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      05.08.2013 21:32
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      Clear your head without maximum effort!

      I dread this time of year, as I don't enjoy the warm weather at all; you must think why....? Simple answer hay fever.
      I have suffered from hay fever all my life, the worst time for me was when I went away on touring caravan holidays with my parents. Guaranteed every time we was a way I got ill because of grass pollen.

      Ever since childhood I have taken some antihistamine or other to give relief from the dreaded hay fever.
      I have been allergic to cats too and took them for that also. However since owing a cat (recently died), I found I became immune and no longer needed to take allergy relief for it.

      The packaging~

      The box is very informative, displaying good information about the product at the front of the box. There is picture of a capsule and it says that active within twenty minutes of taking. I am told they are Benadryl allergy relief Acrivastine.
      The dosage is as follows:
      Adults and children 12-65 , take one capsule when needed up to three times a day. Take no more that three in a twenty four hour period.
      Not recommended for adults over sixty five years or children under twelve years.

      We are told that these are used for the relief for Dust allergies, hay fever, pet allergies and skin allergies.
      Each capsule contains 8mg of acrivastine.
      WARNING, this product may make you feel drowsy, if this happens do not drive or operate machinery.

      Verdict~

      These are absolutely fantastic and do work within a quarter of an hour as stated. Each capsule comes in a blister pack that you simply remove from. Each capsule has like a plastic coating around it. They do not smell of anything. I simply take these with a glass of water.
      The amount I take depends on how bad the hay fever is on the day.

      Sneezing stops my eyes stop running and my nose stops itching. I will most certainly be purchasing these again. An absolute essential if going on holiday and a must to keep in the first aid kit.

      Available from all good chemists or super markets for around 2.00 a box.

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        07.04.2013 17:40
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        This is expensive, but it stops my prickly heat effectively so I feel it's worth the price

        It was only a few years ago that I started having problems with prickly heat. I'd never even heard of it before and still don't fully understand what caused me to start having it. I was on a tour in America and we stopped in Phoenix Arizona. I hadn't realized just how hot it was and walked out of the hotel to go to the nearest store to buy fruit and juice without putting on any sun protection. The next thing I knew was that my arms and legs were starting to itch and they were bright red. Fortunately I turned round and went back to the hotel. I got in a cold shower and everything eased off apart from the itching which got worse and worse. It did eventually stop but it was quite a frightening experience. To this day I don't know if it was the sun that caused the itching or if I'd been stung by something.

        I didn't think any more about it and was fine until a couple of years later when I suddenly started to feel the itching again. This time I was in the house but it was mid-summer and was hot. The only way I could get and relief was to roll around on the floor semi naked using the carpet as a back scratcher (not a pleasant sight). It did eventually calm down but I went to the chemist and spoke to the pharmacist who said that he thought I was suffering from prickly heat and recommended antihistamines.

        Histamine is a protein that helps to prevent infection. If your immune system feels that it's being attacked it releases more histamine into the cells around the object that's causing the infection and that causes swelling. This in turn allows more white blood cells to fight the infection. It can also affect the nerves in the skin which results in itchiness. Sometimes the immune system thinks that something harmless, such as pollen, is attacking it and so starts to release histamine unnecessarily and that's when you need something to stop it - hence antihistamines.

        This does seem to make sense with my prickly heat - for some reason my body thinks it's being attacked and the histamine affects the nerves in my skin causing the itchiness. If I scratch it, then my body thinks the attack is getting worse and so the itchiness gets more pronounced. Only by calming the nerves do the symptoms stop.

        When the pharmacist recommended antihistamines, there were a variety of brands available, but I decided to try Benadryl mainly because I had heard of it and it was quite expensive compared to the others (I thought that expensive = effective).

