I've suffered hay fever for almost 40 years now, and, apart from cheaper car insurance, one of the other few benefits of getting older is that hay fever symptoms tend to decrease. But they still turn up with monotonous regularity.
The stronger of the two tablets I use contains cetrizine hydrochloride and this is the one I'll take on the days it looks like the symptoms are more noticeable or are going to be worse. I find the effect of the tablet will start within a couple of minutes of taking it and I can feel my nasal passages starting to dry up and get a sensation of them being coated in some kind of sealant! Likewise the runny and itchy eyes start to get better and I can get on with my day feeling, perhaps, 80%, if not quite 100%, but at least I'm functional.
The downside is that. although these tablets don't treat my symptoms by acting like a tranquiliser dart (like Piriton used to when I took it!), there are one or two side effects, such as feeling as though my reactions are slowed and I need a coffee, when I've actually just had one. The other, more subtle, and in a way more worrying side effect I've experienced is feeling a bit depressed; now I don't know for sure whether this was down to something else at the relevant time, but it did coincide with starting and stopping cetrizine hydrochloride last summer. It's not a scientific observation, but I just raise it, should anyone else experience the same.
And finally, the way to buy these is in the store's own packaging - much cheaper than the same ingredient as a "brand" name - where you're helping to fund their TV advertising!
A packet of Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief, which comes in a brightly coloured green box which is pretty easy to spot on the shelf, contains 14 10mg tablets of Cetrizine Hydrochloride. This is the constituent of many of the more expensive brand which are £3, £4 or even more, this product however only cost me 98p from my local Bodycare store and does exactly the same job! If you have ever taken a close look at medicine you will see a product ingredient code which you will notice is exactly the same on a lot of the branded products.
The box states that it also works for dust, pet and skin allergies as would be expected for antihistamine tablets and comes with the standard product information leaflet inside but instructions are also printed on the outside of the box which is handy! The medicine can also be used for children between the ages of 6 and 12, at a half dosage (half a tablet a day).
The tablet itself are very small, film coated tablets that are really easy to swallow even without a drink of water, and I'm not usually the best at taking pills. The adult dose is 1 tablet per day, and I usually take one in the morning although I have been recently advised by a friend that it is sometimes better to take them in the evening to stop the classic night time stuffiness that comes with hayfever sometimes that can really disrupt your sleep. Anyway, on the topic of effectiveness, I do find that they alleviate my symptoms but on really high pollen days they do not do enough to stop my itchy throat, runny nose and heady pains that come with the congestion. The tablet seems to work for the majority of the day but then wear off by late afternoon and evening when symptoms can be especially bad. I just wish it was possible to take the medicine at a higher dosage but I have not risked this yet as the leaflet recommends against taking more than 1 tablet a day.
I would recommend this to people that suffer from mild to moderate allergy symptoms, but I personally think it is better to treat hayfever symptomatically with eye drops, nasal spray etc.
So the sun is out and as much as I am loving the warm weather today the hayfever was just to the point of me wishing it would go away! My throat was itching, eyes were rubbing and I was sneezing like no tomorrow! As I was not at all prepared, I went off in search of some kind of remedy and Boots was my first port of call as it is the nearest chemist-ish place near my work place.
I ran in and of course all the expensive brands - Benadryl, Clarityn etc were right at the front and on promotion for buy one get one half price. However, I knew I had some at home so didn't want to spend so much money so I went to the aisle for hayfever relief downstairs to hunt a bargain. I saw Boots own brand for 99p for 7 tablets which are one a day. This sounded right in my price range so I headed straight to the till with it!
The box is different to the one above - really basic and in a white box with a red trim as it is from the value range. It states it contains Cetirizine Hydrochloride which is good for hayfever, and other allergies.
The pack contains only 7 small tablets which each contain 10mg of Cetirizine Hydrochloride. The tablets are absolutely teeny tiny, and almost invisible to the naked eye (ok I exaggerate but they are definitely the most miniscule tablets I have EVER seen!) and they are to be taken only ONCE A DAY. They are small and white, and are film coated so these are really easy to take with a glass of water. It doesn't say whether or not these are anti-drowsy but the box says these tablets "do not normally cause drowsiness. However, individuals can react differently so if you are affected you should not drive or operate heavy machinery." Personally I did not read all of this before I got to work and still had another 4 hours of work left! I was a bit concerned, as I did feel a bit sleepy after work but to be fair I always feel rather lethargic after lunch at work!
