“ Effective for relief of symptoms of hayfever and other allergies such as sneezing, running nose, burning and itchy eyes of hayfever and other allergies. „
I've always had cats in my family home and I've always known that if I get too close to them or touch them or let them on my bed, I get sniffly and my eyes start to run. I thought it was just a mild allergy, but when I went off to live at university in a cat-free environment it all changed. On my first visit home after about 4 months away I was in for a horrible surprise when I stepped through the door - my eyes started pouring, I couldn't stop sneezing and I could hardly breathe (I suffer from mild asthma that certainly isn't mild when I'm around a cat). After a bit of research it turns out you eventually become immune to allergies so when I was living with my cat it wasn't too bad, but when I come back I'm not used to it and it's severe. As I'm only home for a couple of weeks a year, I don't see it fair for my Mum to get rid of her beloved cat for my benefit so I take anti-histamines when I visit.
I buy whichever brand I come across first and this review is for the Boots non-drowsy. I always buy non-drowsy because I don't want to be sleepy when I'm home! I want to be out doing stuff not in bed all day. I bought these for £8.99 for a 30 day supply of 10mg tablets which is quite expensive, but unfortunately a necessity.
I take one tablet a day as soon as I wake up. They're very small and easy to swallow (although I've never had a problem swallowing pills)). The tablets do relieve most of my symptoms, but they don't really do anything for my asthma. I have to rely on taking more of my inhalers which isn't really a problem, but it's a shame these tablets don't relieve my breathing difficulties. Towards the very end of the day my eyes start to get a bit sore and I am still sneezing more than usual, but generally I feel normal.
The thing is, I still can't actually touch the cat. I can live in the same house as him and sit where he has sat, but even the slightest contact and my eyes do start to itch and run. I guess my allergies are just too severe for over-the counter allergy medication, but it does make life more bearable!
Now I'm not sure if this is from the drug itself or just a coincidence, but I was very sleepy while on these tablets. I had a nap every day and just felt a bit drained. This can be a side-effect for some people even on the non-drowsy medication, but like I said it could just be a side-effect of doing lots of things.
These work alright for my cat allergy, but I have no experience using them for other allergies such as hay fever, but the tablets do say they are suitable for 'hay fever and other allergies'. Make sure to read the leaflet regarding active ingredients - you may (ironically) be allergic to some of them or they may interact with other medication you are on.
Overall I give it 4/5 - it doesn't get rid of my allergies completely and it (may) still make me a little drowsy, but I can't live without them when I'm home.
Boots Non Drowsy Hayfever & Allergy Relief
I never suffered from hayfever or allergies until I went to live in Australia and then something set me off. I think it might have been wattle but whatever it was stimulated my allergy response and since then I really suffer from specific pollens. I think it might be grass and trees rather than flower as it often gets worse when the grasses are long. Anyway whatever causes it means that I have to do all kinds of things to try and avoid the response my body has to these pollens.
Firstly I always use a natural remedy which is a bees wax product that I wipe around the inside of my nostrils and this stops the pollen getting beyond my nose. The problem is that if it is really bad I sneeze so much and have to blow my nose which of course removes my carefully applied protection so I often need these little pills as a back up in the worst times.
I also make sure that I do not cut the grass, I try and avoid going out in the worst times and wear sunglasses when I do. I also use my air conditioning in the car rather than have the window open in the car. I wash my face when I come inside just in case I have picked up any pollen and also change my top before I wash my face. I also try to keep the windows in the house closed and sleep with them closed. I also bathe before going to bed which will get rid of any pollen lurking anywhere on my body. I don't wash my hair though as it sits funny if I go to bed with it wet.
Hayfever is so called because some people developed symptoms from hay, as in grass pollen. Different people are allergic to different pollens or even things like animal dander can cause similar symptoms which will be helped by these pills. My daughter suffers when the rape flowers in the field around us so different people in the same family can be allergic to different things.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE HAYFEVER?
