Taking Allergy Medication along with Bee Pollen

by Dylan Robert Terry Jones
(North Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America)

Just recently I started to suffer from allergies which have caused numerous throat and sinus infections. I've never experienced allergies to anything in my twenty years of living until last year. My general practitioner suggested taking zyrtec and mucinex d every day.

A friend of mine who had suffered from severe allergies and constant sinus infections told me that bee pollen is his golden savior. I decided to pick up a jar from a local bee keeper and am now on my second day of taking two pinches this tasty super food in the morning.

On my way to work I took my mucinex d and zyrtec and was wondering if taking an antihistamine with local bee pollen would prevent my body from building an immunity to the allergens.

Any thoughts?

Angela's Response:

Great question. First of all, I'm not a doctor or pharmacist. I can't medically advise you but only offer my thoughts. (sorry, I have to say that) Also, a pharmacist is going to know the interactions best, so I'd definitely run by him your questions. My opinion is this. You might be correct but I'm not sure. The point of taking pollens is to expose your body to the very things that are causing you to react and to gradually develop a tolerance to them. I don't think that taking an anti-histamine will interrupt this process but there is not study to say exactly how bee pollen works. Ultimately, we don't know what, if any, role histamine plays with bee pollen while it helps develop this tolerance. All we know is that it does for many people. I'm sorry that I can't give you any more insight into this but if you can find a good pharmacist who knows natural products and their interactions with pharmaceuticals, then he/she should be able to give you more guidance. Or perhaps find a local Naturopathic Doctor.

Hope that helps a bit!

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Mar 16, 2011
Thank you.
by: Dylan Robert Terry Jones

Thank you Angela.

I will definitely let you know as soon as I talk to a pharmacist about this.

In the mean time I have upped my intake of bee pollen from once a day to twice a day.

There has been no change in my allergies so far. For example, if I do not take mucinex d in the morning I still get really bad post nasal drip.

Angela's Comments:

Yes, bee pollen doesn't typically work that quickly, within days or even weeks. It takes the immune system quite a while to adapt. This is why I recommend starting with bee pollen intake as long before your allergy season as possible. I recommend several months if possible and we often see the best results in the second full allergy season you go through having taking the pollen. So keep taking it but it may take several months to really help.


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