There are so many choices out there for allergies. And since allergies can trigger an asthma attack, it's something our family likes to try to control.
I was reading the summer issue of Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, and found some interesting information under the 'comments to the editor' section about allergy medicine. Dr. Martha White wrote a column in the Spring issue where she said that Zyrtec was non sedating (it's not supposed to make you tired). However, another doctor - Dr. William Howland - wrote a comment to the editor saying that the Zyrtec label says some people may be so drowsy that they shouldn't be drive their car. Many people can probably take Zyrtec without feeling really tired. It doesn't seem to bother The Teenagers. But it makes me so tired that I can't get out of bed.
I'll include a photo of Dr.Martha White's comments (since I can't find that section of the magazine online.)
She lists the sedation rate of Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec. (Sedation is what makes you REALLY tired! You know - the kind of tired where you just want to curl up on the couch and take a nap......)
From reading her comment, it looks like Claritin has a sedation rate of 8%, Allergra is 1.3%, and Zyrtec is 13.7%. Since everyone is different, you have to see what works for you. Asthma Doc has The Teenagers take their medicine at night, so they will sleep through the drowsy side effects. That seems to do the trick for them.
But talk to your doctor and see what works best for you. You can buy small bottles of different allergy medicines and see which one you like. Just don't drive if it makes you sleepy!!
And stock up on boxes of tissues!!!