Well I sneeze constantly and my nose runs, drips rather like water so that I have to wipe my nose so many times that it goes red like Rudolph's. I also get really itchy, sore red eyes that run as well. Finally my mouth and throat itch so much that I suck the rook of my mouth or even get a tooth brush and scratch the inside until it is almost bleeding.
Apparently someone with a parent who has either hayfever or asthma or even eczema is far more likely to suffer with an allergy problem so sadly children will often suffer if their parents have. They may, like me not get the symptoms until later in life or they may suffer from a young age. According to data collected 20% of the population is believed to suffer and you are more likely to suffer if you also have asthma or eczema.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I nor only developed the symptoms of hayfever as an adult but about twenty years ago I developed a strange skin condition whereby my skin itches. I get no real rash just itching which of course I have to scratch and end up with welts all over my body. If I feel this coming on that is another reason I might take these little pills.
For these reasons I have these pills or similar in my medical drawer at all times. I have recently discovered that I can purchase another brand for a lot less on the internet and will review those at a later stage but until last year these or the Tesco own brand were my pills of choice. They work just as well as Piriton and similar brands cost so much less.
The idea is that in the season of your personal suffering you take one of these daily and it builds up your resistance. I usually wait until I feel symptoms and then start taking them until I feel the season is over. For my itching I take one when I start to feel a bit itchy and usually within half an hour the problem is sorted.
The tablets are tiny and although they suggest taking them with water I can easily swallow one with no water when desperate . I always keep some in my purse for emergencies. For hayfever once I take these regularly daily I have greatly reduced symptoms and if I am starting to take them the symptoms usually ease within an hour and then get better after a few days of taking them.
These little anti histamine pills have the active ingredient Loratadine which is actually much better for hayfever than skin allergies hence me moving to another type of anti histamine called Cetirizine which I buy on line. Each pill is 10mg and as I said you should take one a day and the box has 7 pills for £2.99 which can work out quite expensive in the allergy season. I you still suffer when taking these and taking other precautions then see your GP as you can get some that are stronger dosage on prescription.
PRECAUTIONS OF LORATADINE
This drug should not be taken or should be taken under a GP's advice if you suffer from a liver problem, you are allergic to loratadine or other ingredients in these pills. If you are taking certain medication you should not take these so if you are thinking of starting to take these and take other medication then check first. You can do this with your doctor or on the Boots website. Children under 2 years old should not take these; You can get a syrup for younger children so check that out if needed.
These need to be stored in their sealed foil pack unbroken in the bix and in a cool dry place.
Yes and no. I have now found a cheaper solution that suits me and I would suggest if you suffer from hayfever then check which of the non branded ones contain loratadine and if they have the same dose and try the cheaper brand. If loratadine does not work for you then try another brand and look at the active ingredient as that might work better for you.
I have found that the non branded ones work just as well as the expensive brands so I would suggest trying others to see if they do the same job for you.
Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same username.
As I'm sure you will already know Boots the chemist produce many different products to relief the symptoms of hay-fever. The tablets I've chosen to review are called "Non drowsy Hay-fever relief 10 mg tablets" not to be confused with those of a similar name, pictured above "Non drowsy Hay-fever and allergy relief 10 mg tablets" which are antihistamines. Dooyoo advised I was to post my review here.
##Boots Non Drowsy Hay-fever relief 10 mg tablets##
These tablets come inside a blister pack of seven, the tablets are white and oval shaped with a break line and markings "L" and "10" on one side, also Inside the box there is an information sheet, it is advised you read this before taking any of the enclosed tablets.
##What the tablets are for##
The main purpose of these tablets is for the relief of hay-fever, although they do cater for other allergies such as skin, dust and pet allergies. They can even be taken for skin allergies such as rash, itching and urticaria (hives).
##What ingredients do the tablets contain##
Each tablet contains 10 mg of loratadine, this is the active ingredient.
Other ingredients include Lactose, monohydrate, maize starch, pregelatinised starch and magnesium stearate.
