The Ultimate Allergy Medication Quiz
by Staff
There is relief for that nagging runny nose and annoying nasal congestion due to allergies. There are several allergy medication options, including antihistamines, decongestants, intranasal anticholinergics, intranasal corticosteriods and cromolyn sodium, to name a few. Take this quiz and learn about all of your medication options for treating allergy symptoms.

When should you take antihistamine medication?

  • before exposure to allergens
  • during exposure to allergens
  • either of the above

Traditionally, what was a common side effect of antihistamine medication?

  • nausea
  • drowsiness
  • dry and irritated throat

What is an advantage of second-generation antihistamine medication?

  • It is less likely to cause eye pressure problems.
  • It is less likely to cause blood clots.
  • It is less likely to cause headaches.

How often do you need to take second-generation antihistamine medication?

  • every four to six hours
  • every eight hours
  • every 12 to 24 hours

What are intranasal anticholinergics?

  • prescription nasal spray
  • over-the-counter nasal saline wash
  • medication to prevent nasal congestion

How do eye drops help relieve irritated eyes due to allergies?

  • It flushes out irritants from the eyes.
  • It helps protect the eye from irritants.
  • both of the above

What is cromolyn sodium?

  • a new form of antihistamine medication
  • a nonsteroidal nasal solution
  • a monthly shot that reduces allergy related symptoms

When should you take cromolyn sodium?

  • prior to exposure to allergens
  • during exposure to allergens
  • prior to and during exposure to allergens

What are the possible side effects of cromolyn sodium?

  • headaches, sneezing and nasal irritation
  • coughing, wheezing and dizziness
  • both of the above

What causes nasal congestion due to allergies?

  • more blood in the lining of the nose
  • increase in mucous
  • both of the above

When should you take decongestant medication to treat congestion due to allergies?

  • before exposure to allergens
  • during exposure to allergens
  • either of the above

What is a disadvantage of nasal decongestants?

  • You cannot use them over the long-term.
  • They are not as effective as oral decongestants.
  • They cause several side effects

Who should not take oral decongestants?

  • People with heart problems, diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Women who are nursing and people taking beta-blockers.
  • both of the above

How does decongestant medication work?

  • It narrows blood vessels.
  • It reduces blood flow to mucous membranes.
  • both of the above

What are the side effects of decongestant medication?

  • sleep problems and nervousness
  • high blood pressure and heart problems
  • both of the above

What are the symptoms of nasal rebound effect?

  • bloody nose
  • stuffed nose
  • both of the above

Which medication can interact with oral decongestants?

  • antibiotics
  • antidepressants
  • both of the above

What should you avoid drinking while taking oral decongestants?

  • coffee
  • soft drinks
  • both of the above

What are intranasal corticosteroids?

  • prescription nasal spray or drops
  • over-the-counter nasal saline wash
  • over-the-counter nasal spray

Intranasal corticosteriods:

  • relieve nasal allergy symptoms instantly
  • relieve nasal allergy symptoms within a few hours
  • take several days to reach optimal effectiveness