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      23.04.2008 13:17
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      The best anti-histamine on the market

      Having suffered seasonal allergies for many years and tried all anti-histamines on the shelf I am relieved to discover that Zirtek actually works! The active ingredient in this tablet is Cetirizine Hydrochloride which can be purchased cheaper if you go for supermarket or pharmacy own brand. However, I have not tried these and cannot comment on their effectiveness. Zirtek comes in a very small capsule which is taken once a day. I found that after 3-4 days my sore eyes, runny nose, skin rash and wheezing all started to disappear. This item is branded as a '2nd generation' anti-histamine which it is claimed does not cause drowsiness. However, in my experience it does make you feel a little spaced out and dosey. I would recommend taking it just before bedtime in order to offset some of these side effects. Overall, this is a highly effective drug if you are suffering from hayfever or other allergies.

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        10.08.2001 20:31
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        Fungal/Yeast infections... Um, dooyoo bad! I do solemnly swear not to write an opinion on a medicine that mainly consists of what it says on the back of the packet. Q: Right, so what is Zirtek? A: It’s an anti-histamine Q: Anti what? A: Histamine, histamine’s are the main cause of allergy related misery. Anti-histamines prevent the body from releasing histamines. Q: Prevention rather than cure right? A: Bullseye! Q: So how bad does this Zirtek taste? A: It doesn’t taste overly nice but then do you know of any tablets that do? Q: Oh crikey! I have this thing about taking tablets, I just panic and start gagging. A: I used to be like that until I had no choice but to take a course of huge anti-biotic pills, but even before I got over my phobia I could manage to take these. Q: Why? A: They’re tiny, let me go measure one for you… Less than half a centimetre across, three quarters of a centimetre along and about a third of a centimetre high. (Apologies to old people but inches aren’t designed to go that small! :P) Q: So I shouldn’t have any problems then? A: No, you chew your food into large pieces than these tablets. Just have a big old glug of squash with it and it goes down nice and easy. Q: I’ve tried these kind of tablets before but to little effect. A: I have lost count of the various kinds of hayfever medicine I’ve tried, including several types of tablets and Zirtek do kick major arse over the rest. Q: So they’re good? A: Oh yes – they take about 15 minutes to come into effect after taking and the reduction in allergenic activity is incredible. On really bad days though they can’t entirely cope – check with your doctor to see if you can take two, I don’t but a friend of mine has done. Q: So it’s a solve all solution? A: No, at least n
        ot if you have serious hayfever (Or indeed any allergy that produces histamines) as you will need to take several solutions. If you get it mildly though this may indeed be a fire and forget solution. Q: So do I have to, like, stand on my head for two minutes, sneeze, take the tablets and then go and have a five course meal or anything like that? A: Well, the tablets don’t stop you but nor do they insist on it. I’ve taken them at all times of the day regardless of when I’ve eaten. The only thing you have to watch is mixing them with alcohol, as some times they seem to magnify the effects (My friends see this as a good thing. Oh how the healthy people mock me, but one day this pale boy will have his revenge… Or words to that effect). Yet sometimes it makes no difference if I’ve taken a tablet. Just go easy OK? (Or maybe it’s just because I have a taste for strong European beers – none of this brewed in England with chlorine in rubbish!). Q: So how much do they cost? A: To much! Q: Really? A: Yeah, they are quite quite pricey for the 7 tablets you get in a box – but if you suffer bad try a packet once and see if you think it’s worth it.