##Who can take the tablets and when should they be taken##
Adults and children over 2 years (with a body weight over 30 kg) Any child under the age of 2 years should not be given these tablets or if the child weighs less than 30 kg
The information leaflet states that an average child of 9 years weighs 30 kg, which is equivalent to 4 and a half stone.
One tablet is to be taken daily with water. However if you have severe liver problems you should consult your doctor and may find you will have to take one tablet every other day. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not take these tablets. If you are lactose intolerant you should also avoid, until you have spoken to your doctor and the same goes if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients.
##Are there any side effects##
Like many medicines, there are a number of possible side effects to watch out for, these include:
Headache, nervousness and tiredness in children aged 2 - 12 years.
Drowsiness, headache, increased appetite and difficulty sleeping in adults and children over 12 years.
#Very rare side effects (medical advice should be sought) include:#
Severe allergic reactions (difficulty breathing, wheezing, itching hives and swelling) dizziness, rapid heartbeat, palpitations, feeling sick, dry mouth, upset stomach, changes in liver function, rash, hair loss and tiredness.
#Serious side effects (where medical advice should be sought immediately) include:#
Any swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
A skin rash after taking the tablets.
Any of the above symptoms mean that you have a serious and rare allergic reaction to this medicine.
##Any other information##
If you take too many tablets, tell your doctor straight away, or contact your nearest casualty department, remember to take the tablets and information sheet with you.
If you forget to take a tablet, you can take it as soon as you remember, provided you leave at least 24 hours in between doses.
No special storage is required for these tablets, just remember to always store any tablets out of the reach of children.
##Where they can be purchased from and how much they will cost##
These tablets are available from any Boots store and they cost £2.85 for a box of seven.
##Experience and opinion##
These tablets were purchased by my husband, who has only recently been diagnosed with hay-fever. Like most men (no offence meant) my husband has to be dragged, kicking and screaming to the doctors, he will not go unless he thinks he may be dying. So after I left him no choice, he went to the doctors and was shocked to discover he was suffering from hey-fever, he'd never up until now had any sort of allergy and was surprised that at this time in his life he should start suffering now, but the doctor told him, hey-fever can start at any time regardless of age. He was suffering quite bad with itchy, stinging eyes, runny nose and sneezing a lot. He got himself a box of these hey-fever relief tablets from Boots and took one straight away.
As the week wore on, I asked him to tell me what he thought about the tablets and if he thought they were doing him any good, as I wanted to review them, he told me......
The tablets obviously don't taste of anything because they are swallowed with water, taken first thing in the morning, they must have been doing some good because the usual morning sneezing fit became less, more or less straight away. Eyes were not itching or stinging like they had been doing and the runny nose stopped running. No side effects recorded, all in all very pleased with the result from taking the tablets.
So, I think I can safely say, these tablets work and do so quite well, I myself don't suffer from hey-fever any more but when I was a child I did suffer very much, I always hated summer or anytime the pollen count was high. So I know what having hey-fever is like and if one tiny tablet a day can stop that suffering, then it is well worth while taking it.
I'm giving these hey-fever relief tablets 4 stars, if they abolished hey-fever completely I would have given 5
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Up until a few years ago I never suffered from hayfever. However since the increase of Oilseed Rape being grown all around our area I have found that I am now suffering symptoms. There is controversy about what causes these symptoms, it may be the pollen itself or the volatile oils that the plant emits that causes the problem but either way I end up with sore, itchy eyes and a tightening of my chest which end up with me having to reach for my inhaler. Strangely it took me a while to work out that my problem was actually an allergy.
Having realised that I was now an allergy sufferer I knew that my condition wasn't serious enough to bother my Doctor so I decided to buy myself some tablets over the counter.
Allergy symptoms are caused by the release of histamine from irritated cells and the histamine then triggers the symptoms such as itching and sneezing. Anti-histamine medicines work by blocking the action of Histamine on the body's receptors.
