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Zyrtec is effective and pleasant. Dries up my sinuses when they inflame due to allergies. It does this without inflaming them and causing unpleasant side effects. It also keeps me awake but not jittery. It keeps my nasal passages clear while not making me sleepy. Unlike other medications that serve this purpose I never feel too dry and it never has caused a nose bleed due to too much dryness. But this, like many over the counter medications is too expensive. It would also be nice if they combined it with a decongestant.

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I chose this medicine because the pharmacist suggested it. It met all of my needs and expectations and I felt great after using it. It helped clear out my allergy symptoms, cleared up my nose and my throat. I also did not have any side effects while taking this medicine. This medicine worked great for me.

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Zyrtec has always been my go-to allergy medication when my allergies start acting up. It always works, I never have to use anything else for my allergies. It doesn't make me drowsy at all like a lot of other medications. It is a really great medicine and it is available everywhere you shop. I always take it when I start getting that weird tingling feeling in my sinuses. Within a half of a hour it starts working, and it works throughout the full day. I don't get tired off of it, I just am normal feeling throughout the day.

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Zyrtec was recommended by a friend and so I thought I would give it a try. I felt a lot better after using it. I was happy I tried it and been continuing to use when my allergies are bad. I like how it works and the price and the availability of it. Also, it doesn’t give me heartburn like some pills. That’s another plus. I've never had any problems with it so far. It fill every need I have when looking for a good allergy medicine.

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I needed something to take care of my allergies fast so I thought I would try this product. It works well and doesn't leave me tired so I continue to buy it. It takes care of all of the symptoms I am having. I like that it is not really expensive and that you get your money’s worth. Though I think it should come with more in the package. That is my only real complaint. Other than that, it's very very good.

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I like that Zyrtec works great and helps me start feeling better right after I take it. It's easy to take and helps me all day and only have to use one dose per congestion. I have a very good experience with this brand every time I use it. It's better than other brands I used and works faster and longer. A great brand that I recommend.

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I chose this brand because I had a coupon for it. Also it seemed like the other medications I tried were not helping very much. It didn't 100% meet my expectations but it came very close and it's been a very good experience. Zyrtec seems to work quicker than any other allergy medication I’ve ever used. It also usually lasts longer than most other allergy medications. It really helps to relieve my itchy watery eyes and sneezing from my allergies and lets me get on with my day. However, it’s a little pricey. But when only taking one a day it seems to not be too bad on price. Also, it never seems to last the full 24 hours the box says it will.

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I had used Zyrtec when I had trouble with allergies as someone in the family had recommended it to me. It seems to be a good brand. Overall my experience has been positive. It seems to work quite quickly, met my expectations, made me feel better, and I didn't feel any side effects.

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I have tried many different allergy medications throughout my life. For the most part I notice no difference when I have tried other allergy medications. I always end up going back to Zyrtec. I have used Zyrtec for many years. Everyone in my family uses it. It works fairly well for day to day allergies. It is fairly inexpensive if we buy it at Sam’s Club in bulk. But there are times when everything is really blooming and the Zyrtec is just not enough. During those times I add **.

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I had tried other brands and Zyrtec seemed to work better or as well as some of the others I have tried. It works quite well and is effective in a short amount of time. Also very reasonably priced, compared to other allergy medication. It also can be taken with the prescription meds that I'm taking. On the other hand, I don't like that the medication does not relieve all of the symptoms of allergy condition. Also, I have to take it more often than called for as the relief does not last as long as I would like it to.

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I like the fact that they are to be taken by mouth, not by injection. Also, they work within 10 minutes and I am relieved for an extended period of time (6-10 hours). They don't have an odd taste and don't make me feel sick after taking them. Most medications make me feel really dizzy, gives me a stomach ache, and/or makes me want to vomit. I also heard a lot of good reviews online and at work. It met 85 percent of my expectations with the exception of not lasting as long as it mentioned. I would prefer it though if they had flavors to make the usage of the medication more enjoyable. I would also like it if they were good for 24 hours instead. It would be nice if the effects were much quicker to happen because sometimes I sneeze uncontrollably and it is embarrassing to have a runny nose while at work. But all in all, it was very good!

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Zyrtec over the counter allergy medicine exceeded my expectations. Having tried multiple other over the counter medicines this is the only one that really seemed to have the effects and relief I so desperately needed. It starts to work really fast and it lasts all day and doesn't lose its effectiveness as the day goes on. The only things I dislike about Zyrtec over the counter allergy medicine is that within the first couple of hours of taking it, it makes me feel a little tired or drowsy but only a mild case and it doesn't last for long.

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Zyrtec works quickly and it has a good price. I read reviews on this product before considering buying, and the quality and effectiveness is efficient. I did enjoy using this and it was recommendations from other users that prompted me to buy it. My biggest influence was Amazon because the purchase is able to be verified. Zyrtec makes me feel as though I do not have any allergies at all but it could be a bit cheaper or more pills for a cheaper price but that is just something that could be fixed, but isn't a problems. A very pleasant experience overall.

