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Jaiswal AK1*, Kamna Sharma2, Lukose Sally3, Tabin Millo4
1, 4Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029, India.
2, 3Department of Forensic Science, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, NCR-Delhi, India.

Volume 2, Issue 3, Page 172-177, September-December 2014.

Article history
Received: 04 October 2014
Revised: 10 November 2014
Accepted: 20 November 2014
Early view: 28 November 2014

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Antihistamines refer to drugs that antagonize the action of histamines at H1 receptors. It is usually given as tablets for allergic disorders and other conditions such as colds, motion sickness and Parkinson’s disease. In India, Forensic Science Laboratories run by Government under the Home ministry usually carry out the toxicological analysis of these drugs. The samples have to be analyzed by the forensic toxicologist/chemists/scientist. This article deals with the screening/spot test for antihistamines. It attempts to simplify the standard procedures in a step-wise manner, which can be of handy reference for the forensic toxicologist.

Keywords: Antihistamines, Screening, Spot test etc.