Anyway, I was actually really surprised but these seemed to work! I was a bit grouchy as for a good half hour after as I didn't feel any kind of difference but as the afternoon grew on I found my eyes didn't itch and the sneezing had ceased. It did take a while to kick in but it was effective and I was pleasantly surprised and this cheap box was well worth the 99p as I have bought expensive brands and they haven't made the slightest bit of difference! It could be perhaps the antihistamine as I have found Loratidine less effective and clearly the Cetirizine Hydrochloride is more suitable for my irritation.
There are some factors consumers should bear in mind when taking these:
~Not suitable for children under 6. Children 6 - 12 years to take half a tablet every day.
~Not to be taken if pregnant or breast feeding
~Sufferers with severe liver problems should not take these
~May be possibility of side effects (as with any other medicine)
~To be stored in a cool dry place and used before expiry period
Overall these have been good for me and I would definitely recommend them. The packaging isn't much to look at but they are cheap as chips and really effective so unless they fail me I think I will be sticking with these in future!
I have only started suffering from Hay Fever over the last year or so. My son has it as well, so we are both as bad as each other. I normally purchase Clarityn tablets but due to being in the middle of town when a sudden outbusrt of sneezing and itching eyes suddenly stopped me in my tracks, I asked my fiance to pop into Boots and grab me a pasket of Hayfever tablets. Due to our money saving ways he bought a packet of Boots own brand Hay Fever and Allergy Relief tablets.
I have to admit it stopped my sneezing but the red itchy eyes, tickle at the back of my throat still remained. My nose kept running and I looked like an extra from a cold commercial. I was thankful for the sneezing stopping but would have liked the other symptoms to have gone away as well. If I remember rightly these were £2.50 something which isnt too expensive, but they didnt do a full job.
I would pay a little more to stop more symptoms than go for the cheaper brand just to save money. Ok in extreme conditions.
I have suffered from hayfever all of my life and during the summer months it is at its worst. The doctor reckons it is connected to my eczema and now the little lad seems to be going the same way as he is starting to wheeze and his eyes are watering when the pollen count is high. I buy Boots own brand Hayfever and Allergy Tablets and these were recommended to me by a colleague in the office at work, as she also suffers as much as I do.
There are non drowsy ones and not non-drowsy - take your pick. These ones I buy are NOT the non-drowsy ones and for this reason I like to take them either before I go to bed or when I get back from work. I find that if I am sitting outside in my garden after work on an evening and the neighbour started to cut his grass, then this starts my hayfever off bad.
The tablets come in packs of fourteen and they cost me £4.50. You can also buy these in the larger packs and this makes them slightly more cost effective. They are tiny so if you have problems in swallowing tablets I promise you that you probably won't even need to take these with water. I don't - I just put it at the back of my throat and down it goes. One a day is all you need.
I would say that although nothing seems to totally get rid of my annoying sneezing and runny eyes, not to mention the constant itching, these tablets have certainly helped me to be able to mange my symptoms a lot better than before I started to take them.
If I do ever take one on a morning, if I have missed night time's dosage, then I do feel slightly groggy for a few hours after taking one, so it really is far better if you try to take them at night. I have recommended them to other people as I do think these probably work just as well, if not better than the branded hayfever and allergy tablets.
They work well and fast and come highly recommended.
I've suffered badly with hayfever since I was little and although I usually treat this with piriton, I am not at all brand loyal. When it comes to basic things like pain or allergy relief, I usually opt for the cheapest option because let's face it, there are much more exciting things to spend money on! This is why I decided to try these hayfever and allergy relief tablets from Boots; at £4.49 for fourteen tablets, they're around 60 pence less than Piriton, which is a decent saving. Larger packs of 30 and 60 are also available. These are also currently on offer - buy one get one free, which I think is brilliant value.