There appears to be a lot of anti-histamines for sale at the pharmacy but there are currently only about four different ingredients that are available off prescription so most of the different products are actually pretty similar.
Boots Non-drowsy Hay fever and Allergy Relief Tablets contain 10mg of Loratadine each. Loratadine is marketed as a non-drowsy anti-histamine but it can cause drowsiness in a small proportion of people so you should always take your first tablet on a day when you are not driving or operating machinery to check how they affect you.
For healthy adults the dose is one tablet each day and for people with severe liver problems this should be reduced to one every other day. This is because the drug is broken down in the liver so if your liver isn't working properly you will get a build up of the drug in the bloodstream which can lead to side-effects from the excessive dose.
The instructions on the packet are very poor in relation to children. It states that it can be used for children over 2 as long as they are heavier than 30kg. I know that many parents have no idea what their children weigh in kilograms (me being one of them) and would possibly assume that if their two year old is an average size that they would be fine to take the tablets. However 30kg is actually the size of an average 9 year old! If my 2 year old weighed that much I think hay fever would be the least of my worries. It does mention this in the leaflet but I think it would be better to amend the instructions to make it much more obvious to parents.
I do not have liver problems and weigh rather a lot more than 30kg so I was safe to take my tablet.
My symptoms are always worse in the day and only occur if I am outside or driving past a lot of day-glo yellow oilseed rape so I don't take them every day. I usually take one tablet in the morning if I think I will have a problem that day.
The tablets are quite small and being an oval shape they are easy to swallow with a glass of water. I have found that they work reasonably well. My symptoms are certainly nowhere near as severe if I have remembered to take my tablet. My eyes still sting a little if the pollen count is particularly high but they are far less irritated than they were and they don't itch. More importantly for me is the fact that they do stop me feeling wheezy which is the symptom that actually makes me feel ill. The effects seem to last well during the day but if I end up being outside in the evening, perhaps at a barbecue or enjoying a glass of wine in a pub garden my symptoms will return as the pollen falls back down to the ground once the air cools and the drug starts to wear off. Unfortunately one tablet is the maximum dose so it is not possible to take another one in the evening.
Due to the fact that my symptoms are reasonably predictable I will sometimes save my tablet to take in the evening if I know I will be outside. However you have to leave at least 24 hours between dosing so then I can't take one the next morning. This means I do have to think about when I take them.
If I haven't taken a tablet and suddenly find myself with the telltale symptoms starting to appear I will take a tablet straightaway. This does give me some relief eventually but it is not the ideal way to take them as it takes at least an hour to start to work and it is never quite as effective this way.
I have not suffered any side-effects whilst taking these tablets and they do not make me at all drowsy. The manufacturers do warn about severe allergic reactions such as swelling and difficulty breathing. The more common side effects are headache, increased appetite and sleep disturbances. The tablets contain lactose as filler and people who have lactose intolerance should avoid these tablets but could use the syrup instead.
As these are a Boots product they are only available from Boots stores or online. They are made under contract by Galpharm who are a well respected pharmaceutical company. They are currently £2.85 for 7 but they are also available in larger packets and they are frequently on a three for two offers during the summer.
Confusingly Boots also market another anti-histamine, Boots Hayfever and Allergy relief tablet in an orange packet which contains Cetirizine and is more likely to cause drowsiness than the Loratadine tablets although not as likely as the older antihistamine like Chlorphenamine. I think the similarity in name is not a good idea.
Although I keep these tablets in the cupboard for my hay fever symptoms I have also used them when I have had prickly heat and I have found them very effective at relieving the itch although it takes a while for the first dose to work but then I take them regularly for a few days until the rash disappears.
I would recommend these tablets to anyone who suffers mild or occasional symptoms of hay fever or other allergies. There are more effective products on prescription so if these don't work for you it is worth seeing a Doctor for one of the newer anti-histamines.
Every year, as regular as clockwork, my hayfever kicks in. My eyes start to itch, I begin to sneeze and my nose starts to run. It's really irritating, so I take Boots Non Drowsy Hayfever & Allergy Relief to relieve my symptoms.
