(Closed) Who Says Zyrtec Is Non-Drowsy ?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Lol I won’t call you an alien, but it is surprising.  Benadryl makes me a total zombie, but Zyrtec doesnt’ really affect me….

At least you didn’t take it on your wedding day!

Post # 4
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have been taking Zyrtec since it was a prescription and it has never made me sleepy or dizzy!

Post # 6
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

That’s not good!  Although Zyrtec is marketed as a “non-sedating antihistamine,” there are people who find it sedating.  I’ve also heard it referred to as “low-sedating” because most people find it less sedating than something like benadryl.

The antihistamine properties typically last for 24 hours, so taking it at bedtime might be a better option (so you’ll be asleep while it’s initially working).

Note: this is not meant to be personal medical advice.  Always ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your medical care.

Post # 9
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@EvaBostonTerrier: Oh yeah, maybe it’s because I take it at night?  My doctor recommended that because I was waking up with a really bad stuffy nose and they thought taking at night would help me with morning allergies.

Post # 10
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283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Haha, you’re not alone! I used to take zyrtec during the fall, but a couple of hours into the morning I would be rendered virtually unconcious at work, lol. I guess some of us are just more sensitive than others!

Post # 11
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2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Zyrtec makes FH really drowsy- he has found tha Flonase (sp?) works

Post # 13
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2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@PrncssDva: It’s a nasal spray but he hasn’t had any nose bleeds that he’s mentioned. We’re in the peak of a really nasty allergey season (I’ve never been affected before and now I’m miserable) and he started it last Monday- and keeps commenting on how clear he is.

Post # 15
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94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I actually went to the doctor to have blood work done last year because I was ALWAYS soo tired.  Long story short, it was the Zyrtec causing my drowsiness!  It was unfortunate because Zyrtec keeps my allergies under control better than most allergy meds, but I had to stop taking it.  So you are not the only one!!

Post # 16
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1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I was prescribed Zyrtec (back when it was prescription only) when I was in middle school and nobody told me it could cause drowsiness.  I took it in the morning before school and by 1 or 2 pm, I was literally holding my eyes open.  I take it every night now (luckily generic, non-rx!) and I think it actually helps me sleep!  So you are not alone in getting really tired from it.  If your allergies are bad, you might want to take Zyrtec at night, and if they get worse take some Claritin, which is non-drowsy.

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