by Anura Guruge
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Cetirizine Hydrochloride = Brand Name: Zyrtec.
I have been taking 10mg of (generic) Zyrtec, i.e., Cetirizine Hydrochloride, DAILY, without fail (but maybe at most a few times) for 5 years and 8 months; 2089 days.
I would swear by it. I thought it was a miracle drug.
My primary care doctor, at the time, i.e., 2012, had told me that I should do so.
I used to be haunted and plagued with severe bronchitis. At least twice year, once in Spring the other in Fall, bronchitis would cripple me. So, in November 2012, after I nearly DIED from a bout of bronchitis and coughed so hard that I broke a rib, my doctor told me to start taking Zyrtec.
IT WAS MAGIC.
It stopped my bronchitis — dead. I really haven’t had a debilitating attack in those 5.6-years.
I was so happy. I would tell others about it. I had my 12-year old on daily Zyrtec — and her doctor was fine with it.
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Today, I had my dreaded physical. Different doctor, same practice. The other one, who told me to take Zyrtec had left.
This doctor, who I have been seeing for the last 4 years is an Indian, my age and we share a very similar background.
So, he goes through ALL my health woes, my unstoppable weight gain up near the top since some of my other problems can be attributed to it.
He tells me that he is CONVINCED that most of my problems are due to my daily Zyrtec. I spluttered and choked.
He, then, makes it worse.
He said he tried telling me last year at my physical, but when he saw how happy I was with the Zyrtec he decided to wait. BUGGER.
He told me to take 10mg Loratadine (generic Claritin) instead, daily — and ONLY take Zyrtec, occasionally, if the Loratadine “wasn’t cutting it” on days when my allergies were real bad. WOW.
Search ‘allergy’ & ‘zyrtec’.
by Anura Guruge