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Allergy season has ramped up with astonishing speed over the past week, excessively hot as it has been. The past two years I was taking nasal steroids to deal with the headaches, scratchy throat and general irritability. But I decided in the fall to wean myself off them, since I had also begun taking inhaled steroids for my asthma. I'd noticed diminishment of the antihistamine effect over time and was increasingly plagued by nosebleeds.

I haven't regretted that decision until now. I definitely need the steroids for my asthma, but can presumably get by with my other allergy symptoms by taking antihistamines as needed. The problem with that approach, however, is that antihistamines often make me unpleasant to be around, shortening my fuse and draining my voice of all warmth, and also tend to make me both tired and wired. I dozed off yesterday after taking Benadryl, long before my usual bedtime, but then woke up around midnight and couldn't get to sleep.

Because I'd heard good things about Zyrtec, I decided to give it a go tonight. The idea of taking a single pill for a whole day's improvement appealed to me. And I liked the fact that it wasn't supposed to make you too drowsy. Well, friends, it's 3am here and I am most assuredly not drowsy. Unfortunately, I also have the urge to putter and the sense that I should have a beer or two to take the edge off. To say that I'm responding to the drug as if it were a stimulant would be a gross understatement.

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From: e4q Date: March 4th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
have you tried one of these yet?

i have gone back to using it after i started having nose bleeds on steroids. one of my drugs is also an antihisitmine, as so many are, so i don't feel like it is worth taking the steroids now.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 4th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I keep trying to tell C this is the most awesome thing EVER. I had the nosebleed problems too, plus steroids made me almost as anxious immediately as straight sudafed made me after a couple of days.

But I'm lucky enough not to have too much trouble if I take pills that combine antihistamine with sudafed (like the 12hr Zyrtec-D or 4hr equivalents). I usually have too much congestion to benefit from with antihistamines alone--plus I still have bad memories of Benedryl knocking me out cold as a child. When I feel like I need a decongestant alone, I do best with the 12hr sudafed that's labeled "long-acting" or "extended-release"--something about the formulation keeps the fits of mania at bay that come on when I take the evil little red pills of legal speed.

C, I'm sorry Zyrtec isn't working. People do swear by it--including J--but I've never entirely trusted a 24 hour pill. Plus I almost never have the itchy/sneezy symptoms without congestion...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 4th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think I need to break the Zyrtec tablet in half. I have no symptoms, but my head is a muddle. Or, to be more precise, a puddle in which the mud is sometimes supplanted by reflections of a better, brighter world.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 4th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think they might already make a 12hr version? At least, they make a 12hr version that includes sudafed, which is what I take. But I think I've seen the straight Zyrtec as well.

Also, my mother prefers to do her nasal rinse with a bottle like this-- http://www.neilmed.com/usa/products.php The neti pot freaks her out too :) But honestly, I think it's easier to use the "nose teapot" than the bottle, because gravity does all the work.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 4th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm afraid of those things. I can't explain why. But I am. Are they hard to use? Does the saline solution dry out the nasal membranes over time?

Great photo, BTW!
From: e4q Date: March 4th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
not my pic, just ganked.

i think that the salinity is the same as the body so it is really gentle - most of the time. it is important to get the salinity right, so use the measure, and it is important that it is not too hot, although you dissolve the salt in hot water it is not uncomfortable as long as it is cool enough, at least cool enough for a finger for instance. the water flows through freely and you can breathe during it as long as you leave your mouth open.
masoo From: masoo Date: March 4th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Benadryl is evil.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 4th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
But it does work, when nothing else will. I believe it led to my sister nearly totaling the car twice.
From: mbeecham Date: March 5th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Just once.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 5th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

masoo From: masoo Date: March 4th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've always been amazed that Benadryl is available over-the-counter ... it makes you as dopey as codeine. Which, of course, meant I loved it, but I had really bizarre dreams if I took it at night (and I never took it during the day). So bizarre I quit taking it at night, too.
sanpedrosula From: sanpedrosula Date: March 5th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Your orders


Get your ass to my ENT (well, he's not MINE), Dr. Emami. You need a sleep study, allergy skin tests, and allergy shots. Don't tell me the shots will make you crazy. They are not making me any crazier than I was (already pretty bad, I know). I have three shots once a week. I've finished the first year, I think--about 2 more years to go. Your breathing seems obstructed. I had a septoplasty in 2007 and I breathe better now. You may have already done all the things on this list, but maybe you need to redo them.
A concerned citizen.
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