“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Allergies / Dosage Form: Tablets „
A few members of my family suffer from Hayfever so having tablets in the house all year round, especially in the spring and summer is essential for us! At £1, these Hayfever tablets are very cheap and contain 14 tablets per packet.
From a Hayfever sufferer's perspective, these are very effective considering the price, and considering they are not a medicine prescribed by a GP . They are just as good as any other higher priced brand of Hayfever tablet, at relieving mine and my family's symptoms.
From the point of view of other allergies and bringing down insect bites, I would say these tablets are the best on the market. They are fast acting and give very impressive results in terms of relief. For example; I have an allergy to nettle stings and I come out in huge itchy rashes that last for days, and my skin also becomes raised with white dots. Within 25 minutes of taking one of these tablets, my rash had gone down significantly and the itching had calmed down a lot too. The symptoms were almost gone by the end of the day they were practically not there.
The tablets are really small, so very easy to swallow, with or without water. I have lost a couple of tablets because they are so small but that doesn't really matter because of how low the price is. You only need to take one tablet so it is very convenient. For hayfever - take one in the morning. Other allergies - just take one after the reaction.
The box is bright orange so I can always easily identify them, I'd say its rather hard to lose them to be honest! However the box is flimsy and both ends of the box will let the contents fall out of the box. However I don't expect much for £1.
The instructions are very well written, very clear and precise.
I have had no side effects or anything of the sort (and believe me I'm the sort of person that gets the side effects!) and they never make me feel drowsy.
To summarise; I strongly recommend these tablets in bulk, or at least giving them a try, as they are low cost and very effective.
To start with what is hay fever?, in simple terms it is an allergic reaction to airborne substances like pollen, dust mites or pet dander, eyes, nose and the sinuses, symptoms can vary from person to person from mild to extreme suffering.
It starts in the nose with sneezing, blocked and snotty, also makes the nose itchy along with the eyes, giving your eyes a quick rub is a big no as this just makes them worse, the throat also can become itchy, that's just the mild suffering, in extreme cases your eyes nose and throat can became inflamed making it hard to see and breath. Makes me really tired also.
This is my first time using medicine to get through the hay fever season, as I live in the countryside and have a dog I manage to get a good dose of pollen everyday, this year I had had enough, after looking at a few product I spotted this at less than a third of the price of the other products, I went for it, why pay for the name.
On the first day I took them It was 4 o'clock and can say I felt better very quickly, they are one a day but as I was still fine the next day I never took one, About 9 o'clock that night I could feel my nose starting to go but only just. The next day I took one in the morning then went out for a walk with my dog, I actually though my dog was smoking at one point as he ran through the long grass, but it was really puffs of pollen getting thrown into the air as he ran, this was a real test and I can say it went very well, my nose did start to go but nothing too bad, once I was back home it cleared up quickly, very pleased.
Other effects that these tablets have had are my heat rashes are gone woohoo, chopping onions is a nightmare for me, one time I felt like I was going to pass out, I could not open my eyes or breath, these tablets have sorted that out too.
If you only have mild hay fever increasing you vitamin C intake can help, regular fresh orange has helped me in the past, ginger can also a, ginger tea, crystalized ginger.
Once the pollen season begins, my horrible hayfever symptoms start to kick in. My husband also suffers from hayfever, though to a far lesser degree than I do. I have tried all sorts of remedies and some of them work better than others. I have also received medication from my GP and paid a fortune for prescription medicines which don't actually work that well or make me feel really drowsy and knock me out. I hate the side effect of some hayfever remedies.
That's why I was so delighted to have discovered some Hayfever and allergy relief medication which is made by Tescos and available at the really brilliant price of £1 for 14 tablets. All I need to use is one very day and they really do prevent the symptoms from kicking in and keep my hayfever symptoms such as runny nose and headaches and itchy watering eyes at bay.
I take one of these little small oval shaped white tablets every morning during the worst of the pollen season. One is all I need and the great thing about these tablets (Apart from the price and the fact that they work a treat) is that they don't make me fall asleep or drowsy whatsoever. It means I can stay alert enough to keep going at work and I don't end up snapping at people as I feel so grotty with tiredness.
Another great thing about this medication is that they aren't just designed to work for those of use who are unfortunate enough to suffer from hayfever. They are also designed to deal with the symptoms of any sort of allergy. For instance, my husband is badly allegoric to cats. (We have a dog but for some reason she causes him no bother at all). When visiting a friend's house recently he took one of these tablets beforehand and he suffered no ill effects from the cat, even though it had been rubbing itself against his ankles for the duration of the visit. Previously, if he'd done this, he'd have been sneezing and sniffing and wiping his eyes for hours and hours.
These really are a remarkable little tablet. They are so well priced, easy to swallow with a glass of water and the effects last for an entire 24 hours. They are so much better than any other type of hay fever and allergy relief medication I have used and I really do highly recommend them.
