Zyrtec, a brand of cetirizine will soon be available without prescription. The good news: 1) No doctor visit required to purchase this antihistamine. 2) Availability of a potent, low sedating anthistamine markedy increases. 3) Zyrtec is less sedating than many other OTC antihistamines and is available in a once daily preparation. Loratadine is the only other once daily low or non-sedating antihistamine available OTC (but less potent compared to Zyrtec according to a number of clinical trials). The bad news: 1) Zyrtec may be less affordable to many patients and probably cost considerably more than previous copays (which covered a 30-60 day supply). 2) The quantity of OTC meds sold, are usually less than a 30 day supply. More frequent trips to the pharmacy may be required unless one is prepared to spend more for larger quantities. 3) Prices may fluctuate more month to month (good when it goes down). 4) Patients with moderate to severe allergic nasal disease...
There are currently only a handful of what are considered second-generation antihistamines. These are drugs that can prevent allergy symptoms while NOT causing the drowsiness that most of the first-generation antihistamines brought on. The original second-generation drugs included Claritin, Allegra, and Zyrtec. Though all are similar in action and scope, each one has been approved for slightly different uses by the FDA. A couple of years ago, Claritin's patent expired and it went both generic AND over the counter. There are now any number of different brand name versions of the drug originally marketed under the Claritin brand. The FDA also approved over the counter use of Claritin, which means you can buy it at any pharmacy counter without a doctor's prescription. Many drugs originally sold only by prescription have gone over the counter (OTC) during the last decade or so. The reason for this loosening of the medication regulations is that the ...
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