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Old 08-27-09, 10:34 PM
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Need a new allergy medicine

Drixoral 12-hour Cold/Allergy is no longer available due to the company "relocating the manufacturing facility." A fine time for them to do such a thing, I guess I'll just have to go for their more recent/$$$ product. Bastards. The magic ingredients are Pseudoephedrine Sulfate (120mg) and Dexbrompheniramine Maleate (6mg). Its allegedly available in canada, is it a big deal to order from the US?

What does everyone use for their allergies? has anyone found a suitable replacement for drixoral? I tried a 3-day sample of claritin once and it didnt do anything for me. Maybe I need claritin-D?
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you're in chicago,it's not that far to drive to canada and get a ninety day supply from a drugstore and return home.just don't forget your passport.take your s.o. and call it a dirty weekend.
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Allergy shots, no more drugs needed.

Before that I swore by Flonase.
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Old 08-28-09, 12:23 AM
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I use locally harvested honey to treat my allergies. Have not had to take allergy medicine for several years now. Look for lighter honey in the spring and dark honey in the fall.
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Originally Posted by <3 2 Ride View Post
I use locally harvested honey to treat my allergies. Have not had to take allergy medicine for several years now. Look for lighter honey in the spring and dark honey in the fall.
crazy. I've never been tested for what I'm specifically allergic to, but I guess if it was flowers this could work. Mine always start in the middle of august and go until we get a hard frost. Spring allergies are usually brief and not enough to bother with medication. Maybe I'll stop by the farmers market this weekend, thanks
https://health.howstuffworks.com/loca...-allergies.htm
https://www.pioneerthinking.com/to_honey2009.html
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just bought some generic equivalent to Zyrtec....its doing an ok job right now.
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
just bought some generic equivalent to Zyrtec....its doing an ok job right now.
what is it? Do you take it day or night. My MD just reccomended I switch from ClaritinD to Zyrtec and to take it at night, as it tends to make people sleepy.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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damn, thats cheap. Same dosage as zyrtec.
https://www.amazon.com/Cetirizine-Hyd.../dp/B00194508I
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Originally Posted by black_box View Post
crazy. I've never been tested for what I'm specifically allergic to, but I guess if it was flowers this could work. Mine always start in the middle of august and go until we get a hard frost. Spring allergies are usually brief and not enough to bother with medication. Maybe I'll stop by the farmers market this weekend, thanks
https://health.howstuffworks.com/loca...-allergies.htm
https://www.pioneerthinking.com/to_honey2009.html
Bees collect pollen from more than just flowers. Sounds to me like perhaps a ragweed allergy. The dark honey works well for this as that is the honey bees make later in the season, so it contains the ragweed pollen. It will take several days to build up in your system, then you should be free.
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I have a hard time getting the honey into the syringe to inject. Any tips?
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
I have a hard time getting the honey into the syringe to inject. Any tips?
Warm it up.
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just dilute it in this:


Wisconsin might be considered "local", that might be just what I need.
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Originally Posted by <3 2 Ride View Post
Warm it up.
I tried that, but once I got the syringe hot, it was hard to hold onto.
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massive doses of benadryl
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Zyrtec + Flonase
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If you have the balls to try it:

https://www.sinusbuster.com/allergy-b...ml#page=page-1

It works. All natural. Clears you right up!

I bought it on a whim, and it has changed my life. I will be sneezing like crazy, if I then use the Allergy Buster nasal spray, i clear up and can breathe and wont sneeze for a few hours.

Just...dont spray it in your eyes...

I really do use it though. I have a few guys at work that have tried the sinus buster and said it has made a huge difference with their sinus pain/headaches. Being all natural, it wont interact with anything. Homeopathic. It is a very INTENSE sensation the first few times you use it, but then it isnt too bad, you expect it I suppose...

If you have itchy eyes, I would try to find Similasan brand allergy eye drops. Again, Homeopathic. They also dont burn like some allergy eye drops do.

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You could also try nasal irrigation (such as with a neti pot).
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Chenopods (weeds basically) are high right now and will be for another month or so here. It's killing me right now too and nothing is helping. I'll try the honey idea.
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Originally Posted by nymtber View Post

Being all natural, it wont interact with anything. Homeopathic.
I'm hearing people talk like this more and more these days and it baffles me.

First off, the ragweed, pollen, and whatnot are also natural, but they seem to "interact" quite a bit with your immune system.

Other "all natural" things:

bee venom, spider venom, snake venom.
Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac.
Many of the mushrooms found in your backyard: https://www.nemf.org/files/lincoff/be...fatal_pix.html
Bacteria, virii.
Hydrogen sulfide
My fists of death.
The list goes on.

I'm all for remedies that don't come from a lab. There is some science to back up things like local honey and cabbage leaves (really cool use for those!). However, most of the crap in "health foods" stores should be labeled p-l-a-c-e-b-o. If it could pass a double-blind study the manufacturer would do it in a second and multiply the price by 100 and milk the insurance companies.
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Tavist, the generic form is Clemastine Fumarate. I take a half a pill at at time.
You can get them in small amounts to try. Try taking a half just before you go to
bed.
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Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
damn, the active ingredient is capsaicin. Isn't that like snorting hot peppers?
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Originally Posted by DallasSoxFan View Post
First off, the ragweed, pollen, and whatnot are also natural, but they seem to "interact" quite a bit with your immune system.
Yes, basically allergies are what happens when the body's mechanism for dealing with parasites goes haywire and overreacts to things in the natural environment.

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I'm all for remedies that don't come from a lab. There is some science to back up things like local honey and cabbage leaves (really cool use for those!). However, most of the crap in "health foods" stores should be labeled p-l-a-c-e-b-o. If it could pass a double-blind study the manufacturer would do it in a second and multiply the price by 100 and milk the insurance companies.
Allergy shots (immunotolerance or immunotherapy), while not easy logistically (it takes a bit of dedication), are actually a natural remedy. They start by treating you with an extremely low dose of what you are allergic too, and then very gradually increase it. It is re-training your immune system to learn that these substances are normal and not to attack them anymore.
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Originally Posted by black_box View Post
Drixoral 12-hour Cold/Allergy is no longer available [..]
black_box - I lived this episode, too. When it was getting "hard to find" (ie: ID req'd; limit 2, etc.), an out-of-state friend sent it thru the mail so I had an adequate supply. My symptom was a constant sore throat, and was only diagnosed when my regular doc was out of town and his sub noticed my slightly puffy eyes (which I didn't) and recommended Drixoral. It worked perfectly for years. I only seem to have a problem around the last three months of the year, not when everything is in bloom. Anyway..

A pharmacist, who also took Drix. in the past, recommended Chlor-Trimeton also from Schering-Plough. Active ingredient: 4mg of Chlorpheniramine Maleate - another antihistamine. I've only used it a few times last year and it seems to have worked, though my sore throat was not as bad as in past years. The problem is it only lasts 4 hours instead of Drix.'s 12. And, yes, I could tell when the 4 hours was up(!).

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Yeah, 4 hours is not enough. I think I tried that stuff once before but also took a separate decongestant (which was probably pseudoephedrine HCl).

I decided to try a 10-pack of the claritin-D, which uses the same decongestant as Drixoral (PE sulfate), and it seems to be working. The 1st and 2nd days I was quite drowsy, but less so today (day 3). Maybe the timing of taking the pill then later having my morning coffee is helping
I take a 12-hour pill in the morning, nothing at night. I'm only 135 lbs so a "normal" dose seems to be enough to last.
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