Antihistamine



any of certain compounds or medicines that neutralize or inhibit the effect of in the body, used chiefly in the treatment of allergic disorders and colds.
Contemporary Examples

Elvis also had the painkillers morphine and Demerol; tranquilizers Placidyl and Valium; and Chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine.
Elvis’s Doctor Speaks Gerald Posner August 13, 2009

“He gave me a blue pill, which he said was an antihistamine,” said Chelan.
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And, Zyrtec, an antihistamine, was the highest grossing nonfood of 2008, coming in at $316 million in sales.
Blame Climate Change for Your Terrible Seasonal Allergies Kent Sepkowitz May 13, 2014

noun
any drug that neutralizes the effects of histamine, used esp in the treatment of allergies
n.

1933, from anti- + histamine.

antihistamine an·ti·his·ta·mine (ān’tē-hĭs’tə-mēn’, -mĭn)
n.
Any of several drugs used to counteract the physiological effects of histamine.
an’ti·his’ta·mine’ adj.
antihistamine
(ān’tē-hĭs’tə-mēn’)
Any of various drugs that relieve cold or allergy symptoms by blocking the action of histamine.

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