Antihistamines in the treatment of asthma

Alnoor Malick, J. Andrew Grant

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Antihistamines were investigated for use in asthma shortly after discovery over fifty years ago. Earlier compounds proved ineffective because of side effects: this class of drugs was not thought useful for asthma, and were actually considered contraindicated. More recent drugs have greater potency, fewer side-effects, and no evidence of adverse effects in asthma. There are some studies showing second generation antihistamines, especially cetirizine, improve certain parameters of asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-66
Number of pages12
JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue numberSUPPL. 34
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Adverse
  • Antihistamines
  • Asthma
  • Histamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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