If you haven't gotten the relief you want from your current allergy medicine, there's a new drug on the market that might be worth talking with your doctor about.
It's called Xyzal® (generic name: levocetirizine dihydrochloride) and it's an antihistamine already used in more than 80 countries worldwide to treat both indoor and outdoor allergies, as well as a skin condition called idiopathic urticaria.
The medication is being marketed in the US by drugmakers UCB and sanofi-aventis. Studies have shown that Xyzal significantly reduces common allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose, and itchy eyes.
In my opinion, finding relief for allergies is somewhat of a trial and error situation. And what works well for one person doesn't always do the same for someone else. I know that I've always gotten the best relief from Allegra. But I know other people who swear by Claritin or Zyrtec.
According to an Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America survey, 60 percent of people taking a prescription antihistamine were interested in finding a different treatment for their allergies.
So, the bottom line is that if—like the survey respondents—you're not happy with your allergy treatment, it might be time to ask your doctor if Xyzal might be right for you.
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