These hayfever tablets appealed to me because I wanted medication that non-drowsy and wouldn't interfere with my day.
At £3.00 for seven tablets Boots Non Drowsy Hayfever & Allergy Relief isn't too pricy and I managed to buy quite a few packets on 'buy one get one free' during the summer months. I'd advise you to stock up when you see them on offer too.
You'll find these tablets situated with other allergy remedies and the cardboard box is easy to spot because it's an electric blue colour. On the front of the packet it also states that these tablets provide fast-acting hayfever relief and that they help to fight pet, dust and skin allergies.
The tablets themselves are very small and they come in a silver blister packet - you just pop them out as and when required. You only need to take one tablet a day, so each box should provide you with a week's relief.
There's a leaflet inside every packet and you should read this before taking the medication. But it's probably worth noting that these tablets are not suitable for children under the age of two, or for a child weighing below 30kg. Also if you have liver problems then you'll need to consult your doctor before taking these.
The tablets are really small and when I first saw them I questioned if they'd be able to provide me with enough relief, but to my surprise my symptoms started to dwindle after around 10 minutes and I was able to continue with my day without interruption.
I like these tablets because not only do they help me to manage my symptoms, but I don't experience any side effects when I take them. Overall I'd say Boots Non Drowsy Hayfever & Allergy Relief is a smashing product that I highly recommend. Five stars!
Unfortunately I suffer from Hay fever over the summer months which is not at all pleasant. The usual symptoms of watery eyes, sneezing and itchy nose just isn't enough for me. I often get nose bleeds (which is part due to hay fever and pollen irritation, part due to dehydration I suppose).
To combat the symptoms I usually take Hay fever tablets in the morning, and have been buying Boots Non Drowsy Hay fever relief ever since I started taking them... I don't think they are the cheapest tablets out there, but they are fairly priced. For 7 tablets they cost under £3. I usually make full use of the Boots 3 for 2 Mix and Match to get these cheaper than they would be since I'm going to be taking them quite often, might as well stock up.
The tablets themselves are very small (white coloured) and I can swallow them with a bit of water without much irritation. I usually get the hay fever symptoms in the morning, so taking them then usually get me through till lunch and late afternoon without much bother. It doesn't always work to the full effect, and sometimes I still get watery eyes and an itchy nose- the about the sneeze moment annoys me the most as it makes your eyes water but you just can't seem to sneeze...!!!
However, when evening comes, it kind of starts again and I get quite uncomfortable, but bearable. I tend not to take another tablet at night, though I'm sure it would help all the same.
Overall, the tablets have been useful in relieving the nasty hay fever symptoms that really just get in the way of your daily tasks! I'm glad I can get some sort of relief from these and would highly recommend them to anyone who does suffer from allergies or hay fever to try them out! Take with caution and always read the instructions.
I bought these for the nondrowsy and the allergy relief. I am very disappointed as they do not last all day in terms of removing the itch .I had been bitten by the dreaded 'midge' . I shall be going back to Benadryl as it is far more effective.These may be better for hayfever and that is why it is mention first in the title on the package.
Every year at exactly this time, when the weather gets a little warmer and the daffodils are in full bloom I get the following symptoms: puffy eyes, itchy throat, sore sinuses and the biggest sneezes you have ever heard! The symptoms last about a week with the second day being the worst and then that's me, not a sniff for the rest of the summer. Generally speaking I wont take anything for it, in fact it was only last year after learning a little more about hayfever that I became convinced I must be a sufferer, for the previous five years I have been insistent that it is simply an allergy to the Scottish summer but now I am living in England the same excuse cannot ring true!
**What is hayfever?**
I am including this section because like me many of you may actually be occasional sufferers. Hayfever is an allergic reaction generally triggered by the same thing, pollen and plant spores, what you may not be aware of is that certain pollen causes hayfever in different people. For example my partner suffers at the height of summer, any sniff of dry, cut grass and his symptoms are triggered. Mine appears to be pollen from the spring flowers and most specifically the daffodils, this should explain why two members of the same household suffer hayfever at seemingly different times of the year.