        Benadryl Allergy Relief capsules come in a blue and white box with 24 capsules in foil tabs. You can buy them in packs of 12, but I prefer to always have a good supply on hand. The front of the box shows a stopwatch adding 'active in 15 minutes on skin allergies' and 'lasts 8 hours'. It shows that it can be used for:-

        Hay fever
        Dust allergies
        Pet allergies
        Skin allergies

        The instructions say that it can also be used to relieve the symptoms of urticaria (hives and itchy skin rash).

        Dosage is simple - for adults and children aged 12 - 65, you take one capsule as necessary up to 3 times a day. However they should not be used by adults over the age of 65 and children under 12 years old. They claim that the product does not cause drowsiness, but I find that they do make me a bit tired. It does state, though, that as a precaution you should not operate machinery or drive after taking Benadryl. Nor should you take it if you're under the influence of alcohol.

        I can now recognize when I'm going to have an attack - I start to feel hot in parts of my body (usually the arms or legs) and there are the tell-tale signs of slight itchiness. I know I must under no circumstances start to scratch, so I take a Benadryl straight away and cool the area with a cold gel pack. I've found that it does take longer than the claimed 15 minutes for the capsules to take effect and the itching to stop - it's more like half an hour - but during that time the symptoms don't seem to get any worse. I also don't usually need to take any more doses - the one capsule eventually clears the itchiness and all symptoms are gone in an hour or so.

        I don't, thankfully, suffer from any other allergies, such as hay fever, so I can't comment on the effectiveness of Benadryl Allergy Relief other than for my prickly heat, but it does work for that and is very effective, so I would thoroughly recommend it.

        As for price, it's not cheap. A pack of 12 costs around £3.80 whereas a box of 24 is in the region of £7.70. Boots currently have them on offer at buy one get the second half price, but I think that for the relief they give me £7.70 is not too bad, and one box lasts me almost an entire year.

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          15.06.2012 22:50
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          Get these on offer! Relatively good for relieving hay fever symptoms

          This year I seem to be suffering from hayfever tremendously bad. Sneezing everywhere, an EXTREMELY itchy throat and red blotchy eyes...all in all it's just unattractive to be "achoo-ing" everywhere on the tube, with all people trying to avoid me and my splutter of germs like the plague. When at work today, my friend and I had enough so when she was out on her lunch break I asked her to pick me up some relief. After a previous unsuccessful attempt at trying to remedy my illness (yes it's an illness!) With a store brand version, I gave her £5 and asked her to get me whatever was advised by the pharmacist in boots.

          My colleague returned with this Benadryl Allergy Relief, suggested by a staff member in the boots pharmacist as recommended to relieve the symptoms of hayfever and other allergies e.g. pet or dust allergies. 


          *** The product ***

          This product contains as an active ingredient Acrivastine 8mg. Acrivastine is an antihistamine for the treatment of allergies such as hayfever. Unlike cetirizine or loratadine, the standard dosage of which is one tablet every day, a single acrivastine tablet may be taken up to three times a day, which allows me to feel more proactive in helping my suffering! Whereas I have had other forms of allergy relief which was loratadine as the active ingredient I could only take it once a day, an although I felt it did not work (in any way!) I was unable to take anything else to ease my sneeze-a-thon as the dosage would be too high. 

          It should be noted that these  Acrivastine based capsules can make it substantially more expensive than cetirizine or loratadine. Additionally, acrivastine is taken as a capsule, whereas cetirizine and loratadine are usually sold as tablets.

          The product is a white gelatine capsule, which I purchased in blister packs of 12 which cost £4.99! Eek! I didn't tell my friend off too much though, as boots had a buy one get one free offer on (most likely the main reason the staff member suggested she buy it!)

          *** How to Use *** 
          Relief Capsules:
          For oral use. Swallow with a glass of water. (cheeky note that I drank mine with apple juice as I hate water!)

          Adults and children aged 12 - 65 years: Take one capsule as necessary up to three times a day.

          Adults over 65 years: Not recommended.

          Children under 12 years: Not recommended.

          If you take more capsules than you should, talk to a doctor or pharmacist immediately.
          If you forget to take Benadryl Allergy Relief, just take the next dose as soon as you remember. Do not take a double dose.

