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Saturday, September 27, 2008 joyce, Community Member, asks

Q: Is there a comparable drug to singular?

I was taking singular for allergies and can no longer afford it because of  no insurance.  Is there a comparable drug over the counter?  Right now I am taking equate 24 hr allergy certirizine hydrochloride 10/mg antihistanmine but it makes me very sleepy. 

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10/ 1/08 3:21am

Joyce,

 

Another over the counter antihistamine is Claritin/Loratidine, which is not supposed to make you sleepy. However, Zyrtec does not commonly cause drowsiness either, so the fact that you are experiencing that side effect may mean you are more susceptible. Still, the Claritin is probably worth a try. You might also try an antihistamine nasal spray and/or a nasal saline rinse, like the Netti Pot.

 

To your health,

Kathi

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Tammi, Community Member
3/27/09 9:59am

No, there is no other drug that works like singular. It has a chemical all on it's own and nothing compares to it. I have the same problem and I can see the difference in my breathing since I'm not taking it. Good Luck on finding something.

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S. Turner, Community Member
4/13/10 9:46pm

I have insurance but they will only cover $12.  That leaves me paying $127.  Singular works on my allergies while none of the others do.  So, I have looked and tried everything I can get my hands on to no avail.

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Sue, Community Member
6/ 5/10 10:07am

Singular is a wonder drug for me.  I can breathe and live normally when I take it.  However, my insurance only covers a small portion so I cannot afford the luxury of breathing and living a normal life in the San Joaquin Valley.  Why do the drug companies charge so much!  It is truely a shame on them.

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Emma, Community Member
8/ 8/12 4:18pm

Right... why do they charge so much! it really is a shame...

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Joy, Community Member
11/13/11 12:10pm

I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada and trying to retire so my budget is restricted. What a surprise when I ran out of the free samples the Dr gave me and I had to pay $92 for 30 of them. I cannot afford that and yet Singular is very effective for me. Damn it all anyway.

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Emma, Community Member
8/ 8/12 4:17pm

I, Like all of the above people NEED to take singular but because its so expensive- I cant do so. Its the ONLY medication that helps with all of my allergy related issues... just came from the pharmacy from buying yet another off brand product, trying to see how it makes me feel. Lord knows, if I find one that works..I'll share. Someone that I know with the same issue said that Advil cold and sinus works well for her... but I cant see taking a "cold" medicine on a routine schedule.. liver damage is around the corner.

 

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rc, Community Member
10/23/12 10:01am

it is now in a generic form and available at costco for less than $40.00 with no insurance.

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Ken Read, Community Member
1/ 1/13 9:16pm

Can you tell us the name of the generic form

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cindy, Community Member
6/ 4/14 12:41pm

Montelukast is the generic name

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Sandra Hester, Community Member
1/18/13 10:51am

Is there a cheap substitute for Singular?

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Sandra Hester, Community Member
1/18/13 10:51am

Is there a cheap substitute for Singular?

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Diane, Community Member
6/ 7/14 2:07pm
You can go to the drug company web site that manufactures Singular and get a card that will allow you to purchase the brand name Singular for the generic price. It's saves me almost $40.00 a month as it's not even covered on government subsidized drug benefits. I tried the generic and found it was not nearly as effective but at least now I'm able to pay almost half the amount. Reply
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By joyce, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/07/14, First Published: 09/27/08