Your body basically has an allergic reaction to either the spores or the pollen and your immune system acts accordingly with the lining of your nose, mouth and eyes releasing histamine, this then triggers the well known symptoms, runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy throat and irritated sinuses.
20% of the population is believed to suffer and you are more likely to suffer if you have asthma or eczema.
**Why I took medication**
It was a Monday and at the start of the week I commute from the North West of England to Edinburgh, feeling like I did with streaming eyes and sneezing every other minute I didn't feel up to driving so decided before I made the dreaded phone call I should take some medication, at this point I was expecting miracles!
We had some of the Boots own label non-drowsy hayfever relief tablets in our medical drawer (I checked the date before using). The non-drowsy element was obviously key considering if they did work I would be undertaking a long journey. The pack contains seven tablets and you are supposed to take one a day. I was disbelieving at first, one tiny tablet to cure these symptoms?? I took it as instructed with a glass of water, as the tablets are so small, around half the size of a paracetamol capsule, I had no problem swallowing.
The tablets are no suitable for children under 2 or children weighing below 30kg. Also if you have liver problems you may only be able to take one every other day - consult your doctor.
The sneezing stopped within 10 minutes of me taking the tablets, I felt my sinuses open and within 20 minutes my eyes no longer felt puffy and I had regained control over the monstrous sneezing fits. The itchy throat took the longest to subside but after half an hour it felt like it had all been a dream. Confident enough to undertake the journey I started out and felt great. As you can only take one tablet a day I had hoped for all day relief, however around 8 hours later I could feel the tickle coming back, certainly not as irritating before but also not ideal as I couldn't take any other medication. It was certainly sufficient to see me through a working day and the rest, I decided I could manage at home. On the whole I was pleased with the effect.
**Always seek medical advice**
As with any medication that you are unsure of or haven't tried before always ask for advice. A visit to the pharmacist will often be sufficient to determine what strength of medication you require, if you are pregnant or trying for a baby it is advisable to steer clear of these tablets.
The tablets contain Loratadine, a common antihistamine treatment.
I think it is important to stress that my symptoms are by no means severe, my partner suffers badly in the height of summer (two years ago a piece of pollen landed on his eyeball, it instantly blistered and resulted in a speedy trip to A&E) and none of the over the counter medication seems to work for him so I would definitely recommend this if you are an occasionally and light sufferer (although at the time it certainly doesn't feel mild!). Also don't expect it to last all day, I was impressed and for £2.69 for a pack that would last a week I will happily have this on stand by for next year.
I got these because I get hayfever in the summer and although it isn't terrible, it certainly affects me and these were quite a bit cheaper than specialist brands! Also the convenience of a tablet (which is very small so easy to swallow) made it worth a try.
What I would firstly say is they don't completely get rid of symptons when they're at their worst, but if you're suffering a bit they certainly make things much better. I found that within about an hour my nose wasn't runny and my eyes felt much drier! The sneezing hadn't gone though but I could live with that!
I was pleased to find that they do work for other allergies too though. Sometimes I react to animals (cats/dogs) and get tight breathing and itchy eyes/throat. So I tried taking one of these that I had left over from summer and actually I saw a considerable improvement.
For the cost (about £2, but I bought them last year!) I would say they are definately worth keeping a pack in your bag in the summer as I do now and it can be a godsend if you start feeling the symptons of allergy/hayfever kicking in! You'll still need your tissues though as unfortunatly not even Boots can cure the summer blues totally.
As a long-standing hayfever sufferer, I am all too familiar with the evil lure of pollen-irritated eyes. The sensation of scratching the LIVING HELL out of one's eyeballs on a hot summer's day is, quite simply, divine! There are however, dire consequences to using one's fists as a pair of human window-wipers. These are namely, swollen, puffy, painful and bloodshot eyes, and in particularly vigorous scratch-fests, the generation of sticky yellowy-white gloop. Yuck!