          ~ Hazards and Cautions ~ 

          Do not take Benadryl Allergy Relief if:
          If you have ever had a reaction to this product or to any of its ingredients or the antihistamine Triprolidine.

          You have kidney disease.

          Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you are already taking:

          Any sedatives or tranquillisers, as their effects may be increased if taken with this product.

          Ketoconazole (an antifungal to treat fungal infections) or Erythromycin (an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections)

          Do not drink grapefruit juice while taking Benadryl Allergy Relief. (weird right?! Still not entirely sure why!) 

          Not recommended during pregnancy or whilst breast-feeding.

          Driving and machinery:
          In most people Benadryl Allergy Relief does not cause drowsiness. However, there are rare exceptions and you should take care when you use this product for the first time. If this product makes you feel drowsy, do not drive or operate machinery. Benadryl Allergy Relief should not be taken whilst under the influence of alcohol.

          *** My Opinion ***

          When I took this today I had a million things going on. Having only had roughly 5 hours sleep from leaving work late the night before. (I got home at 1.30am!) up to get a 2 year old ready for nursery and back to work for 9.30 I had a splitting headache, mother nature was visiting so I was moody and had tons of work to do so sneezing everywhere was ticking me right off. I first took this capsule around 11am and probably felt a slight difference within 30 mins. When you got a lot to do this is a long time! But could just do with my inpatience.

          I'll give these capsules credit where it's due that when I noticed an effect, my throat completely didn't itch (hoorah!) and I sneezed a lot less, but just seemed to have a constantly runny nose for the rest of the day...is this normal? It certainly wasn't what I was expecting! So constantly had a tissue rolled up my sleeve like an 80 year old but was vast improvement on sneezing everywhere. 

          The capsules are on the large size, but I don't mind as they are perfectly easy to swallow and take. As they are sealed they have no direct taste which I definitely liked. 

          Being really busy today I have constantly been on the go so I only took the one this morning, and probably around 5 I sneezed couple times on my way home but still nowhere near as bad as what I was doing in the morning! Certainly not enough I felt the need to have to take another one. 

          11 hours on I still feel relatively hayfever free, with the odd wipe of my nose. I would recommend these capsules but I'm still on the hunt for perfect hayfever relief, (ones that don't leave me with a constant runny nose!) and also hopefully at a more pocket friedly price! £4.99 is a bit steep so boots are lucky these are buy one, get one half price, effectively around £2.49 a pack which is more reasonable. I've got quite a few left of this pack yet and more so will stick with these for the time being. 

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            26.06.2011 10:40
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            A simple tablet which gives good results

            Recently I have been suffering from Hayfever pretty badly and this is mainly due to the fact the local council have decided to cut the grass every day all week long and it has got to me quite badly.

            When you are sneezing and have sinus issues it can be so frustrating and I try to buy the right medication to assist me and sometimes nothing work but I found Benadryl fast relief actually did.

            I took one of the tablets which to be honest are not huge but difficult to swallow for me because I tend to rush them down and not take my time and the box does state they work in 15 minutes.

            This is not true the symptoms I had eventually begun to disappear after around 45 minutes to an hour so it was not an instant fix but the symptoms began to subside pretty quickly after that. I decided to take one every day for a week and see how I was at the end.

            I found my symptoms had gone completely and I felt pretty good about everything the sneezing was gone and the sinus issues a distant memory.

            The box does say that an adult can take no more than 3 capsules a day and things but I took just the one purely because I did feel some sort of tiredness and yet I don't think they are drowsy.

            Inside the pack I got 12 tablets and they were all inside special seals which you pop to open and you need to take a liquid with these otherwise they might lodge in the throat. I did get one stuck once and the taste was pretty bad and it can make you feel sick so water is advised.

            Another description on the box states it can last 8 hours one tablet and I would say that is pretty accurate during the course of the day the symptoms would disappear and then gradually come back and haunt me later in the day.