These are antihistamine tablets so they're excactly the same thing as Piriton, just branded differently. These are suitable for adults as well as children over the age of six. I think it's good that these are suitable for such young children as when I was little I suffered terribly with hayfever and antihistamines were a great help. The tablets can be used to help provide relief from itchy skin conditions including chicken pox, nettle rash, dermatitis and heat rash. They can also be used to help ease symptoms of food allergies, pet allergies, insect bites and of course hayfever.
The tablets come in a cardboard box which is pretty basic to be honest. The colour scheme is green and yellow and the packet has the Boots logo and product name. All of the information needed such as the allergies that these tablets can treat is written on the front of the pack in clear writing, so it's obvious what the tablets are and what they do. The doseage is also stated clearly on the front and further information is on the back of the packet.
Inside the pack there's a little leaflet which has lots of information about the tablets including hazards and cautions. It is stated that these contain lactose in the ingredients, so they are not suitable for who is lactose intolerant. Possible side effects are also listed - these include drowsiness, a dry mouth and dizziness. I have not suffered with any of these side effects personally, although I am aware that a lot of people do get drowsy from antihistamines - if you do, then there is a non-drowsy version of these tablets available at no extra cost. The tablets come in a plastic pack which has a foil backing and getting the tablets out of the packaging is quick and easy.
These are oval shaped white tablets which are easy to swallow due to how small they are. Each tablet is 10mg and only one a day should be taken. I usually have mine in the morning when it's nice weather before my hayfever symptoms start and when I do this I have no symptoms of hayfever at all during the day, even when the pollen count is high. On the occassions when I've got bad hayfever due to not taking a tablet, once I do have one it makes a noticeable difference; within 20 minutes the itching and runny nose/eyes has stopped, although it doesn't really help reduce swollen/puffy eyes - it does stop the itching though.
I also take one of these before visiting my boyfriend's Grandma as she has a cat and I'm allergic. These work well; my eyes don't swell, my nose doesn't run and I don't get at all itchy.. although they don't completely block out all of the symptoms of the allergy as whenever the cat sits near me I have a sneezing fit, lol. It's scratched me a few times on my hand as well and my skin swelled up and became itchy, although definitely not as much as it would if I hadn't taken a tablet. I overall reccommend these tablets as they're effective when it comes to hayfever, are good value for money and I also like how tiny they are as they're easy to swallow. Because they don't completely help with my cat allergy though, I've knocked one star off.
I bought a couple of packets of these Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief tablets before Christmas. I don't actually have proper hayfever as such, and I bought them for a slightly different reason, but they did work!
=== My reasons for use and the effects ===
The first reason why I bought these tablets was that I had somehow ended up with irritated skin on one of my eyelids, which was red and a bit dry (sounds very attractive I know!) It felt horrible and after it has been persisting for a few days I decided I needed to get something to treat it if it would not go away on its own. I went to the pharmacist at Boots who told me that anti-histimines would get rid of this, and recommended these tablets. They did completely clear up the problem within a couple of days so I was extremely pleased with that. I had never known that hayfever/anti-histimine medicine could be used for that sort of thing, so I was surprised as well as impressed. My mum knew you can use anti-histimines for this though so maybe it is well known, just it wasn't known to me!
I only needed a couple of tablets for the irritated skin, so I ended up using the others later to clear up symptoms similar to hayfever which I was suffering due to moving house and moving around a lot of boxes, furniture, old things from the loft etc which meant I was coming into contact with more dust than I normally would do, so I was constantly sneezing and suffering from running, watery eyes and generally did not feel great due to this. I thought the tablets would be worth a try for this, and they did help a lot, more or less stopping my sneezing and making me feel normal again.
I haven't used them for actual hayfever, as I don't have it, but the tablets worked well for me in the situations that I used them.
The packet does state that they can be used for the following: dust allergies, skin allergies, pet allergies as well as hayfever.
=== How to use ===
The tablets come in a small cardboard box (which looks different now to the one in the Dooyoo picture, it is currently green) with a blister pack of very tiny tablets. The tablets can easily be swallowed on their own due to the tiny size, or with water. You should take one a day. There is a leaflet inside which you should read for info on any possible side effects or info when not to take these tablets.
=== Price and Availability ===
You can buy these from Boots stores.
