“ Brand: Ratiopharm / Type: Allergies / Dosage Form: Tablets „
I started suffering from a mild form of hayfever several years ago but my symptoms have got a lot worse in the last couple of years. Last year, I felt the need to take tablets for the first time and being quite naive about what was out there and I assumed that the more expensive brands would be better than own brand counterparts. Having already tried Benadryl and not found it very effective, I then decided to try this one.
WHY I CHOSE THEM
These tablets contain cetirizine hydrochloride, which I have found to be the most effective ingredient for treating my itchy/runny eyes, sneezing and irritated throat. I have tried tablets containing Loratadine but I found this to be less great results-wise. I tend to look for tablets containing Cetirizine as I also suffer from an on-off skin irritation that is similar to uritica, and have been advised by my doctor that this is the best ingredient to also try to treat that.
I tend to take hayfever tablets on a daily basis since I suffer badly these days and very rarely have an "good" day during hayfever season without them. Because of that, I am taking them more as a preventative measure rather than reaching for one as soon as symptoms start and I can't comment on how quickly they may kick in after symptoms occur.
I can say that they were reasonably effective in dulling my symptoms last year but I am suffering worse this year and have found that they have been less effective this time around. I have now swapped to an own brand product containing the same ingredient, which has been more pleasing results-wise.
While most people probably take hayfever tablets purely for hayfever, they can also be used for other allergies. As I mentioned earlier in the review, I was also wanting to take tablets for a minor skin allergy which flares up from time to time. Unfortunately, these tablets did nothing for the itching and redness associated with that so it was a disappointing buy all round for me.
I paid around £1.50 for a pack of 10, which doesn't make it the cheapest product out there but it is more cost effective than many brands.
I personally won't be buying these tablets again as while they seem ok for milder hayfever symptoms, I found them to be disappointing for stronger symptoms as I was still suffering quite badly despite taking them everyday for a couple of months. They also do nothing for my skin allergy compared to other tablets.
Itchy skin, sneezing, runny eyes and nose, feeling under the weather, all symptoms of allergies that can be relieved with anti-histamines. I take anti-hitamines every day of the year for urticaria which is like nettle rash on the skin and without them I'd be a mess. My GP prescribes anti-histamines for me but I also like to have some in stock at home in case for some reason I can't get to the surgery to pick up my prescription. I couldn't last a day without my anti-histamines without scratching my skin until it bleeds so it's really important for me to have some kicking around the house.
Usually I buy Zirtek from various places but not long ago I was wandering around one of our local discount shops and I happened to notice these Allertek tablets. These tablets are 10mg Cetrizine Hydrochloride which is precisely what Zirtek are just under another name. I noticed they were a measly 50p each packet which contains 7 tablets so I bought a couple of packets. Zirtek varies in price depending on where you buy it but I've never seen it as low as these Allertek.
The box is a dark blue with AllerTek in yellow letters across the top. Down one side are some red boxes showing which allergies these treat. They are made by Ratiopharm which is a German company.
Allertek tablets are suitable for hayfever, pet allergies, dust mite allergies and skin allergies. They treat rhinitis (nasal problems), hayfever, sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watering eyes and for me, the all important urticaria. I'd had them sat in a drawer for a few weeks when the heavy snow began.
I live out in the sticks and my GP surgery is 7 miles away. The depth of the snow and the slope of our drive meant I couldn't even get my car onto the main road, the road itself was covered in snow with a coating of ice on top and I didn't fancy the struggle to the GPs so I pulled out one of these packets of Allertek to use for a few days while the snow cleared.
The information leaflet tells us you shouldn't take these if you are pregnant or breast feeding and if you've ever had an allergic reaction to cetrizine. If you have kidney or liver problems, are on dialysis or are trying to get pregnant you should ask your GP about taking these first. The recommended dose of one tablet a day should not cause drowsiness but if it does you should not drive or operate machinery. I don't have any of these complications and don't find I get drowsy but I take mine last thing at night before I go to sleep anyway.
There are some possible side effects listed which include headaches, stomach upset, agitation, dry mouth, dizziness and drowsiness but again I don't get any of these.
The tablets are a small white tablet with a number 10 on one side and a line across the centre of the other side. They come in a foil blister pack and the recommended dose is one a day.
I took one of these each night for 4 nights while I waited for the roads to clear so I could get my prescription and I have to say they controlled my allergic symptoms perfectly. I expected them to however as they are essentially Zirtek under another name and Zirtek has always worked for me. One thing I've found is you should avoid alcohol after you've taken one of these, or indeed any anti-histamine, or it can make you very sick! I like a glass of wine in the evening so I take mine after I've had that to avoid the sickness from mixing the two.
Overall these are just a cheaper version of the chemicals you find in Zirtek so if you use Zirtek these are the same thing but cheaper. I've never seen them anywhere else except this discount store but I expect they might surface in the summer in other places so watch out for them if you want a cheaper anti-histamine than Zirtek. They contain the same ingredients so work as well. Highly recommended and thank goodness I had some in for the duration of the bad weather.