Spring and summer are getting closer (I hope), although with the warmer weather comes the dreaded hayfever! I have suffered with hayfever for as long as I can remember, although it has eased off in terms of the degree of suffering that I get since I have got older. I think that is down to the fact that I can stop the hayfever from 'spiralling' like it used to when I was a young child. For example, if I have irritation in my eyes, I stop myself from rubbing at them, as I know it will just get worse and worse, until they are streaming with water, and all red and swollen. When I was a child, my first instinct was to rub away in frustration at them, causing the symptoms to 'spiral'.
My eyes are always my biggest issue, I can easily cope with having a constant runny nose, and an itchy dry throat, but the swollen red eyes are too much for me.
Another huge factor which helps me to control my hayfever reactions, is the use of medication, and knowing myself when I need to take a tablet to stop the irritations in their tracks. I have used a whole range of different tablets over the years, some working better than others, and luckily they are a lot more readily available in shops and supermarkets now than they used to be years ago, when I would almost always have to go to a chemist.
A big problem with some products is the cost of them! Branded products such as Zirtec for example can be really expensive when costing around £3 for just 7 tablets. Luckily there are numerous 'none branded' products available now which still contain the same active ingredient (Cetirizene) which cost a fraction of the price and still do the same job.
This medication from Tesco cost me around £1 (from memory) last summer, and contained 14 tablets.
They come in a standard looking orange coloured cardboard box, with a picture of a dog and two children on the front of it. Inside the tablets are contained within a sealed foil packaging. Each tablet has a deep break-line across the centre, but this is not really needed as they are pretty small in size anyway.
These tablets from Tesco contain Cetirizine as their main API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) with each tablet containing 10mg of Cetirizine Hydrochloride. This is an API that I have commonly used over the last few years as I find it to be very effective at keeping my hayfever symptoms at bay. Also it gives me very little in the way of side effects, which often are a bit of an issue for me, especially the usual drowsiness side effect which is often associated with most hayfever medications, but the Cetirizine API works really well for me. Cetrizine on its own is basically an antihistamine drug, which means it will react in the body to stop histamine binding to receptors in your cells and starting the allergic response.
Along with relief from the symptoms of hayfever, this product also provides relief for other allergies, such as pet or dust mites, and skin rashes, itching and hives. As I have never suffered from any of these other allergies or rashes, I cannot really comment on them, but for hayfever symptoms, they work great on me.
The relief does come quite quickly after taking a tablet, and within 30 minutes or so I generally feel back to normal again, and all irritation has gone, from around my eyes. I wouldn't say that it completely stops the runny nose, but this is not really a big problem for me. Also the relief is long lasting, and just the one dosage each day is sufficient to provide long lasting relief throughout the whole day and night.
In terms of dosage, it is fairly simple, in that it is just 1 tablet to be swallowed with water daily. This medication is not suitable for children under the age of 6 though.
The Patient info leaflet which comes in the box, is full of useful info, and packed with the usual lengthy lists of warnings, including a detailed section on possible side effects such as:
Swollen lips, face tongue or throat.
Breathing or swallowing difficulty
Stomach or intestinal discomfort
I have to say that I have never suffered from any sign of any of the above side effects, but different people react in all sorts of ways to different medications, so it is important to keep them in mind.
Overall these tablets have worked well for me, and I will happily buy them again this season. It is a minuscule price to pay (£1), to clear away the nasty irritating symptoms of hayfever, which has in the past restricted me from many outdoor activities.
I always like to keep a box of these in my house, as hayfever can strike at some very unexpected times, not just hot summers days. I tend to suffer most on warm wet mornings throughout the summer, but it is nice to know, that by taking a small tablet I can easily get on with life as normal outdoors.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
I suffer from hayfever in the summer months, and as well as this I am a bit allergic to really dusty environments and some kinds of animal hair in particular cats. I usually get my hayfever medication on prescription, but often when I have run out of the prescription medication and haven't got around to ordering more I will pick up a couple of packets of these Tesco Hayfever and Allergy Relief tablets.
The packaging of this product is fairly basic. The tablets come in an orange cardboard box with the Tesco logo and product name on the front. There is also a picture of a flower on the front. Inside the box the tablets are held in 2 foil backed plastic sheets that you can easily pop them out through. These tablets are found in the medication aisle of Tesco alongside all the other over the counter medications. There is an information leaflet inside the pack with side effects, dosage instructions etc. The dosage instructions are also on the back of the box.
These tablets are small and white. They are oval in shape. They are very easy to swallow with a glass of water, and they are also easy enough to swallow without a drink which I have had to do a couple of times depending on where I am whenever I am taking the tablet. Adults should take one tablet a day, and the dose for children between age 6-12 is half a tablet a day. These should not be given to children under the age of 6.
