The best of the over the counter formulations I have tried
When my doctor said I would need to start taking antihistamines to control my allergies I was not compelled to try a specific brand or formulation. So I actually tried the three "main" formulations on the Australian market which are available over the counter ("Pharmacy Medicine"). One brand was completely hopeless, doing nothing at all (but also had no side effects). Another brand worked quite well but resulted in an excessively dry throat and had a very short duration of effect - a little over half the advertised 24 hours.
Zyrtec, on the oth...er hand, relieves my symptoms equally as well as that other brand, but with a slightly less dry throat and a much longer duration of effect. Pretty much 20 - 22 hours minimum and in the case of today, the full 24 hours. The only downside to this medication is a slight drowsiness effect but I would much rather experience this than not get adequate relief. In any case, because this was the only formulation I tried that would actually last up to 24 hours, I can simply take it around an hour before bedtime. By the time I have woken up and got myself ready for the day, any drowsiness has disappeared and I know I will still get reasonable relief during the day and even into the early evening. I guess this will be my "go to "medication for the foreseeable future unless something comes out that works just as well but has no side effects at all!
- Mild side effects
Believe it Made my Brothers Psychotic
Two of my brothers were on this medication years ago and after several months on it, one of them started hearing voices which got increasingly awful, and eventually those voices told him to kill himself. He didn't, thank god, but what a horrific experience for an 11 year old. The other one had a full blown Psychotic episode where he lost touch with reality completely and tried to attack me with a serrated knife in the kitchen. It was awful. There was even this really wrong chemical feeling in the air. If it was just my 2 brothers, I'd be perhap...s willing to accept this as a genetic quirk, even though they had never been Psychotic before, the voices disappeared rapidly as soon as they stopped taking this stuff, and there is no history of psychosis in the family. But it wasn't. One of my brothers' non genetically related friends had very similar complaints and apparently another child at his primary school did as well, thankfully the teachers had been warned by then and made sure he stopped taking it. Stay away from this stuff, and especially keep it away from children. As cetirizine is the active ingredient in this I would stay away from other products that use it as well. There are definitely other anti hay-fever drugs on the market that don't use it and I would recommend asking your GP about one.
I have been taking Aerius tablets for the last 5 years or so thinking they were great. I always wondered why I would still sneeze and wake up during the night coughing due to a dry throat. I honestly though Aerius was the best for me. Then I decided to try Zyrtec. They work soooooo well. My sneezing is greatly reduced, I don't wake up with a dry throat and coughing fit anymore. I am amazed at this product. I highly recommend if you are allergic to cats. It is working well for my cat allergies. Some may think I'm crazy to have cats when I have a...llergies. But I can't stay away from these cute, furry little balls of joy with their pointy ears and purrs and kneading!!! So Zyrtec is WONDERFUL. Stops me from sneezing constantly. I mean I still have the occasional sneeze sometimes, but it has DRASTICALLY improved my symptoms. Also, my nose is clear and not blocked half the time.
I cannot live without my Zyrtec. I have suffered from hayfever my whole life and this is the best antihistamine available. When I was a child there wasn't a whole lot I could take (most are only suitable for 12 years and over), and what was available didn't work. Zyrtec are tiny little tablets, making taking them easy. It can cause drowsiness in a very small percentage of people, but I have never experienced any. (Interestinly, overseas it is advertised as non-drowsy as the percentage of drowsiness reported in clinical trials was so low.) A goo...d way to avoid problems if you do experience drowsiness is to take it at night; you get to sleep off the effects but the antihistamine will still be active for several hours when you wake. They work quickly against all allergy symptoms - itch eyes, sneezing, runny nose, even hives and swelling. If you have any pre-existing medical conditons or take any other medication you must check with your doctor or pharmacist before commensing treatment. 24 hour relief, small tablets, effective for all allergy symptoms Can cause drowsiness in suseptible people, and is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Works really well, although makes me very drowsy!
I have suffered from hay fever and allergies for years now, and have found it hard to find a hayfever treatment that works quickly and effectively but i have to say that Zytec has worked beautifully. I feel relief soon after i take it but it does make me feel very very tired and i usually fall straight to sleep very soon after. I usually take this medicine at night because it makes me drowsy BUT i always feel really fresh and allergy free in the morning when i wake up - it does not leave me feeling heavy or sluggish.
reliable and effective!
Makes me drowsy!
Questions & Answers
I tried to redeem the cash back offer $7 few days back but it didn't go through. Johnson and Johnson says they have stopped the cash back offers when I sent them a email. I live on it. It is very costly to pay this amount. I would really appreciate if the price came down or the cash back was reimposed..
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