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Zyrtec Now Available Over The Counter
KCRA.com ^ | 1-24-08

Posted on 01/24/2008 5:25:38 PM PST by Dysart

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Starting Thursday, allergy sufferers can find the most-prescribed allergy medication available for over-the-counter sales.

Zyrtec is the brand name for cetirizine and is approved to relieve allergy-related sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and also, itching from hives.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it for sale without a prescription in November.

Dr. Rajan Merchant from Woodland Healthcare said it is the same formula as a doctor would prescribe.

"The efficacy is the same; the dosage is the same as the prescription strength. But the reason it is going over the counter is because we have enough safety data that confirms it is usable as an over-the-counter medication," Merchant said.

Merchant estimates Zyrtec will sell for between $20 and $25. That mean some consumers may be paying more now for the drug than they did when it was covered by insurance. But a generic product may soon be available.

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1 posted on 01/24/2008 5:25:39 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

Good stuff, but boy, does it make you sleepy.


2 posted on 01/24/2008 6:22:17 PM PST by randita (Do not trust any polls!)
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To: randita

It makes you sleepy?? I’ve been taking it for yrs and really like it because it has zero side effects for me.

But of course people are unique and drugs do interact with our individual chemistry accordingly.


3 posted on 01/24/2008 6:28:25 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

I tried it once for a couple of days and felt like I’d been pole-axed.


4 posted on 01/24/2008 6:36:15 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
"felt like I’d been pole-axed"

Is that good or bad?

5 posted on 01/24/2008 6:39:24 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Dysart

This is great! Zyrtec works the best for me of all the allergy stuff on the market. Hope the generic is out before ragweed season this year!


6 posted on 01/24/2008 6:47:04 PM PST by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: randita

My wife has taken it for years without the “drowsy effect”.


7 posted on 01/24/2008 6:56:32 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Dysart
Zyrtec-D was also approved for sale without a prescription, but it will be kept behind the pharmacy counter because it contains the nasal decongestant pseudoephedrine.

Just damn! I was counting on being able to get all I wanted for my meth lab.

8 posted on 01/24/2008 6:59:06 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Is that good or bad?

I'm guessing not desirable. Poleax:A medieval battle-ax consisting of a long shaft ending in an ax or a combination of an ax, hammer, and pick.

9 posted on 01/24/2008 7:09:12 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

I always thought to be poleaxed was to be rent asunder.


10 posted on 01/24/2008 7:11:20 PM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: Dysart

Didn’t have the drowsy problem, but my wife says it made me “difficult to live with”. Too bad too, because it was the only thing I’d tried that actually worked on my symptoms.


11 posted on 01/24/2008 7:41:52 PM PST by Hazwaste (Now with added lemony freshness!)
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To: Dysart
I can’t wait till they put out Viagra OTC. Sell them between the M&M’s and Kit Kats....
12 posted on 01/24/2008 7:43:04 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

They’ll keep them near the hard candies.


13 posted on 01/24/2008 7:43:58 PM PST by Hazwaste (Now with added lemony freshness!)
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To: randita
Good stuff, but boy, does it make you sleepy.

And does Benadryl™ wake you up?

14 posted on 01/24/2008 7:44:14 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: Hazwaste
Didn’t have the drowsy problem, but my wife says it made me “difficult to live with”.

That would be an over-the-top compliment compared to how I can act.

15 posted on 01/24/2008 7:45:50 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: Dysart

That’s a weird thing about antihistamines, one kind may work wonders for some people and do absolutely nothing for other people. That’s one reason why so many have been developed, I guess.

How does this stuff affect blood pressure?


16 posted on 01/24/2008 7:53:05 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Doesn’t effect my blood pressure at all. The effects and others some are reporting here I’ve had with benadryl....stuff makes me climb the walls.


17 posted on 01/24/2008 8:06:50 PM PST by Dysart
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To: vetvetdoug
I can’t wait till they put out Viagra OTC. Sell them between the M&M’s and Kit Kats....

Re: Viagra, I asked the pharmacist if I could get it over the counter.

He said I could if I took two...

18 posted on 01/24/2008 8:09:25 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
How does this stuff affect blood pressure?

Zyrtec will not affect blood pressure, but the "D" formula will raise BP.

19 posted on 01/24/2008 8:14:30 PM PST by myprecious
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To: null and void

“He said I could if I took two...”

Hey, my daughter promotes Viagra...

I’ll bet you can do beautifully without it, but...

do ya want some samples? (The candy bribe didn’t work)

;)


20 posted on 01/24/2008 8:17:08 PM PST by toldyou
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To: ChildOfThe60s

How does this stuff affect blood pressure?

Usually it doesn’t, you might be thinking about decongestants like sudafed.

I like claritin better than zyrtec, also OTC and in generic form (loratidine) and cheaper. Never made me drowsy.


21 posted on 01/24/2008 8:18:15 PM PST by tpanther
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To: toldyou
I have samples.