            However, the symptoms were not as bad as they were before I took the tablet. In terms of the relief it does work and they are pretty good. The downside is the price for just a pack of 12 you are look at over £3.50 and that can be expensive.

            The drowsy part is what gets to me because some tablets which state non drowsy do make me tired and some do not and I think this would be the same for everyone each of us has a different response to all sorts of medication.

            Compared to other relief on the market for the same problems these tablets are roughly the same in terms of the effects and speed and I would say that although you can take three of these a day one will do just as well.

            This tablet also helps with other issues to do with allergies and also they help with itchiness as well apparently which I have had no experience with so unsure how good that is with these tablets.

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            11.07.2010 21:36
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            The best antihistamine I've used, good for a variety of allergies.

            I suffer from occasional hay fever, allergies to various animals and one mild food allergy, I'm never without a pack of Benadryl in my drawer or handbag! There are several varieties available but I always use the original, standard 'Allergy Relief' tablets, whose main ingredient is Acrivastine. These are currently available from Boots priced at £4.29 for a pack of 12 capsules.

            Lots of other allergy relief tablets can only be taken once a day, and I've found that the effects tend to wear off before the end of the day so you're left struggling with symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, blotchy skin etc. and unable to do much about it! However original Benadryl can be taken up to 3 times a day if needed, with each capsule lasting about 8 hours so you can feel confident that you'll be able to deal with your allergies or hay fever for most of the day, and that you'll be able to get to sleep which can be really hard when you can't stop sneezing!

            The front of the packet claims that the capsules start working within 15 minutes. I've found this to be roughly accurate although it obviously varies from person to person and from situation to situation. I've found that it takes the longest to work with animal allergies at about 20 minutes and has so far been fastest at dealing with the food allergy, at about 5 minutes.

            The main side effect from most antihistamines is drowsiness, but I haven't suffered too badly from this with Benadryl. I find that if I'm a bit tired anyway, Benadry will exacerbate that but on a normal day it doesn't stop me being able to concentrate and get on with things. Of course, you shouldn't operate any heavy machinery and be careful about things like driving etc.

            The capsules are quite big, so people who struggle to swallow tablets or dislike doing so may struggle with them. I find that they are very easy to take, they are the plastic looking type rather than powdery so there's no unpleasant taste. As with all other medicines, don't forget to read the leaflet! Benadryl aren't recommended for children under 12 or adults over 65 so you may need to keep an alternative product in your medicine cabinet if you live with someone from those groups (or are one yourself of course!) and there is a very unusual warning, you shouldn't drink grapefruit juice when you take these tablets! Of course, everybody knows grapefruit juice is horrid stuff so I'm sure weren't going to do that anyway!

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              03.04.2010 20:59
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              An allergy treatment that keeps the symptoms of my hayfever at bay.

              With spring upon on us and summer hopefully on its way I decided to give the grass the first cut of the year last weekend, in an effort to stop my back garden from looking like a jungle. Before cutting the grass I foolishly did not take a Benadryl so as soon as I started to cut the grass the pesky histamine started to attack. My eyes were watering and itchy, my nose running and I was also sneezing every 10 seconds. Not the best of state to be in whilst mowing. As soon as I finished, I trotted off to the medicine cabinet and took a Benadryl capsule, luckily, within 30 minutes it had got to work and my symptoms subsided drastically. Although I take Benadryl for hayfever they can be used to relieve the symptoms of allergies such as pet or house dust mite and skin allergies.

              Hayfever or going by its more official name, seasonal allergic rhinitis, for those that don't know is an allergic reaction to substances in the air, such as pollen. The pollen gets into the upper respiratory passages as well as the throat, eyes, nose and sinuses. The pollen then causes the body to produce antibodies and also release histamine. Symptoms of hayfever such as sneezing, itching, watering eyes, coughing and wheezing occur because histamine is an irritant. There are different types of pollen to be wary of, including: tree pollen (elder, elm, hazel and birch) and grass and flower pollen. Some people suffer from perennial allergic rhinitis which is similar but sufferers have symptoms all year round (which must be awful) from allergens such as dust mites and pets.

