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Cetirizine Hydrochloride = Brand Name: Zyrtec.
I had major reservations about this BUT he was so, so ADAMANT. Given that I need every bit of help I can, given my precarious help, I wasn’t going to take any chances. So, I did switch to 10mg Loratadine (generic Claritin), per day, as the doctor ordered. That was on August 18, 2018. 22-days ago.
Yes, he did say that the Loratadine would not be as effective as it was not as potent. He was bloody right. It was utterly ineffective.
My allergies affect my chest. I had gone nearly 6-years without having too many chest issues, e.g., bouts of regular bronchitis — and that was when I took Zyrtec, religiously, every day.
My chest problems came back with a vengeance. Yes, pollen allergies, to which I am very susceptible, are high right now — and it was doing a job on my chest. I felt like I was having a constant heart-attack (and given my health, it is possible that I was having a few heart attacks too).
To exacerbate matters, Teischan’s allergist TOTALLY disagreed with my doctor though they work in the same facility! She was MAD that I had switched Teischan from Zyrtec to Claritin. She wanted Teischan back on Zyrtec the NEXT day. That was like 10-days ago. She has no idea as to why my doctor, her colleague, asked me to switch.
So, this morning, I was back to Zyrtec. Still having issues but I assume it will take a few days for the Zyrtec to kick-in.
Just wanted to share this with you. OK?
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