Which antihistamines are preferred for the treatment of chronic urticaria in children?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Marla N Diakow, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Cetirizine and fexofenadine are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for chronic urticaria in children aged 6 months and older. Desloratadine is approved for chronic urticaria in children aged 1 year and older. Loratadine is approved for chronic urticaria in children aged 2 years and older. Levocetirizine is approved for chronic urticaria in children aged 6 years and older.

Hydroxyzine has been used to alleviate pruritus in children with atopic dermatitis and is an appropriate second-line agent in children with chronic urticaria that is refractory to nonsedating antihistamines.


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