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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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KEYWORDS: allergies; allergy; otc; zyrtec
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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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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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