So, how does one deal with this problem? Purchase a massive pair of sunglasses to serve as a shield against pollen infiltration? Lock oneself indoors with all windows firmly closed? Assuming the disguise of a human-bee or becoming a hermit are not reasonable options in my opinion! Thankfully, medication is on hand.
Boots Non-Drowsy Hayfever and Allergy Relief tablets contain 10mg of Loratadine, an anti-histamine. They are very small, easy to swallow, taken once per day, and as it says on the label are non-drowsy. You therefore don't need to worry about feeling drugged up in your quest for a allergy-relief. The tablets come in a soothing blue package, with the image of a person surrounded by a yellow aura - or is that yellow irritants? Unclear! Anyway, you'll notice that the largest word on the pack is RELIEF. And, in my opinion, these tablets provide exactly that.
I've sampled numerous hayfever tablets over the years, yet these non-drowsy Boots variety are my favourite. I've found them to be consistently reliable, and they provide quick relief. For example, a couple of weeks back, on a particularly sunny, pollen-saturated day, I decided to walk into town. I'd only been out of the door for 15 minutes before I could feel the evil itch of pollen in my eyes. I downed one of these little beauties with some water, and half an hour later felt fine. No itchiness or irritation whatsoever. Another major advantage of these tablets is that they are long-lasting. I've tried other varieties, and found that the effect wears off after a few hours. With these, my pollen shields are up all day. Bliss!
I keep a pack of these in my desk drawer at work and one at home also. On hot days, I have often worried about my hayfever coming along to ruin my plans. With these tablets, I have gained control over my allergy. A pack of seven can be purchased for just over £2.50, and Boots often have these as part of a two for one offer.
I should add that I use this product in conjunction with a Beconase nasal spray to combat the nasal effects of my allergy (separate review to come later). Additionally, my review of this product is written from the perspective of a hayfever sufferer. It'd be interesting to hear the opinions of others in relation to its effectiveness for other allergies.
Overall, if you are a hayfever sufferer, give these a try. They may just be exactly what you are looking for!
I suffer with hayfever every year - with the exception of last year when i somehow managed to avoid it - which was a relief not just to me but to my wallet!
I always try everything they suggest like wearing sunglasses to keep the pollen out of my eyes and avoiding fields and that sort of thing but i live in the middle of a town and it still really gets to me.
I find my eyes get very sore and itchy and i also get a sore throat and sneeze a lot as well as a constant itchy runny nose.
I usually use Zirtek or one of the other branded hayfever relief tablets but i was recently in Boots when i returned from my holiday and saw that they had these on a buy one get one free offer. Even without the buy one get one free they were cheaper than the other brands.
So i have found as long as i take one of these tablets each morning i have noticed a difference. I still get a runny nose but it is not so itchy and irritable and the same goes for my eyes.
I will definitely stock up on these from now on especially whilst the offer is on!
The weather so far this year has been pretty lovely by British standards but i'm already suffering with a runny nose, sore, watery eyes and a bad throat thanks to hayfever!
Tablets to combat hayfever are so pricey that i decided to try these Boots one as they were on a buy one get one free offer. They say they are fast acting for hayfever relief and also can be used to help with skin allergies, dust allergies and pet allergies. I can't comment on their effectiveness for the latter three unfortunately but it says for hayfever relief to take one tablet per day with water.
They are really small tablets so should be ok for anyone that has any difficulty swallowing pills.
I did notice a distinct different than without using the pills. My throat felt a lot clearer and my eyes weren't so sore although i did still get a runny nose - less sneezing thankfully though!
I would definitely recommend these as opposed to other branded hayfever relief tablets as they are cheaper - particularly on their special offers! I can't remember the price (i'm pretty useless at price checking - i tend to just pick things up without looking!) but i got a buy one get one free offer at Boots although eve without the offer they are significantly cheaper than other Brands i have tried.