The packs I got contained only seven tablets. I can't find this small pack on the Boots website now, but they have packs of 30 tablets for £8.59 or 60 for £12.29, so obviously per tablet it is better value to buy the big pack if you will be needing them fairly regularly. I think I paid around £2 for my pack of 7 but I can't remember for sure.
I seem to suffer hayfever quite bad throughout the spring and summer months, especially because I live in the country, my worst nightmare is when the farmers who live close to me start cutting the fields, however I have since found Boots Hayfever and Allergy tablets that make my symptoms a lot more manageable.
To take these tablets you simply swallow one a day, they are really easy to swallow as they are tiny. I like to take these tablets at night time before I go to sleep as they are not the non-drowsy range, I have used the non-drowsy range before, but I found they left me feeling anxious and gave me palpatations so I switched to these regular hayfever tablets instead and haven't had any problems since.
These tablets can be used for hayfever, dust allergies, year round runny nose, pet allergies and also to treat hives or nettle stings.
I have found that using these tablets have definitely made my hayfever much more manageable and I hardly ever feel sneezy or get sore red eyes now, even when the pollen count is high. I only really need these tablets in the spring and summer months, and I have just started taking them again since the weather is nice and I have been going for walks in the country side. It took about 3 days before the hayfever symptoms went away completely, but now I feel much better and think that these allergy tablets work great.
You can buy a packet of 30 tablets, which will last conviently for a month, in Boots for £8.49, this works out a little more expensive than other brands, but I have found that these tablets suit me the best, so I do not mind spending the extra £2-3 a month on them.
Overall I think that these hayfever tablets are fantastic, they work really well and keep my hayfever away as long as I use them daily, I would give these hayfever tablets 4 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I'm one of those botched people that have been lumbered with a generous amount of things wrong with them in the health department. I have the unfortunate privilege of being allergic to dust/dust mites. This means that wherever I go, medication free, I end up a sneezing, snivelling, snotty, weeping mess. Trying to resist the urge to claw out my itching eyes and cut off my irritated nose is simply too difficult. I am on prescription medication which involves taking three tables daily; however I do often have regular cases of forgetfulness in which I go out without my medication. Thankfully, there are a whole host of shops out there that sell allergy relief tablets, and Boots is one of them. I have purchased these "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" tablets on many of these forgetful occasions to coax my body out of a state of pure irritation.
"Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" tablets are, as the name suggests, only available to purchase from Boots stores. I have seen this product stocked in all sizes of Boots stores - from the tiny, little cubby hole stores that are hidden in the backstreets of towns, to the gigantic mammoth Boots stores on retail parks. This product can be found amongst the other allergy and hayfever relief products included in the chemist section of the store.
These "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" tablets come with a price tag of £2.79 for 7 tablets. This works out at almost 40p per tablet. For me, that is rather pricey, especially if you need to use these tablets on a daily basis. There are cheaper alternatives out there on the market for your daily needs, but I do think 40p for a little relief is worth, it on the occasional basis, when your eyes are streaming and your nose won't stop sneezing!
"Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" are rather small 'one a day' white tablets which are used to relieve the symptoms of hayfever and allergies. Each tablet contains the active ingredient of Cetirizine Dihydrochloride in a 10mg dose which is enough to offer the average user a full day of relief from their allergy symptoms.
Not only do these "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" calm the symptoms of hayfever, but they do much more too! These tables can be used to relieve the symptoms of skin allergies, pet allergies and dust allergies. "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" tablets can also be used to soothe itching, rashes and hives.
Taking these "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" is really very simple. The tablets are for oral use only and it is advised that they are taken whole with a glass of water. For adults and children over the age of 12, one tablet is to be taken daily. It is not advised to give this product to children under the age of 12. Do not use this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
For me, these "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" tablets start to work within around 20 minutes. This is pretty swift for an allergy product, and the relief is much welcomed when I'm in the middle of a long and drawn out sneezing fit. I will say that the product is a 'one a day' tablet, however due to my severe symptoms, the relief effects do start to wear off after around 5 or 6 hours for me. This won't be the case for everybody, as I am a hopeless sufferer, but I do welcome greatly the relief they do offer for me. I would believe that these tablets would run the entire course of a day for those with only light to medium symptoms of allergies, rashes or irritations.
