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Old 01-18-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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Zyrtec has plenty of side effects!

I only took it for a week and became very emotional...crying at the drop of a hat about absolutely ridiculous things. Since I am not normally like that, I realized something was really wrong with me. The only difference was the Zyrtec and I did a quick Google search. After finding that lots of other people had various issues, including emotional lability, I decided to stop taking it. Within two days I was back to "normal".

Also, the Zyrtec didn't knock my allergies down. So I was crying about everything and had all the awful cedar reactions. Needless to say it was a tough month. I started allergy shots that year.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:37 AM
 
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I took Claritin (or the generic equivalent) for a long time. Then I took Zyrtec (or the generic equivalent) for a long time. They both worked well. I liked Claritin more. YMMV.

Neither Claritin nor Zyrtec have had the life-changing effect that getting allergy shots has had for me. Before treatment I took medicine every day to go from miserable to uncomfortable. Now I take medicine occasionally to go from uncomfortable to fine.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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Zyrtec has plenty of side effects!

I only took it for a week and became very emotional...crying at the drop of a hat about absolutely ridiculous things. Since I am not normally like that, I realized something was really wrong with me. The only difference was the Zyrtec and I did a quick Google search. After finding that lots of other people had various issues, including emotional lability, I decided to stop taking it. Within two days I was back to "normal".

Also, the Zyrtec didn't knock my allergies down. So I was crying about everything and had all the awful cedar reactions. Needless to say it was a tough month. I started allergy shots that year.
Perhaps there is some other issue why you are crying. I know tons of people that take it and there are no side effects, especially those types of side effects. Perhaps you wanted to link it to the zyrtec. Zyrtec battles cedar, it's the only thing that has ever worked for me. OP, go ahead and take it. I doubt you'll suddenly have an emotional issue! LOL!
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Zyrtec has plenty of side effects!

I only took it for a week and became very emotional...crying at the drop of a hat about absolutely ridiculous things. Since I am not normally like that, I realized something was really wrong with me. The only difference was the Zyrtec and I did a quick Google search. After finding that lots of other people had various issues, including emotional lability, I decided to stop taking it. Within two days I was back to "normal".

Also, the Zyrtec didn't knock my allergies down. So I was crying about everything and had all the awful cedar reactions. Needless to say it was a tough month. I started allergy shots that year.
People are many and varied. We all have different allergies or reactions to medication.

I have never had a problem with Zyrtec. I am highly allergic to Cedar, and zyrtec knocks that pollen on its ass everytime.

I am sorry you had a problem with it, but that doesn't mean everyone will.

A lot of people keep on going on and on about getting allergy shots. Allergy shots are STEROID INJECTIONS. They can have side effects too. Not to mention the fact that you have to get them prior to having allergies, as they do not work immediately. So if you wake up with cedar fever, expect a shot to actually kick in next week. Not so with over the counter medicine.

Plus, for those millions of Americans without insurance, allergy shots are not possible to have.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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Allergy shots are STEROID INJECTIONS.
No, they're not. Allergy shots only contains low doses of the allergens you are allergic to. Your batch is specifically mixed for you. There's no drugs in it.

If you go to the doctor to get a one-off "allergy shot", that is a steroid and those are horrifically bad for your long term health.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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No, they're not. Allergy shots only contains low doses of the allergens you are allergic to. Your batch is specifically mixed for you. There's no drugs in it.

If you go to the doctor to get a one-off "allergy shot", that is a steroid and those are horrifically bad for your long term health.
Well then I misread the previous posts, b/c those "one-off" shots are what I, and I thought everyone else, was talking about. And yes, I agree that they are not a good idea to take every few months.

I was under the impression that the immunotherapy allergy shots you are talking about were only done in speciality clinics and not available thru your regular PCP. Because of that, I thought everyone was talking about the "allergy shot" you get from your doc.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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I was under the impression that the immunotherapy allergy shots you are talking about were only done in speciality clinics and not available thru your regular PCP. Because of that, I thought everyone was talking about the "allergy shot" you get from your doc.
They are, but there are an awful lot of allergy docs in Austin. They're not that special.

It's really not all that expensive, either. The number of visits to the actual doc is low. They have people who give shots all day. You just walk in whenever you have the time (according, roughly, to your treatment schedule), they pull your vials out, give you your shots, and you're on your way. I think I've had appointments with my allergy doc maybe 3 times in the year and a half I've been doing this.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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I was under the impression that the immunotherapy allergy shots you are talking about were only done in speciality clinics and not available thru your regular PCP. Because of that, I thought everyone was talking about the "allergy shot" you get from your doc.
I go to an allergist (ENT actually). So, he is a specialist. Like RevMen said above. However, I give my shots to myself. I call to refill my serum and they mail it to me. That way I only have to go in once per year to get retested to see what they can remove from my mix.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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People are many and varied. We all have different allergies or reactions to medication.

I have never had a problem with Zyrtec. I am highly allergic to Cedar, and zyrtec knocks that pollen on its ass everytime.

I am sorry you had a problem with it, but that doesn't mean everyone will.

A lot of people keep on going on and on about getting allergy shots. Allergy shots are STEROID INJECTIONS. They can have side effects too. Not to mention the fact that you have to get them prior to having allergies, as they do not work immediately. So if you wake up with cedar fever, expect a shot to actually kick in next week. Not so with over the counter medicine.

Plus, for those millions of Americans without insurance, allergy shots are not possible to have.
I never said that everyone would have problems with it. But many people do have reactions to medication and this is how my body responds to Zyrtec. For many other people, Zyrtec is effective for their allergy problems but that wasn't the case for me. I just thought I'd offer a different perspective because what works for some people doesn't work for others. I found Claritin to work better than Zyrtec for me (and didn't cause the side effects) but it still wasn't good enough. That cedar is a nasty beast!

And yes, I was talking about allergy shots that are given by an allergist (not the steroid injections). They contain small amounts of the allergen and you have to increase your dosage gradually. My doctor told me that he would retest me at 12-18 months to see if I was still reacting to the allergens. My reaction to cedar was severe enough that I considered moving solely because of the cedar. After a year and a half of allergy shots, I was much, much better but that's not the case for everyone, unfortunately. He said that 1/3 of people are "cured", 1/3 of people need to continue the shots in order to decrease their reactions to allergens, and 1/3 of people continue to have problems, even after the shots.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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About 6 more weeks, and it will all be over.
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