I have only suffered from hayfever for the last few years, and it seems to get worse each summer (lucky me!). After the first summer of sneezing and people asking me what was wrong because my eyes were so red I decided to try a hayfever medication. I chose the Boots one as it active ingredient, loratidine, is non drowsy, which is fairly essential, and also becuse it's significantly cheaper than the branded products. It costs around £7 for a box of 30, but Boots quite often sell it on a two for one basis which is much better!
The tablets are taken once a day and prevent the sneezing, itchiness and eye problems associated with hayfever, but I have found that as my hayfever has got worse the tablets have got less effective - they stop the worst of it but I still sneeze and itch a bit. They also help my dust and pet hair allergies (these make my skin itchy) as antihistamines will pretty much treat any allergy.
So, I would say that if your hayfever is mild to moderate these will do the job perfectly, but you may need a little extra help if it's more severe.
I've been using this product for a few years now. As a sufferer for many years, I always dread the onset of hayfever each Spring. However, over the years, it's gradually got a bit milder. Whereas, every April I would previously troop off to the doctors to see what he was recommending this time, I now don't bother but just go for this product.
It's a bit pricey but if you buy a few packets of the thirty one-a-day then there is usually some Boots deal on, which means that you get one packet free, which hopefully will see me through the hayfever season.
If you get hayfever badly then I would imagine that this product, on its own, won't do the whole job and you will probably need a nasal spray as well. Not too mention the essential jar of Olbas Oil! However, if your hayfever is not too serious then I think that this product is worth a go.
According to the packet, these tablets also help with various other skin, dust or pet allergies. Well, I don't suffer from any of those so can't comment but, as far as hayfever goes, this product suits me fine.
Summer 2008 was the first time I had ever suffered from Hayfever. So when it came to taking a tablet to help relieve my symptoms I didn't have a clue which one to pick!
I went into my local Boots & saw the big range of Hayfever tablets and syrups. After a little while I finally chose the Boots own Hayfever & Allergy Relief Pack Of 7 One A Day. I picked the pack of 7 over the 30 pack just to see if they did the job before i went onto the bigger more expensive pack.
~ What The Tablet Claims To Do ? ~
The tablet claims to help the following:
- Sneezing, Runny Nose & Sore Eyes.
Also other allergies such as:
- Pet, House Dust Mite allergies, Skin allergies/ Rash & Itching, Hives.
I suffered from Sneezing, Runny Nose & Watering, Itchy Sore Eyes. I took the tablet in the morning as i started sneezing and I noticed the different fairly quickly. Instead of sneezing around 4-6 times per 30-60 minutes through out the day (Not as much sneezing after about 3-4pm) I was sneezing about 2-4 times the whole day! Which is a big difference.
My runny nose was better and the tablet didn't make it blocked or anything, just normal. I would have to have the odd blow but I didn't have to constently blow my nose!
My Eyes, The tablet stopped them being itchy, which was brilliant because i made my eyes sore by rubbing them! I guess me rubbing them made them water too?
So overall it helped my Hayfever symptoms. But you can tell when the tablet starts to ware off because near the end of the day, one of your symptoms will come back.
~ How To Take Them & Who ~
How To Take Them: They are a One a day tablet so you take them in the morning or when your symptoms occur. Take it by mouth with a drink of water. They are only small so it's fairly easy to swollow.
Who Can Take Them?: Children & Adults OVER 12 can take them. If you are ashmatic or on medication it's best to talk to your doctor or someone to double check they are suitable.
~ Price ~
A Pack of 7 tablets (A weeks course) costs £2.59 (Summer 08) Or Sometimes 2 Packs For £4.00.
A Pack Of 30 Tablets (A Months Course) Costs Around £7, Sometimes On BOGOF.
You can buy them in all Boots Stores.
The Main ingrediant Is Loratadine.
A 4* Product!
Not suitable for children under 12 yrs.