              I've had hayfever for many years, it started when I was a teenager and since then I've not been able to shake it off. Symptoms can be quite diverse and vary between people, the main problems for me are runny and itching nose, watery and itchy eyes and a sore throat. If my hayfever is really bad sometimes I start wheezing which can aggravate my asthma. All in all, it's not much fun. Over the years, I've tried many different potions, pills and remedies the majority having very limited success or they have made me drowsy. I've tried just about every antihistamine going all with little effect, that was until I tried Benadryl. Of course, different medications can work for some and not for others so it has been a case of trial and error and what works for one may not work for another.

              The Benadryl capsules are white and contained within a blister pack which sits inside a blue and white box. Each box contains either 12 or 24 capsules. For adults and children aged 12 -65 years one capsule equals one oral dose and the capsule should be swallowed whole with water. They are not suitable for children under the age of 12 or adults over the age of 65 years. Three capsules are the maximum amount that can be taken in any 24 hours but they must be taken at different times in the day as only one capsule can be taken at a time. Generally, if my hayfever isn't too bad I can get away with just taking one capsule a day, if the pollen count is high though or I'm outside lots then I will need the full three a day. One dose is meant to be effective within 15 minutes, I wouldn't say it's as fast as this but it does get to work within 30 minutes normally. The dose is also meant to last for 8 hours. For me, it seems to vary how long I feel the benefit of the dose but generally one dose is pretty long lasting.

              I don't tend to have any difficulty swallowing the capsules because they are smooth and they go down quite easily and without any nasty taste but I wouldn't say they are small. If you have difficulty swallowing medication they may not be suitable.

              They really make a difference to me though, they stop my eyes and nose from itching and also stop me from sneezing and getting a sore throat, without any nasty side effects. I wouldn't say they rid me of hayfever altogether but they definitely keep the symptoms at bay and stop them from being a nuisance.

              As with any medication there are a few hazards and cautions to take into consideration. Which include:-

              Benadryl should not be taken if you have had a reaction to any of its ingredients or to the antihistamine Triprolidine.

              It also should no be taken if you suffer from kidney disease.

              Its use is not recommended during pregnancy or whilst breast feeding.

              Although Benadryl are not supposed to make you feel drowsy on a rare occasion they can cause drowsiness so it's best to exert some caution if taking them for the first time.

              For some reason, the instructions state that grapefruit juice should not be drunk whilst taking Benadryl. Its also important not to consume alcohol whilst taking them.

              One of the downsides of taking Benadryl is the cost involved for long term use. Benadryl contains 8mg of the active ingredient Acrivastine which is a newer generation of anti-histamine. Whilst this means it gets to work much quicker than others and lasts longer this does come at a cost. Unfortunately, whilst quite a lot of well known brands of anti-histamines (like Claritin and Zirtek) have much cheaper generic equivalents, due to patent laws Benadryl does not. A pack of 12 capsules costs £4.29 at the moment in Boots, where as a 24 pack costs £7.39. If you only need to take one once in a while this isn't too expensive but if you need to take them everyday it really is pricey. They are widely available in places such as supermarkets, small shops and chemists, even garages seem to sell them. I tend to find as it heads towards summer they seem to be on special offer quite often, so I usually stock up on a few packets then.

              So not to cause any confusion, these 'standard' Benadryl capsules are different to the 'One a day' Benadryl capsules that come in an orange box as they contain the anti-histamine Cetirizine dihydrochloride which is the same as Zirtek.

              I'd say if you suffer from hayfever and haven't tried these yet, give them a go :O).

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                16.06.2009 16:28
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                quality medicine if a little expensive

                Over the last couple of years, i like many people have developed a touch of hay fever. Whatever the reason for this increase in hay fever sufferers, an effective remedy is in demand.

