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    • #26892
      Alyssa Silva
      Keymaster

      Who here takes over-the-counter medication for allergies? I really have to try and do something about the symptoms I’m having. I’m thinking of starting out with Claritin since it doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier and won’t cause drowsiness. But I’d love to hear what has worked for you! Anybody else’s allergies kicking their butt this year??

    • #26915
      Kelly Miller
      Participant

      I use Zyrtec after trying Claritin. I think it’s all a personal preference and whatever works for you best.

    • #26922
      Chantell Venter
      Participant

      I use Texa Allergy Tablets. It doesn’t cause drowsiness and you only need 1 tablet a day. I stay in South Africa so I don’t know if it is available where you are. ‘Texa Allergy Tablets contains 10 mg cetirizine dihydrochloride’ copied from the leaflet for the active ingredient name.

    • #26936
      Tammy
      Participant

      I use xyzal. It’s over the counter but my insurance pays for the generic prescription form. Some people say it makes them drowsy but it doesn’t do that to me. You are directed to take it in the evening anyway. I like it because it’s 24 hour and only once a day

    • #26948
      Alyssa Silva
      Keymaster

      Thank you for these suggestions!

    • #27346
      Jeremy
      Participant

      Purely anecdotal but between myself and 4 or 5 friends I’ve asked we all prefer Zyrtec (Cetirizine) over Claritin (which did nothing for me) or anything else we’ve tried.  It doesn’t completely alleviate my symptoms but it’s the only thing that’s really seemed to help at all.

      • #27351
        Alyssa Silva
        Keymaster

        Interesting that you’re saying this because since the original time of this post, I tried Claritin and it did absolutely nothing for me. My doctor ended up prescribing a med that isn’t OTC, cyproheptadine, and it works well. However, it makes me really drowsy. Even when I take it at night I’m still a little out of it the following day. But, my allergies have been horrendous this year that I figured dealing with the added fatigue is worth it for now.

        • #27352
          Jeremy
          Participant

          I haven’t personally noticed any drowsiness from the Centirizine but IIRC I have seen it mentioned as a possible side effect.

        • #27361
          Alyssa Silva
          Keymaster

          Yes, most antihistamines do. And unfortunately, my body is super sensitive to any sort of drug, so the drowsiness hits me really hard.

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