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After years of mercilessly teasing others about runny noses and watering eyes, karma finally got me and I developed hayfever this summer. It truly is awful and I now understand why people make such a big deal about it!
After first trying a supermarket own brand of antihistamines, I switched to Piriteze simply because they are a well known brand and I thought they'd be more effective. I'm glad to say I wasn't wrong.
The Piriteze allergy tablets come in packs of 7. I picked up two packs in Sainsburys on offer for £4. You are supposed to take one a day. I would normally take one in the morning with some juice, or later on in the day if I forgot.
For the first couple of hours, my nose would be less runny and my eyes would stop watering. However, after a couple of hours, the sniffling and irritation of my nose would start again. I found this extremely annoying as this was during my exam period and if I spent more than 3-4 hours in the library after taking these, I would have to resort to keeping tissues practically glued to my face. I would never take more than 1 a day, regardless of how bad my hayfever got.
I would recommend buying two packs at a time. It was extremely convenient for me as I would keep one pack at my flat and the other in my bag in case I forgot to take it in the morning. It's also nice to be able to give a tablet to a friend if they don't have any on them.
I wouldn't say there was anything particularly wrong with these tablets but I highly doubt they are the best allergy tablets out there.
PRICE: Currently £3.00 for a pack of 7 and £4.50 for a pack of 12 at the pharmacy department of my local Sainsbury's
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Cetirizine hydrochloride
Piriteze is a product designed to help alleviate the symptoms of various kinds of allergies, appearing to be a replacement for the old faithful Piriton.
The product comes in a green/yellow box, with directions for use on the rear together with dosage advice and a warning that the tablets may cause drowsiness. Inside is a leaflet giving more detailed information for effective and safe use. The front of the pack claims to offer relief from the symptoms of hay fever, skin allergies, pet allergies, mould spore and house dust mite allergies.
Hay fever is something I never suffered from until recent years, and then only mildly, but back in 2010 I contracted an illness which has left me with an ongoing barrage of skin sensitivity problems, and an intolerance to most fruits and vegetables. If I eat something that sparks off my allergy or wear anything other than very soft cotton, my skin can suffer quite badly from burning, prickling sensations which occasionally will break out into a bright red inflammation.
Piriton, as it used to be called, has helped me in the past, but lately I have occasionally been resorting to Piriteze in order to try and get some relief from any allergic reaction or skin irritations that I frequently suffer from.
The tablets, which are white, are packed inside the little cardboard box in plastic 'bubble-press' strips. They are a different shape to the old standard Piriton, but each tablet appears to contain the same quantities of active ingredients.
The new shape for these tablets makes them much easier to swallow, although I still find that they go down much better with a good slug of liquid. I do try to remember to take one as soon as my skin irritation or symptoms of any allergic reaction are in their early stages, but I often find that it isn't until the second dose that I begin to notice an improvement. Comparing the effectiveness of Piriteze to Piriton, I'd say that for me, the latter was the same strength, but faster acting.
However, I wouldn't be without Piriteze now as once they do start to work, the relief they offer is very welcome and I find that my symptoms will at best vanish and at worst be greatly eased, within two or three hours.
As far as relief from hay fever is concerned, I find Piriteze to be extremely effective. If I am outside and I can feel tree pollen starting to irritate my nose, I will just pop a tablet into my mouth, swallow, and within about 15 minutes, I am totally free from any kind of hay fever reaction. I'm unable to say if that is because my hay fever symptoms which I only sometimes get are mild, or whether this product is more instantly effective against the condition than against allergies and skin irritations.
One packet of twelve Piriteze will last me a long time, as I don't suffer symptoms on a daily basis that would necessitate seeking relief. I therefore find the product very economical to use and it is certainly cheaper than some medications which in recent years have been prescribed by doctors for my skin problems and allergies....they are also more effective, even if they do take a little while to work.
The only thing I can say about Piriteze that may be a problem for some people is the drowsiness which can ensue after having taken just a single dose. Due to my lifestyle, falling half asleep after medicating myself with Piriteze is something I can easily cope with, but such could cause difficulties for anybody who needs to stay awake and alert for performing tasks such as operating machinery or driving.
Since using Piriteze, my skin irritations and allergies have been much easier to cope with, as when I realise I have made a mistake by eating the wrong foods or wearing the wrong kinds of clothes, relief is at hand and I can then carry on with my life in relative comfort.