                Mine wasn't a particularly strong case with symptoms manifesting themselves in the form of a mild early morning sniffle and not much else.

                However, last year i got contact lenses, and since then, come hay fever season i've been prone to itchy eyes. I decided that enough was enough and turned to Benadryl for help.

                As the box proudly advertises, one benadryl tablet takes effect withing 15 minutes and can last up to 8 hours.

                It provides relief from allergy symptoms (including hay fever) and the effects of urticaria (hives and itchy rashes) and retails at approx £3.99 for 12 tablets.

                Each capsule contains 8 mg of Acrivastine, but it also contains Lactose, so intolerents beware!

                Easily taken with water, the capsule is quite small, each tablet being about 1cm long and can be taken 3 times per 24 hours, but PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST BEFORE TAKING IF YOU ARE PREGNANT.

                Anyone who suffers badly with allergies may need to take a stronger variety of this, but for me, an occasional sufferer in need of temporary relief, this does the trick nicely. Thank you Benadryl.

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                11.06.2009 16:59
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                Good fix while it works, quite expensive, need to keep popping pills

                Like so many people I thought I was not a hay fever sufferer, that is until last year, June time, I had a stinking cold, it lasted over a month and everybody including myself was sick of hearing me moan, sneeze, cough, including me.

                I was taking the usual cold and flu medication/tablets/drinks/sweets, you name it. Nothing worked, so I took a trip to the doctors where he told me I was one of the unfortunate people who NOW suffered from hay fever.

                Just like clockwork 1st June, lovely weather, guess who thought she had a cold again?! Me. This time I'm on it though, I got some Benadryl, allergy relief.

                The box is white and blue, the selling points on the front state:
                Fast effective relief from allergies
                Active in 15 minutes
                Lasts 8 hours

                The box also lists on the front the allergies in which Benadryl is effective, Hay fever, dust, pet, skin.

                I have a rather sensitive nose and I am often sneezing at dust and especially smoke, so thought these must help.

                The box contains 24 capsules and on the directions on the back it warns: do not exceed the stated dose, which in this case is, no more than 3 tablets in a 24 hour period. This is the recommended dose for children and adults aged between 12-65.

                The box does say you should take one tablet at any time so I presume it's not wise to take 3 in one go, so far the maximum I've taken is 2 a day, but I've had 2 today and think I may well need another one come 6pm, to get me through the night.

                I think it also makes a difference if you go outside, for example, if I went to the pub tonight to sit in the garden I would definitely need another one, but if I were inside I think I could survive.

                The tablets themselves are in a blister packet and there are 12 on each blister packet, and two within the box. The tablets are 1.5 cm in length and 0.5 cm in width. I am not the best at swallowing tablets but these are easy. They are capsule material, rubbery and go down without too much fuss. The capsules are white.

                For me, these tablets do what they say on the packet, they work relatively quickly, I'd say within half an hour, to 45 minutes. I get a very runny nose just like with a cold, and the tablets completely drain all the congestion I get. I also get itchy eyes (so annoying as I can't wear my contact lenses) and they itch like mad, the tablets do get rid of this. Then my last and perhaps strangest symptom, is I get an itchy back of my mouth at the top, it's horrid, I tried scratching it with a breadstick, constantly drinking water to cool it, but it was AWFUL. The tablets stop the itching.

                These tablets aren't cheap costing around the £7.00 mark, I paid £6.96 from Asda but I can imagine the price can vary. I will continue to look for alternatives that are cheaper but in the mean, they work for me.

                I personally would really rate these tablets BUT I appreciate these won't work for everyone, I've tried quite a few pills last year and now I am happy with Benadryl because it works for me.

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                Allergy relief when you need it the most / Benadryl Allergy Relief is active within 15 minutes and can be used to treat the symptoms of hay fever, dust mite allergies, pet allergies and skin irritations / These symptoms includes: Itchy, runny nose Sneezing Itchy, watery eyes Urticaria (hives & itchy skin rash).