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Table 4 Important factors when selecting the most suitable second-generation antihistamine

From: Selecting optimal second-generation antihistamines for allergic rhinitis and urticaria in Asia

  Most important Least important
Efficacy and safety 9 1    
Lack of sedation 6 4    
Lack of psychomotor impairment 6 3 1   
Adherence to treatment 5 2 2 1  
Lifestyle of patients (e.g., level of daily activity, type of employment) 5  1 3   1
Concomitant disease 4   2   2
Costs of treatment 3 3 3   1
Special patient populations 3 4 2 1  
Others: lack of cardiac side effects 1     
Others: previous antihistamines used 1     
  1. Numbers in the cells indicate the number of responses received from clinicians for each of these criteria