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          05.07.2001 22:55
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          Zirtek is yet anohter allergy relief tablet. I've suffered from quite bad year-round allergies for several years now, and as a result have been taking various different forms of allergy relief over those years. Zirtek is the most recent that I have tried. Previously I have used Piriton and the Clarityn (though I do get mine on prescription, so it works out cheaper). I was getting nowhere fast with both of them. I had days, in all seasons, where I was quite literally confined to my house as my nose would not stop running. And I don't mean running in the normal sense. When most people say that they have a runny nose, they obviously have never had to put up with the sort of runny noses I have had. When I get a runny nose, I have to sit with my head hovering over a towel catching the drips, because my nose runs like a dripiing tap, continuously, possibly for several hours. Fortunately this only ever happend once every couple on months, but nevertheless did happen. Then, I went to my GP to see if he could try me on something stronger than my previous tablets, or anything else just in the hope that a different allergy relief might have better effects. He said OK, and wrote me out a prescription for a 90 day supply of Zirtek. Great I thought, so off I toddled to my local chemist, payed my £6 and off I went in the hope that it would be the breakthrough I was looking for. And thankfully, it was! Since I started taking Zirtek (almost a year to the day), i have had very few allergy-realted problems. On occasions I do still get a tingling in my nose, and do have the occasional bad spell, but never half as bad as before. Zirtek tablets are very small, capsule shapped pills. I have trouble swallowing tablets, so their small size is a god send. Now for the technical bit. The Zirtek tablets I'm taking contain 10 milligrams of the drug Cetirizine Dihydrochloride. I don't really know if that has any significance to anyone, but I
          9;ll include it to make this opinion more complete. As far as side effects are concerned, I have noticed any. The warning on the packets says that reactions while driving might be impared, but I have never had any problems. They seem to be quite effective for mmost of the day, and throughout the evening. On occasions I think they do start to wear off late evening, but by then your getting ready for bed anyway. I've never had full-blown problems will allergies, such as sore eyes, so I can't comment as to their effectiveness in releation to that. I did get very heavy-feeling heads sometimes, and Zirtek seems to have cured that. I take them in conjunction with Flixonase Nasal Spray, though I don't think this has much effect, as I've been taking Flixonase all the time no matter what tablets I was taking. I will say though that Flixonase provides more instant relief, whereas Zirtek seems to been a bit more delayed, and needs to be taken regularly to have a strong effect. I take one tablet every morning, and this works just fine. I do give myself a break from them now and again, to try and avoid building up an immunity to them, a tactic that is strongly advised for anyone who takes tablets evert day, as otherwise you end up having to take more and more to get the same effects. So, there you have it. If you have bad allergies and haven't tried them, try Zirtek tablets. Get a prescritpion from your GP for them, rather than buy them over the counter, as it works out a lot cheaper especially if you can get prescriptions free (which I can again, thanks to NHS Wales increasing the age limit to 25). ************************************* * UPDATE - 25th September 2001 * ************************************* OK so the summer has passed, and Zirtek worked! I can't remember the last time i had a summer as allergy free as this one. I am still assuming that the Zirtek tablets I'm taking is the reason
          for the lack of allergies, as I am still using Flixonase spray, though I was using Flixonase quite a few summers ago and never had these results. Possibly a combination of the two? Anyway, I'm sticking to the one tablet a day stated dosage and it works fine. Somedays by about 9pm I'm starting to get a bit of itchiness in the nose, but apart from that its great. If you have any sort of allergies (pollen, household dust, anything) I strongly urge to get your GP to prescribe some.

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            30.06.2001 21:07
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            I had never experienced any hayfever symptoms until about 3years ago. Over the last two weeks I have had it worse than I have ever had it before. Every morning I wake up with a wheezy chest and soon my eyes will start to itch terribly and then the bouts of profuse sneezing start. It can be incredibly annoying especially when you are going to work. It must be even more annoying for women wearing eye make-up as they have to try and stop themselves from rubbing their eyes and causing classic ?panda-eyes? as my girlfriend calls it. Hayfever or ?Allergic Rhinitis? is basically inflammation of the nose lining caused by some sort of allergic stimulus (usually pollen). Scientists are still not sure why some people suffer with it and some people don?t. Pollen levels are can be extremely high in the summer months, breathing these high levels of pollen in can irritate the lining of the nose which will cause the inflammation which results in watery discharge from your shiny, red hooter. If you suffer from these symptoms all of the time and at any time of year you are likely to be suffering from ?perennial rhinitis?, this is basically the same symptoms but it is likely that you are suffering from a dust or pet allergy. The best treatment would be to remove what is causing the allergy from your environment, however in the case of pollen this is not possible. I resort to using the anti-histamine tablet Zirtek. Zirtek is available over-the-counter at most pharmacies and supermarkets, it is an anti-histamine blocker, it works by blocking the effects of histamine a natural chemical produced by the human body when an allergic reaction is taking place, it will cause eyes and nose to become inflamed which will bring about sneezing fits and discharge from mucus membranes. It is extremely effective and only takes around 15-20 minutes to work and it has always worked well however bad my symptoms have been. It is much safer to stick wit
            h the newer varieties of anti-histamine like Benadryl and Zirtek as they do not cause any drowsiness like many of the older products like Piriton can. This is very important to take note of especially if you have to drive or operate any machinery whilst using anti-histamines. You can take up to 3 Zirtek capsules a day but they should last around 8 hours, I have never had to take more than two in a day though. Zirtek comes in boxes of 7, 12 and 24 capsules and prices do vary greatly. I normally buy boxes of 12 which are available at Superdrug for £2.90, however I have had to pay as much as £4.55 for the same amount in a local pharmacy so be wary of prices. The product cannot be faulted really as it always gets rid of my Hayfever symptoms and doesn?t make me drowsy. For more information and a free leaflet on coping with hayfever you can call The National Asthma Campaigns' 24 hour information line on 0171 971 0444.