I would recommend Piriteze to anybody who suffers from any kind of irritation or allergy, although I personally don't find them to be actively different from the old Piriton. Sometimes if you buy them in the pharmacy section of a supermarket they can be on special offer, which of course works out more economical. It is cheaper to buy them in packs of 12 if you are a regular user, but just to try out or for once in a blue moon use, the pack of 7 may be something you'd prefer.
Thanks for reading!
~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~
I bought these before we went abroad but usually have some type of allergy tablets in the house especially for during the summer months.
WHAT ARE THEY?
These are tablets which promise to relieve the symptoms of : hay fever, skin allergies, pet allergies, and non-seasonal rhinitis (runny and itchy nose as well as skin allergies including a rash, itching and hives. Seems they have the ability to alleviate most everyday allergies so handy to have in the medicine box.
WHAT DO THEY CONTAIN?
They contain the active ingredient Cetirizine Dihydrochloride, which is the generic name for Zyrtec, which is an antihistamine.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS...
Before taking any medication, it is important to consider whether you are allergic to any of the ingredients and also to think about any possible side effects. As with all medication, these do carry a risk of side effects.
Common side effects: A common side effect of is drowsiness and fatique and could also include headaches, irritation or infection of the throat, and coughing. Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea. These symptoms are apparently not serious and should normally decrease with time, but if the side effects become worse, it is important to consult a doctor.
Serious side effects: Some side effects are serious and can cause harm. The following side effects need to be brought to the attention of your doctor immediately: increase in heart rate, high blood pressure and heart palpitations.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING
the tablets come packaged in a box with basic information and instructions on the back of the box; inside the box is a pamphlet containing full instructions and information.
There are seven tablets in the box which seems an unusual number but I can think only that its for a weeks dosage. The tablets are blister packed with each tablet having its own separate compartment. Each tablet is a small white rectangular shaped tablet with rounded sides so that they are say to take, with no sharp edges.
TAKING THE TABLETS...
Adults and children over the age of 12 years should take one tablet once a day. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 should take half a tablet twice a day. The tablets are not recommended for children under the age of 6.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
Whilst I have the pack of 7 tablets I have also seen them available in packs of12 and 30 tablets. I believe the pack of 12 is about £4.50 which isn't too expensive give that you need only one a day. They are widely available in chemists and supermarkets.
I took these when I recently had the runny nose and sore itchy eyes associated with half ever. Strangely I had never experienced this before and so self diagnosed and assumed it was hayfever. As recommended I took one on the first day and hilts I wasn't expecting any miracles I did find that within a relatively short period of time ( an hour or two) my most severe symptoms had lessened. I certainly wasn't experiencing the real eye itchiness I had been experiencing. The symptoms did reappear later in the day but I did get some relief from the symptoms for several hours. I took a tablet for two further days and the same pattern emerged. After a couple of days my symptoms disappeared but that was really because the hayfever had finished rather than the tablets working and getting rid of the hayfever.
Little Miss has also used these when she was 11, taking half a tablet twice a day and she had the same experience as I did but twice. Makes me think it might be more effective to take half a tablet twice a day and get relief twice!
In conclusion, they do slightly relieve symptoms for a time but not for the24 hours I expected given that they are to be taken once a day. If I suffer again I would take them since they are not expensive and compared to some people with hayfever my symptoms were mild. However, if I was near a chemist when symptoms struck I'd probably look for something else.
Thanks for reading
I have joined the hay fever sufferers and I have to say it is not a nice thing to have.
Piriteze is an Allergy Tablet and they come in packs of 12 Tablets which cost £4.69, they also come in smaller 7 tablet packets as well as larger packs. If these are something that you have to take daily you will make a bigger saving if you buy the larger bulk packets as they are more cost effective.
I take the Piriteze One a Day, I take it every morning when I wake up and know that I am covered for the day. I take these as they do not cause me any drowsiness. You need to make sure that you take these tablets with food and drink.
I have not had any issues or side effects when taking this tablets and I have been using them for a number of years for my prickly heat in the summer months. They work well you just have to allow them to enter into your system they are not a quick fix, If you need immediate help then I suggest trying a cream.
Once I had taken these for a week they were helping fight against my hay fever, One morning I forgot to take my Piriteze and by late afternoon I was sneezing and had a blocked nose. I immediately took one and a few hours later felt normal again.
These worked really well for me and they are definitely something that I will always keep in my medicine cabinet ready for the next bout of hay fever or prickly heat.
Piriteze Allergy Tablets; are used to treat the allergic symptoms of hayfever (itchy or watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose) and other allergies e.g pet,house dust mite and mould spore allergies / They can also be used to relieve the rashes and itching of chronic urticaria (hives).