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marcmagus: Ten the hard way (ten the hard way)
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 12:44 pm

Having just gone for about a 15 minute walk outdoors, I can say with fair certainty that cetirizine HCl is helping with my allergies. I'm definitely feeling a strong tingling in my nose like I'm on the verge of a sneezing fit, but I'm pretty sure that undrugged I'd be in the midst of a full-on attack that would have me sneezing and blowing my nose on and off all day.

marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 01:13 am

Hey, if anybody out there with more medical knowledge than I wants to do me a huge favor:

There was one allergy medication that worked for me that I alluded to last post. It was called hismanal. It was pulled off the market because they found a connection with increased risk of heart disease.

If someone wanted to check out hismanal and the current set of offerings and see if there's anything which works in a similar fashion and is thus more likely to be effective for me, I'd really appreciate it.

marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 12:08 am

My allergies are back in force; probably to stay this time as I'm not expecting the weather to crash back to the 50s again anytime soon. They've been driving me crazy.

I realized in conversations today that I haven't tried the most recent crops of available medications. While I suspect the timeline for me to be able to get a prescription this year is prohibitive, I realized that cetrizine hydrochloride [brand name Zyrtec] is now available over-the-counter, and I haven't tried it yet.

Swung by CVS and got the 90 day supply container in the store brand ($30). Just took the first one. I figure I'll at least give it a couple weeks and see if it helps. If it seems to be doing nothing at that point (or in the unlikely event that I have an adverse effect), I can always try to sell off the remainder to somebody at a mutually beneficial price.

It would be so amazing if this stuff actually works. I think it's been about 15 years since I had an allergy medication that actually helped. (I'm, thus, also really skeptical about it.)