These "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" don't look like much at all outside of the packet, as the tablets are absolutely tiny, but they do work a treat at relieving symptoms quickly. Each tablet measures around half a centimetre in length, and is white in colour with a sort of pointed oval shape. As I said, these tablets look pretty basic in their tiny selves, but the relief they give is satisfying and quick.
There are only two ingredients listed in this product. The first is the active ingredient which is Cetirizine Dihydrochloride 10mg. The second is lactose. Please do not use this product is you are known to have an allergy to either of these ingredients.
The "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" tablets are packaged inside a small cardboard box which is predominantly orange in colour with and image of a blue figure to the right hand side of the front of the box. The Boots logo is printed in the top left corner, below which the product name can be found along with the name of the active ingredient and its dosage. The front of the box states that this is a one a day product, and shows the number of tablets within the box. The left hand side of the front of box also features a tick list of the ailments this product can be used for. The back of the box features all the important information, including an in depth list of uses for this product, along with an ingredients list and usage instructions. You can also find a more in depth information leaflet about the product and its uses inside the box.
The tablets themselves are blister packaged, as most tablet products are these days. The tablets come packed in 7 small indentations within a sheet of plastic which is sealed closed with a thin layer of foil for security. To remove a tablet from the sheet, simply apply pressure to the protruding side of the compartment containing the product to force the tablet up and out through the foil layer.
In my opinion these "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" are great for a quick fix, but that's about it. Unfortunately, the price is a real put off for me. I do have prescription medication which I take daily, but my forgetfulness means that I sometimes have to resort to purchasing a pack of allergy relief tablets to prop me up until I can get to my own medication. At £2.79 for 7 tablets, these "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" seem a fair price if you only need to use them every now and then for mild irritations, but for daily use that involves some severe reactions I'd advise to look elsewhere for a cheaper alternative. The tablets themselves are so small that they are very easy to take, so those who have problems swallowing tablets shouldn't really have any problem with this product. These tablets do seem to make me drowsy, even though the information inside the box says that these tablets do not usually cause drowsiness. Upon taking these tablets I have felt the onset of a sleepy, lethargic feeling which I can only link to this medication; however I guess the effects are different for everyone. I will say that these "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" do work for me for some time, usually a couple of hours, but due to my severe allergy symptoms they do not last the full 24 hours. I'd say these "Boots Hayfever and Allergy Relief" are worth a shot, but if you can find a cheaper alternative elsewhere then head in that direction! I'm giving this product 3 stars, as the tablets do work well (if only for a short while in severe cases like mine), and do provide much needed relief, but I do think they are a little pricey compared to other own-brand allergy products, and they do make me drowsy which is a bit of a negative when you're ready to nod off at your desk in work!
Boots Hayfever and Allergy relief - Cetirizine Hydrochloride
What is it?
A pack of hayfever and allergy tablets.
Allergy tablets come in so many different brands and contain different active ingredients - these ones contain the active ingredient cetirizine hydrochloride.
What do I think?
I generally suffer from hayfever in the summer months, but over the last few years I have also started suffering from other allergies like dustmites.
These were originally prescribed for me by my own GP, originally, they worked really well, and I found them really effective - it probably took them about 20 minutes to take effect, e.g. stop sneezing, itchy eyes etc. However, after suing it for a few years, I often found that I started feel drowsy after taking these tablets, so I have had to resort to using other allergy relief tablets. Sometimes I have tried having only half a tablet, the drowsiness seems to have reduced, but this is also the same for the allergy relief effect!
Originally, I thought that these tablets only dealt with hayfever, but not that Boots and other supermarkets do them, they actually list other symptoms as well, such as relief from dustmites, pet allergies and skin allergies. I have only really found this to be effective from hayfever, and particularly when I am indoors, I am still sneezing - so I guess this doesn't really work with dustmite allergies as well as it should. With dustmite allergies, I find loratadine more effective, but please consult your doctor before trying this...
The tablets are often on promotion and cost £2.69 for 7 tablets and are very often on a 'Buy One Get One Free' promotion.
These are good against hayfever if you don't suffer from the drowsiness and unfortunately, not so good against other allergy symptoms like dustmites...
Thanks for reading.