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I bought Zyrtec on the recommendation of a friend. It alleviated my symptoms of allergy attacks, sneezing, watery eyes quickly and without any side effects. This medication meets all my requirements for allergy relief. It is one of the best allergy medicines I have taken in the last few years. However, it is a little pricey, I get equal results from Family Dollar brand allergy tablets at 1/5th the cost. This is a substantial savings that I must consider regarding my decision as to which medicine to buy.

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My doctor recommended that I take it. It works really well for me and I have a pretty positive attitude towards it. I like pretty much everything about this medication. Only need to take it once a day. Overall, it meets my expectations. However, some days I feel like I need an extra strength dose, or a second dose.

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I like that Zyrtec stops the watering eyes from outside pollen allergies and makes me breathe better. Although I have asthma and have difficulty breathing otherwise, it still helps. However, it makes me slightly drowsy to the point I feel tired, this isn't good when you have children or operate heavy machinery or even driving. They need a non-drowsy version. It's not a very big pill but it's okay. Nevertheless, I chose Zyrtec because the pharmacist recommended it, it met the expectations I had at the time.

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My Dr recommend for me to take this because I can take it once a day at night. So I take it during the season that I need to take it and it work good at night. I awake clear instead of stuffy. I can buy it over the counter too. But sometimes during the season it seems to add up the cost. Maybe they should sell it in a 90 supply. That way I only have to make one purchase.

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I chose Zyrtec because of the ingredients in it and the price was cheaper than most others. It works well and lasts for a good amount of time. I felt relief from the pressure within minutes and it lasted for a long time. However, I wouldn't mind if it were less expensive or came with more in the package for the price. Most people cannot afford to continually have to buy a small package at the same price just to get the relief for a short period of time.

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I chose this brand because one of the moms I work for used Zyrtec in her children that also had allergies. It worked the first time I tried it so now it's the medication I use all the time. No side effects is awesome. I like this medication because it works great in my allergies and it doesn't have a sleepy side effect. Take it every day. It stops my nose from continuously running and I use way less Kleenex. No more sore nose and watery eyes. But I don't like the taste of the liquid Zyrtec, kids don't care for it either. And the cost is a little higher than other brands. I can never find coupons for Zyrtec either. But I buy it anyways because it works and I save money on buying Kleenex.

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I like how I can trust Zyrtec because it was recommended to me by a doctor. I also have friends who use the product and are happy with it as well. My children can use the same medication because it is safe and recommended from the doctor for them to take as well. But I dislike having to take the medication so often. I also do not like to take the medication too close to when I fall asleep because it makes me have crazy dreams. But other than those, I had a great experience with the medication. Zyrtec met my expectations and made me feel better. I feel a lot better after using the medication and the benefits outweigh the side effects.

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I like Zyrtec because it works when I take it. It also works fairly quickly so I don't have to wait a long time for my symptoms to stop. I can take it and not be drowsy, which allows me to have a productive day. This also means I do not have to miss work, family activities or other responsibilities. But it can be difficult taking it multiple times per day because my schedule is very busy and I have to stop what I'm doing to take medicine. This can be inconvenient because I interact with a lot of people throughout the day. I must put my day on pause so I can take medication so my allergy symptoms will go away.

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I tried many many other brands, actually was prescribed by a doctor a different brand and it seemed to work just fine for a few weeks but then inexplicably just stopped doing the good job it was doing. I like that the Zyrtec pill is small, it only needs to be taken one time every twenty four hours. Although it does not seem to actually work for said twenty four hours. It is over the counter and is quite affordable in its generic form. But I believe it gives me some insomnia if it is taken at night, so I take it in the morning when I get up.

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Zyrtec helps me get rid of my worst symptoms. It helps me stop feeling awful and be able to get on with my day and go about feeling productive and alert and not drowsy like some medicines can do to you. It helps me better than other medications. It meets my needs and doesn't make me tired or dizzy so I feel it is a good medicine. It is a very solid medicine that is beneficial to me and my allergies.

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I was trying to find something that would work without having to take it all the time. Zyrtec fairly quickly reduces symptoms when I use it without having to wait a long time for relief. It is easy to find where I shop on a regular basis which makes it convenient. But it makes me sleepy when I take it. It takes care of my symptoms but I don't like the side effects so I don't take it on a regular basis. Given the choice I will take something else.

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Personally, every time I first take it I feel tired, then I get a rush and my heart starts racing, I have to move around, for like the first hour to 3 hours, then I get really tired again. Tired to the point where I need to sleep, but not as sleepy as **. More like I can do things but I'm still so tired doing it. So, I try to take it at night. You also build a tolerance if taken daily. I have Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria that comes for 3-5 years then goes away for 1-3 years, then comes back. The first time I had CU after a year and a half I had to take 2 pills, then by 4 1/2 years I took 4 pills and it went away by almost 5 years. Then unfortunately after 2 1/2 years I got it again, and luckily 1 pill is working so far, I hope eventually it goes away for good. I know it's not as bad as cancers or any disease but I still don't wish it on anybody. I wish no one had to suffer anything and have to take any medicine to control life.

