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I'm new to the group and was wondering if anyone has noticed the use of antihistamines (allegra, zyrtec, etc) exacerbating their child's compulsions/tics? My son was diagnosed last year so this is all pretty new to us still. He was occasionally shrugging his shoulders (compulsion/tic) while on zyrtec so the allergist switched him to allegra. After only 24 hours his compulsions have really increased. We're going to stop the allegra and see if it gets better. Has anyone else had an experience like this? Is there another way to treat their allergies? Thanks!

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My son first tolerated Claritin well, but on day 10 his OCD ramped up and he got hyper. For him, Benadryl worked or D-Hist Jr. Every kid is different with how they react to allergy meds. It is important to learn what is best for them and keep allergies under control as allergies can worsen symptoms as well.

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My DDs sensory and emotional sensitivity issues surface during allergy season, which is understandable when you feel horrible. No OCD per se (she doesn't have tics). But I don't like the effect any of the OTC or prescribed antihistimines have on her. We recently switched to quercetin, a supplement you can get from health food stores (look for it blended with vitamin C and/or bromolein for better absorption). She need to take it a few times a day (this is her worst month due to what's blooming), but no side effects. Something you may want to research.

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Thank you so much for your replies. We will look into the quercetin and hopefully that will help with his allergy symptoms. As I mentioned before, this is still new to us so I truly appreciate your help. It is great to have a site to ask questions and to hear from people who truly know what you're going through :) Becky

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