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              13.10.2000 04:43
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              My son and myself suffer from hayfever, my son being the worst. He was first prescribed piriton syrup , this worked but made him too sleepy at school, so then it was changed to zirtek syrup. He suffers really badly and also even gets snuffly and bunged in winter too.However the zirtek works really well, one spoon in the morning when he gets up does the trick for the whole day and his runny nose stops soon after he takes it. I bought myself the zirtek tablets and although they are quite expensive at around £4.70 for 2 weeks , they are excellent, you take one tiny tablet that lasts for 24 hours. we have not had any side effects although in some people they can cause palpitations, and dizzyness but if you are in any doubt consult your doctor . The other good thing about zirtek is it doesnt cause drowsyness so they are suitable for most people and you can carry on as normal.

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                26.08.2000 05:07

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                Zirteks allergy relieving properties speak for themselves, i used them for over a year, yet i was quite annoyed to find that due to the high dose i wason, 60mg i was risking two things. Apparently prolonged use of zirtek can cause hair loss, which i assumed the hair coming out when i was in the bath to be natural, not so two month after stopping zirtek the hair stopped too. I also found myself tired all the time, when i went to my gp he changed the medication from zirtek and i found that also was down to the tablets. Please be aware their are side effects, and tell your gp to tell you about them.

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                18.08.2000 05:24
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                Zirtek is the only thing that I have found to stop hayfever that really works. For a couple of years when my hayfever was fairly bad and starting in April and not ending in September I took Claritin, Piriton, various nasal sprays that the doctor prescribed me but nothing really worked brilliantly. Then I discovered Zirtek, I'm not even sure how I found it but the first one I took stopped my hayfever almost completely in the space of about 45 minutes!!! Sure I had the odd sneeze and bit of a runny nose but not the watering eyes and sore throat and everything else that had gone along with it for many mornings previously. You only have to take one Zirtek per 24 hour period, but by about 12 hours I can feel the affects wearing off, although luckily my hayfever is worse in the mornings anyway so it isn't that much of a problem. I did used to feel very tired when I first started taking it, to the point where my eyes just wouldn't stay open. The packet says it dosn't cause drowsiness if I remember correctly and I have taken it a few times over the past few weeks without feeling drowsy so maybe the tiredness before was actually nothing to do with the Zirtek. It comes in a packet of 7 and they are extremely small tablets. They work out to be very expensive, so if you are a hayfever suffer go and ask your doctor to prescribe them. I got three months worth which worked out at a tremendous saving. Zirtek is also good to take for a number of other allergic reactions. I always take one when I have mosquito bites because I'm allergic to them, I can't say they work brilliantly for that but perhaps they'd be lots worse if I didn't take it.

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                  01.08.2000 21:14
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                  I not only suffer from hayfever, but am also allergic to house dust mites, hay, straw, horses, dogs, cats etc. This is even more unfortunate since I work with horses and own three dogs! Since the age of thirteen I have used various anti-histamines in an attempt to controll my symptoms. I had hoped to grow out of these allergies, but over the last few years, my symptoms have become worse - along with my excema and asthma. A chat with my doctor had me taking both Zirtek and Piriton anti-histamines, the combined effect of which did seem to be helping, but about a month ago, things began to get worse. I was hardly sleeping at night for all the sneezing and the awfull unreachable itch that seems to be almost inside my ears and at the back of my throat. Desperate for some relief, I consulted my pharmacist, and gave Beconase nasal spray a try. It has been like a miricle cure!! I still have to take both my anti-histamines, although I have gone from 3 piriton a day to just 1, but for the first time in years, I have actually gone for whole weeks without sneezing, and the dreadful itch inside my head has finally gone! The Beconase is not cheap at £6 for 100 sprays (2 sprays in each nostril 2 X a day, but the relief it has given me, particularly at work, is incredible. I have suffered my allergies because I love my job, but now I am able to enjoy it all the more.

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