I have post nasal drip and dr thinks i am alergic to dusts mites. recommended singular, but I don't like taking it. Is zyrtec or claritin a good alternative
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I am in SW Florida, and, since the Fall, it has been just a terrible year for me, allergy-wise. My ENT says he hears that from everyone. I had been on Zyrtec for several years ( after going thru many others that caused excessive dry mouth). Then, last summer, I stopped taking everything, to see if I could 'get by' without the antihistamines! I struggled thru, until the Fall, when everything seemed to hit me at once. I tried going back on the Zyrtec, but it seemed to make me very tired this time around, so I went back to the ENT and he tried some others--but they didn't work either. I have TERRIBLE PND, to the point where it drains so fast that I start choking, then coughing because of the choking! I went back on the Zyrtec (generic from Costco) again, as I had some left. They seemed to do OK for over a week, then BAM! here comes the PND again! RIght now, I am sitting here, inside the house with all windows closed, at 8:30 at night... having a sneezing fit--now what's THAT all about???
Soooo, I'm sorry I can't give you a good answer to your question, but I hope that others will be able to help BOTH of us!! :)
Good Luck, Mary
Hey Ninacreek & the other Mary(haha) I've been on almost every allergy medicine known to man & the best thing I have found is Actifed to dry you up. Back years ago when it was a prescription, they used it for colds to dry people up. I don't think doctors ever think about it anymore. I get mine at the dollar store, 24 for $1! Ask your doctor if you have heart conditions, HBP, or if you are taking seizure meds & so on. As with any drug, READ the warnings on the box of course. Good luck with it. I know now I get too dry using it sometimes. Let me know if you try it & if it works for you too. Check with Kermit88 if you have any worries. He's up on all of this stuff. Good luck... (oh, & mines called Allerfed because it's generic)
Claritin and Zyrtec are both antihistamines used to treat allergy symptoms. I have been taking Claritan for some time and it works well on reliving my allergy symptoms and has practically no side effects. Tried Zyrtec once it made me drowsy. Both Zyrtec and Claritin are available over the counter and are available in cheaper generic form. Recently I developed allergic asthma and was prescribed Singulair to treat both the allergy and asthma symptoms. Singulair has more possible severe side effects. Check with your doctor.
I tried most of the antihistamines, Claritin, Allegra, Singular, Benedryl, Actifed, and finally settled on Clarinex 5mg. with works for me. I have a double deviated septum, PND, etc. Allergies and worst of all, had thyroid and parathyroid cancer and had all the glands in my neck removed had radiation therapy twice, and it destroyed my saliva glands. Now Medical Solutions doesn't want to approve my medications because they fall in the wrong tier. I take as I said Clarinex 5mg. plus now I have to take EVOXAC which works for what they call dry mouth (Sjogren's Syndrone). How would you like to deal with the Drug companies when you have something that works and they don't want to supply it.
They want to know if you've tried all the other old meds first, then the generics, in other words, jump through their hoops come off your meds that work, suffer for a while try it their way, the old drugs, cheap drugs first, then maybe they may have no choice but to approve the one's the doctors prescribed, the new and better one's. I am 70 and tired of this BS.
if your dr perscribed singulair i would take it.. its taken at bedtime, i take it at bedtime and it does help..as for zyrtec or claritin i take claritin every day as i have terrible allergies all yr long, it doesnt work well (claritin) its over the counter meds both of them(zyrtec) i use to take allegra d but that too is now over the counter which i now suffer and it stinks.
It cost more but my PND was fixed along with my congestion with Zyrtec-D 2x a day. I suffered 4 years trying everything!! It's a miracle drug! It won't be immediate but after 3 days of consistent usage it starts working properly! I have used it for 6+ years. Hope this will help someone!!
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