Burkhalter, Alan Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California.
Last reviewed:April 2021
- H-1 receptor antagonists
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A type of drug that inhibits the combination of histamine with histamine receptors. Antihistamine drugs are termed either H-1 or H-2 receptor antagonists, depending on which type of histamine receptor is involved. H-1 receptor antagonists are used chiefly for treating allergies (see illustration), whereas H-2 receptor antagonists are used to treat peptic ulcer disease and related conditions. See also: Allergy; Food allergy; Gastrointestinal tract disorders; Pharmacology; Ulcer
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