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Old 07-12-2010, 08:38 PM
 
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I have been taking this Rx since late last year. It works perfectly good for me except it has severe drowiness effect for me. I tried going to Claritin the next day but that did not work out with my system as I felt nauseus and had a headache.

I have also tried taking half of the CH which is 5mg and that did not work either.

When I don't take CH, the symptoms are feeling weak, and it feels like I have the flu or something.

Any other solutions?
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:17 PM
 
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I too have had problems with the sedating effects of Zyrtec (cetirizine). There's also a nasal spray form that may have less systemic side effects.

I've found that Allegra (fexofenadine) works well. Another option is fluticasone nasal spray (trade name is Flonase, but it's now available as a generic for much less $$), which is actually what I use now.
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Have you tried a "nettie pot" or some other non-drug option? By "flushing" out your nasal passages, you might be able to avoid taking any drug at all! It really works, if you do it daily!
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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I too have had problems with the sedating effects of Zyrtec (cetirizine). There's also a nasal spray form that may have less systemic side effects.

I've found that Allegra (fexofenadine) works well. Another option is fluticasone nasal spray (trade name is Flonase, but it's now available as a generic for much less $$), which is actually what I use now.
I don't have problems with runny nose/closed nose though. Will that still fix the issue of me feeling weak though?

I was recently told by a Pharmacist to try Allegra. I need Rx for that right?
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:26 PM
 
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Have you tried a "nettie pot" or some other non-drug option? By "flushing" out your nasal passages, you might be able to avoid taking any drug at all! It really works, if you do it daily!
I don't have any issues with nasal passages.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I'm not sure what is causing you to feel weak, and am even less sure why cetirizine would be effective in treating this (since its major indication is for the treatment of allergies) - so I don't know if the other options would be effective or not.

Allegra requires a prescription, yes
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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I'm not sure what is causing you to feel weak, and am even less sure why cetirizine would be effective in treating this (since its major indication is for the treatment of allergies) - so I don't know if the other options would be effective or not.

Allegra requires a prescription, yes
CH is perfectly effective for me.
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