It’s very important for everybody, especially parents, to know that certain antihistamines are as addictive as recreational drugs. They are also able to produce crippling withdrawal effects that can lead to uncontrolled allergy symptoms due to excess production of histamine in the blood.
There are actually some very effective natural antihistamine withdrawal treatments that can aid your well-being while trying to stop being dependent on drugs. These supplements will either act as natural antihistamines to bring histamine down to a normal level whilst withdrawing, or lessen the effects of the withdrawal due to lack of the drug.
Which Antihistamine are Most Addictive?
According to research done in 2016, there have been a dozen cases of severe withdrawal symptoms after taking OTC levocetirizine. Apparently, these eleven women and one man have been using these medications from 6 months to 3 years. After stopping medication with xyzal completely, they all had severe pruritus (itching) and other allergy symptoms.
The subjects had tried to stop their addiction to this new OTC drug, but they always had to give in because the withdrawal symptoms were unbearable. The researchers at NCBI tried tapering these people off while giving them steroids to avoid withdrawal physically.
We also know that diphenhydramine (Benadryl) causes a dependency as well. Not only that, it will cause nervous system damage when taken chronically. This first-generation allergy medication also causes these uncomfortable short-term symptoms:
- Dull vision
When you try to stop taking Benadryl cold turkey, you will have trouble sleeping, allergy symptoms, and trouble concentrating.
Extensive claims highly suggest that these medications also cause a dependency:
- Loratadine (Claritin)
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec) – My experience
- Steroid nasal sprays. These have proven to produce stimulant chemicals in the brain, like coaine or caffeine. Many people are dependent on this stuff and it is truly difficult to stop taking them when addicted.
But WebMD says antihistamines are not addictive!
WebMD does not provide accurate health information. Their claims are sometimes very false and vague in a way that it isn’t even an expert response.
An MD contributor Paul Enright has posted on WebMD that antihistamines aren’t addictive because no matter how long you take antihistamines, even if you quit cold turkey, your body won’t be any more allergic to things.
He then says this little gem:
“If you get rid of the windshield on your car, bugs will again hit your face. If you then replace the windshield, it won’t remove the bugs already in your eye. Does this mean that you are “addicted” to the windshield?”
Do you see how “experts” and doctors on the media can sound like a load of crap?
The truth is that TV doctors and even local doctors are influenced by the pharmaceutical companies to promote the health benefits of antihistamines. However, many have claimed that antihistamines have made their allergies uncontrollable?
These doctors are paid tens of thousands from insurance companies by prescribing antihistamines. If he told you the truth (that it’s your diet and lifestyle), he wouldn’t be prescribing anything and wouldn’t be making any money!
The exact same can be said for antibiotics abuse. The over-prescribing of these drugs are bringing an end to the miracle of modern medicine.
Once your online doctor provides some sources to back his claims from a relevant study that accurately supports his claim, then we will consider if antihistamines are safe.
How I Got Through Antihistamine Withdrawal
If you are among the millions that are addicted to antihistamine drugs right now, you might be thinking that your finances are being sucked out of you by the pharmaceutical companies.
And you’d be right!
I was in that spot a few years back when my food and seasonal allergies were unbearable. It was often very necessary for me to take an antihistamine, or else I would be blowing my nose to no end, sneezing, looking horrible, yeah.
It was embarrassing.
I tried each OTC antihistamine that was available at the time. It seemed that cetirizine (Zyrtec) was the most effective for my allergy symptoms, especially during the Fall and Spring.
However, I would be disappointed to know that this is an allergy drug that makes users suffer when they quit. I can vouch from experience that Zyrtec has some serious addictive potentials. My use of this drug lasted around 5 months and I cannot imagine the pain from taking it for years like some people have.
Eventually, it occurred to me that I didn’t want to be addicted to this drug (I was also dependent on a store-brand nasal spray), so I tried learning about the core and cause of antihistamine dependency and withdrawal and what it really means. I tried a few things like ginger tea and saline nasal spray, but I still felt like garbage.
I knew there had to be something out there that could help nourish me and get me through the withdrawal.
Natural Antihistamine Withdrawal Treatment
Quercetin is the most effective natural histamine that has been discovered in nature. If you are suffering from the withdrawal of antihistamines, then organic quercetin will decrease the amount of histamine in your blood, while not affecting your brain harmfully. It can definitely help you get through your withdrawal phase.
MSM is a nutrient that is found in the cells of all plants, animals, and insects. At this time, our soils are undergoing a change due to the overuse of agricultural chemicals and physical practices. Therefore, some minerals like sulfur are not available from our food supply. MSM is the biological form of sulfur that is found in our bodies. Once you take one dose, you’ll feel a world of difference.
MSM crystals can get you through withdrawal because once MSM is in your bloodstream, it eliminates all allergic reactions in your blood and reduces inflammation for 12 hours. A dose is so small, tasteless and inexpensive while working so well for allergies. After the withdrawal phase, you can continue using MSM crystals for their wonderful range of health benefits.
Read more about sulfur and MSM deficiency here.
Enzymes are extremely complex molecules made from nutrients in the food you eat. Your pancreas makes the most of these enzymes for breaking down of food and other chemicals. It’s important to know that many people are deficient in enzymes because they don’t have proper nutrirition. Sometimes, your diet and lifestyle may make you deficient in a valuable nutrient, like sulfur from above.
When you are deficient in enzymes, you will have trouble with digestion, and practically every other cellular process. These enzymes are important for detoxification and cellular energy as well. If you have sluggishness, trouble thinking, and slow digestion, then this may be your problem. You should try digestive enzymes as a supplement in food form. These are most effective and inexpensive.
Some people ask do digestive enzymes really work?
Bottom Line: These drugs change your brain / Taper off the drugs
If you take antihistamines regularly, then there may be a serious problem with your health. Antihistamines pills and nasal sprays can change the brain to produce a reward just like recreational drugs and alcohol do.
It’s very understandable that the withdrawal process is very painful, but thing always get worse before they get better in regards to health. If you are suffering from antihistamine dependency, then I suggest that you start tapering off and you try one of the methods that I have used for my severe withdrawal to cetirizine and nasal sprays.
Please let me know how they worked for you if you already tried them!
If you have a question or something to add about natural antihistamine withdrawal treatment , please let me know it in the comments! Also, if you have tried quitting antihistamines, let us know your story and try to help each other deal with life naturally again.
The world is a much better feeling place when you are not addicted to a substance.
I am always here for you,