritin, Alavert, Allergy Relief Tablets, Allergy Relief 24 Hour, Children's Claritin Allergy, Claritin Reditabs, ohm Allergy Relief, Tavist ND, Wal-itin …show all

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Benadryl 7.0 4 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Claritin 5.5 2 reviews
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Xyzal 7.4 44 reviews
Rx B N X

Generic name: levocetirizine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

doxepin 6.9 21 reviews
Rx N N X

Generic name: doxepin systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, tricyclic antidepressants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

levocetirizine 7.5 54 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: levocetirizine systemic

Brand name:  Xyzal

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Alavert 10 1 review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

famotidine Off-label 5.8 5 reviews
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: famotidine systemic

Drug class: H2 antagonists

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

diphenhydramine 5.8 9 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Brand names:  Benadryl, Benadryl Allergy, Banophen, Diphen, Allermax, Complete Allergy Relief, Dicopanol, Diphedryl, Dytuss, Scot-Tussin Allergy, Siladryl Allergy, Twilite, Valu-Dryl, Vanamine PD …show all

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Benadryl Allergy 4.8 5 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

promethazine 8.5 2 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: promethazine systemic

Brand names:  Phenergan, Phenadoz, Promethegan, Antinaus 50 …show all

Drug class: antihistamines, phenothiazine antiemetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

chlorpheniramine 7.0 4 reviews
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: chlorpheniramine systemic

Brand names:  Chlor-Trimeton, Aller-Chlor, Allergy Relief, C.P.M., Chlo-Amine, Chlor-Mal, ChlorTan, Ed-Chlortan, Ed ChlorPed, Ed Chlor Ped Jr., Wal-finate …show all

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

desloratadine 4.8 5 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: desloratadine systemic

Brand names:  Clarinex, Clarinex Reditabs

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Phenergan 7.0 1 review
Rx C N X

Generic name: promethazine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines, phenothiazine antiemetics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Allergy Relief Tablets Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Aller-Tec Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: cetirizine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Allergy Relief 24 Hour Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Banophen Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N X

Generic name: diphenhydramine systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics, antihistamines, anticholinergic antiemetics, anticholinergic antiparkinson agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Children's Claritin Allergy Rate Add review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: loratadine systemic

Drug class: antihistamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Topics under Urticaria

Alternative treatments for Urticaria

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Urticaria. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Urticaria.

Learn more about Urticaria

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Symptoms and treatments

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

Further information

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