Ch 21: Overview of Antihistamines

About This Chapter

Strengthen your knowledge of antihistamines and improve your performance in the workplace by studying these entertaining lessons. This chapter offers in-depth analyses of levocetirizine, acrivastine, chlorpheniramine and other antihistamines along with short quizzes that test your comprehension.

Overview of Antihistamines - Chapter Summary

This engaging overview is designed to quickly strengthen your knowledge of different antihistamines. Explore entertaining lessons to study loratadine, cetirizine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine and others. Our instructors can ensure you understand their uses, structure, side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Also, the lessons make it easy to grasp their similarities and differences.

Select the lessons you want to study based on your current knowledge of antihistamines. Navigate these lessons in any sequence, and visit them as often as you'd like. Any questions that arise while examining this chapter can be submitted to our experts using the Dashboard. Feel free to take multiple-choice quizzes and a practice exam to check your comprehension of the lessons.

How It Helps

This chapter helps individuals working in pharmacology and related medical fields improve their comprehension of antihistamines. Our lessons can enhance pharmacologists' study of drug effects, modes of action and interactions and reacquaint pharmacists and other medical professionals with uses, dosages, withdrawal symptoms and other pertinent details about antihistamines. No matter your goal, studying this chapter can improve your work performance in a short period of time.

Skills Covered

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain the side effects and withdrawal symptoms of cetirizine
  • Compare and contrast cetirizine with levocetirizine, loratadine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine and acrivastine
  • Discuss cetirizine's uses, structure, classification, pharmacology, drug interactions and contraindications
  • Describe loratadine's uses, drug class, interactions, dosage, side effects and withdrawal symptoms
  • Detail how loratadine differs from fexofenadine, diphenhydramine, cetirizine hydrochlorine and chlorpheniramine
  • Provide facts about the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of loratadine
  • Exhibit knowledge of loratadine's mechanism of action and half-life

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