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My 3 years old daughter started out with some allergies sneezing and runny nose and mild eczema. For a while, she was treated with mild ** for the little skin rash. It took me a while before I realized that children Zyrtec helps with the sneezing and itchy rash. She was given 5 mL at first. After a few day when she feel itchy again I would give her another dose. Without realizing that it's been a year now and she's been needing a dose every 36 hours. We started becoming more aggressive with treating what I thought was eczema as her itch and rash is becoming more serve.

They recommended to increase her dose to 10mg/day. It got to the point where her rashes is spreading everywhere, we started treating the rash with topical steroid. Now the rash and the sneeze has gone away but she is still itching. There is no visible rash or inflammation but she is ripping her skin out all over her body. She won't stop until she get her does of Zyrtec. I've always worry about giving her medication but never did I look up if there's a side effect to her taking Zyrtec routinely. Why doesn't physician warm people about this medication? It is available to anyone over the counter without the need to consult a doctor or pharmacist. This drug should be taken off the market. Now, How can I stop the medication without my 4 years old suffering the intolerable itch?

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I have been on Zyrtec for over twenty years and within the last six months developed itching to the point of skin scarring. I thought maybe it was because I was on it so long that my body got used to it and it was no longer effective. I have been so itchy on my back, ears, legs, arms and just about everywhere that I didn't know what to do. Yesterday I went to the pharmacy and spoke with the pharmacist who suggested I try a different antihistamine. I started ** this morning. Fingers crossed that this will help to alleviate my itching problem. This drug is bad and the scary part about it is that my doctor doesn't even know it.

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I was prescribed Cetirizine/Zyrtec about a month ago by going to ER because I had an allergic reaction from something. I started the medicine and seems like when I take it and wake up the next day I am full of hives from head to toe. My face and eyes are swollen all the time and the hives are humongous. The itching redness from them are unbelievable. So I went to my primary and he told me to take them for a week and if the issue still there he will refer me to an allergist. Well I flushed them because those pills were causing me hives all over my body. I thought I had bed bugs or dust mites and got rid of all my furniture. Surely something can be done to remove this medicine from off the shelves.

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I have been taking the generic Zyrtec from Walgreens for 7 years. I have suffered with seasonal allergies all my life and was given ** or ** as a young child, and slept most my life away. So yes my quality life has improved but I ran out a few nights ago. Woke up the next morning with a little headache. Took some **. Didn't think much of it. The next day I woke up and bam I had a migraine, white spots in back of my throat, my whole body ached, abdominal pain, couldn't get out of bed, my head was foggy. Thought I was getting a very bad Virus. Had all the symptoms. Weird Right? So my brother thankfully picked up my allergy meds so that night I took it. The next morning still had a small headache but the other symptoms were pretty much gone. It was very hard for me to imagine withdrawal from allergy medication. So I guess I just have to keep taking them!

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After reading everyone else's reviews on this site, I'm thankful I'm not alone! I have been taking Zyrtec for 3 years at my doctor's recommendation to help control my asthma systems. I decided to finally go for extensive allergy testing and the doctor told me to stop the Zyrtec 3 days prior. I then decided I was tired of being so dependent on this drug anyway and have stopped taking it a week ago. Days 1 and 2 were fine, days 3 and 4 were plagued by horrible itching and NO sleep thanks to the itching. Itching in places you should never scratch! I'm on day 9 now and the itching had subsided but it's still there. I have scratched myself bloody and my legs and feet at bruised! Nothing really seems to help except for a hot shower and therapeutic grade lavender oil. There really needs to be a warning on Zyrtec about the withdrawals!

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Available in tablet, gel cap, dissolving tablet and children’s syrup form, Zyrtec is an antihistamine that works within one hour of dosage to reduce the effects of natural chemical histamine in the bodies of adults and children. Zyrtec is available without a prescription at major pharmacies and retail chains nationwide.

  • Wide availability: Allergy sufferers can find relief without making a visit to the doctor’s office since Zyrtec is available at major pharmacies and stores without a prescription. Consumers can also buy Zyrtec online at several major retailers.
  • Zyrtec app: Download the Zyrtec app for free on your mobile device to get updated allergy forecasts, keep track of your symptoms and find out how the pollen count is affecting allergy sufferers in your part of town. You can also customize your notifications to be alerted whenever pollen is high in your location.
  • Allergy resources: Visit Zyrtec’s webpage for information on how to minimize indoor allergies, how to deal with allergies to dogs and other furry animals and more.
  • Available for children: Children as young as two years old who suffer from allergies can find relief with Zyrtec’s specially formulated children’s dissolving tablets or syrup. Consult with your child’s pediatrician before using on a child younger than two years old.
  • Indoor and outdoor relief: Zyrtec can relieve both indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms, so you only need to take one pill instead of several to effectively manage all of your allergy symptoms.
  • Best for Zyrtec is best for adults and children who need antihistamine relief.

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