I need a reason to try the samples!

22 posted on 01/24/2008 8:19:21 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: Dysart

Anyone tried this stuff for cat allergies?


23 posted on 01/24/2008 8:20:18 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
What is your cat allergic to?
24 posted on 01/24/2008 8:21:30 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: null and void

“Re: Viagra, I asked the pharmacist if I could get it over the counter. He said I could if I took two...”

ROTFLOL!

I just got it...you are TOO funny!

Hey, I can get you more than two....

not that you need it to get it over the counter...


25 posted on 01/24/2008 8:22:12 PM PST by toldyou
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To: null and void

As soon as I posted I knew that would be among the replies!


26 posted on 01/24/2008 8:22:55 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: null and void

“I need a reason to try the samples!”

I am a reason!


27 posted on 01/24/2008 8:23:37 PM PST by toldyou
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Yep. Works on my cat allergies (I try to avoid the little darlings but sometimes I can’t) and the asthma that accompanies it.

Pfizer needs to send me a check for this thread.


28 posted on 01/24/2008 8:25:06 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

I’m going to try it then. My parents have cats and both myself and one of my sons are allergic. We usually take Allegra or Claritan when we visit but after 2 days those don’t work and we end up being miserable.


29 posted on 01/24/2008 8:30:21 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: randita

“Good stuff, but boy, does it make you sleepy.”

I’m surprised to hear that.

I’ve taken allergy meds in the past, which made me sleepy.

Zyrtec does not.


30 posted on 01/24/2008 8:30:42 PM PST by toldyou
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To: toldyou

Source please?


31 posted on 01/24/2008 8:31:23 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

I’ll be here all week, try the veal...


32 posted on 01/24/2008 8:32:20 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: swmobuffalo

Walgreens has their generic out already, did see that. But it was like maybe 10 tablets or something, kinda’ pointless for those that use it for months at a time. Costco had a 75-day pack for a decent price.


33 posted on 01/24/2008 8:33:55 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: null and void

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.........


34 posted on 01/24/2008 8:35:36 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: null and void

“Source please?”

You here at FReerepublic always insist on a source!

Can’t you, just for once, take my word for it?


35 posted on 01/24/2008 8:40:16 PM PST by toldyou
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To: toldyou

Okay, but just this once...


36 posted on 01/24/2008 8:41:49 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: Dysart
But in NY I have to show ID and have it recorded at the pharmacy counter to get Actifed all because some people found a way to make meth out of large quantities of it.
37 posted on 01/24/2008 8:44:00 PM PST by murphE (These are days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed but his own. --G.K. Chesterton)
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To: null and void

“Okay, but just this once...”

Thank you!

So I don’t get other chances?


38 posted on 01/24/2008 8:44:37 PM PST by toldyou
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To: randita
It is the only prescription that I take and it doesn’t make me sleepy at all. When I need a sleeping pill I take Bendryl.

Over the counter Zyrtec is great news.

39 posted on 01/24/2008 8:45:16 PM PST by Ditter
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To: toldyou
That depends on what you do with this chance, doesn’t it?
40 posted on 01/24/2008 8:46:19 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: quantim
Was Costco’s Zyrtec made in China?
41 posted on 01/24/2008 8:48:54 PM PST by Ditter
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Bad.

Here's a pole-axe:


42 posted on 01/24/2008 8:53:48 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: null and void

“That depends on what you do with this chance, doesn’t it?”

Oh, I know what to do with it...


43 posted on 01/24/2008 8:54:22 PM PST by toldyou
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To: toldyou

Do tell...


44 posted on 01/24/2008 8:55:47 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: null and void

“Do tell...”

Are we alone?


45 posted on 01/24/2008 8:58:10 PM PST by toldyou
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To: toldyou

*looks left* *looks right*

I think so..


46 posted on 01/24/2008 9:00:40 PM PST by null and void (We're tired of being sucked up to once every 4 years and stabbed in the back the rest of the time.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Whoa, that looks really mean. I do not want to be pole axed. ;)


47 posted on 01/24/2008 9:01:34 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: null and void

“*looks left* *looks right* I think so..”

Just to be sure...I’ll stay here in case they double back...


48 posted on 01/24/2008 9:04:32 PM PST by toldyou
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To: Dysart
Merchant estimates Zyrtec will sell for between $20 and $25. That mean some consumers may be paying more now for the drug than they did when it was covered by insurance.

Ha! I'd happily pay $20 or $25 for a month's supply. I'm paying $30 or $35 just for the co-pay with my insurance (Blue Cross).

The co-pay went through the roof when Claritin went OTC.

But Claritin doesn't work very well for me and Zyrtec works great. And my 10-year old takes Zyrtec too, to suppress asthma triggers.

49 posted on 01/24/2008 9:08:58 PM PST by Mannaggia l'America
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To: Dysart

bump


50 posted on 01/24/2008 9:13:26 PM PST by VOA
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