The active ingredient in these tablets cetirizine hydrochloride, which is the exact same ingredient that is found in prescription hayfever medication. When I am suffering from hayfever or other allergies, I take one of these tablets first thing in the morning and I find that my sniffing and sneezing stays at bay all day. They also reduce itchiness/redness in my eyes. I find these tablets are every bit as effective as the ones I get on prescription. These tablets don't cause me to have any drowsiness.
These tablets cost £1 in Tesco for a pack of 14. This is a brilliant price considering there are branded products starting at £2 for a pack of 7 for the exact same product in a different box. Another bargain own brand product from Tesco. 5* and my full recommendation.
I don't like using brand names when I can save a bit of cash by using own brands, provided they are just as good as 'the real thing'. Sometimes that isn't the case and I go back to the brand but you live and you learn, and I really do think that Tesco Hayfever and Allergy Relief Tablets are a fantastic alternative to the branded allergy relief tablets available in your local pharmacy, though the only slight downside here is that obviously they're only available in Tesco. That said, at the price (a fantastic 99p for 14) they are something that you can pre buy and stock up on when you see them, before you need them (for most people you'll be using them over Summer).
The tablets are called Tesco Hayfever and Allergy Relief Tablets because they aren't just for Hayfever, though this is what I buy them for primarily. I also have a few other allergies though I usually manage to avoid the triggers (cherries, and biological washing powder, and certain cosmetics). But if and when I get a flare up I know that taking one of these will relieve the symptoms within a few hours at most.
Throughout Summer, and especially on holiday abroad when I seem to suffer the most with my hayfever, I simply take one Tesco Hayfever and Allergy Relief Tablet in the morning and that's enough to ward of the sneezes, eye watering and headaches associated with hayfever for the rest of the day. The tablets are non drowsy and it's safe to take other medication (though obviously if you have any concerns speak to your GP, and if you are pregnant or wish to give this to an under 16 year old), drink, and drive (though obviously, not after drinking..) What I'm saying here is quite simply, they work.
There's little else to say. The box is fairly basic, with the Tesco logo and a flower on it, and they're very easy to find in any Tesco which has a pharmacy or medication aisle as these can be purchased off prescription. At under £1 for 2 weeks supply I can pretty much do my entire Summer for under the price of a GP prescription so that's me happy (if you don't pay for prescriptions, you obviously may be best off going to your GP if you are a heavy sufferer like me). It works for pet allergies, pollen (inc grass) allergies, and more specific allergies like washing powder.
Tesco Hayfever and Allergy Relief Tablets are great to have in the house and at the price why pay more for the branded alternative? I keep a box in the car and one in my bag at peak hayfever times, so I'm never caught short, and at the price, I can afford to stock up as I know I'll use them.
Highly, highly recommended. They work, and they're a quarter of the price of the brand name. Why wouldn't you buy them?
WHAT ARE THEY?
Tablets to combat the symptoms of hayfever and minor allergies.
HOW DO YOU TAKE THEM?
Take one tablet every morning with a glass of water.
WHAT IS THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT?
The active ingredient in these hayfever tablets is Cetirizine and the tablet strength is 10mg
DO THEY WORK?
I think these tablets work very well. They do not make me drowsy but help with symptoms I get from an allergy and in the summer too when I have got hayfever. They stop my eyes itching and my nose stops itching and that means I don't sneeze so much, it says on the box that if I take these tablets it will also stop me from feeling congested but I do not get this symptom.
They work quite quick in about an hour of me taking the tablet and they do not make me feel sick or have any side effects to the tablets. They are small so easy to swallow and there is no aftertaste. I like that they stop my symptoms because they are very depressing and make me feel ill even though it is only an allergy. My biggest allergy is to long haired dogs but I have found out which ones of my friends cause this allergy and if I know I will be visiting them I take one of these tablets before I go and that usually stops me from experiencing symptoms at all, but I think these do work better if you let them build up in your system so when I've got hayfever I take one every day even if my symptoms are not very severe.
A box of 14 of these Tesco hayfever tablets costs £1 and that is very cheap comparing to the branded hayfever tablets. Cetrizine is also the active ingredient in Zirtek and they are a lot more expensive.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I have suffered from hay fever for a number of years and it is a problem for me. I have pretty mild symptoms to what many of my family have but they still cause me grief. Last spring/summer this little tablets got me through. The aim of them is to reduce the effects of hayfever on your body. It helps with itchiness of eyes, nose etc. they can also be used for allergies, dust allergies and skin irritation. They are very useful to have in your cupboard as they can be used for different things and you never know when you may need to use them. I have been using tesco ones because they are a fraction of the price and give good results for me personally.
These come to two different types, 7's or 14's! I tend to buy the bigger pack as it saves me money in the long run. The last packet I purchased only cost me 80p. The branded allergie relief tablets are well over £1. Each tablet works out try cheap as you only have to take one of these a day and it will help with your symptoms.
Do they work?
The pill is very small and easy to swallow on there own or with a glass of water. They are tiny and you wouldn't even know you have swallowed it. They effectively start to relief symptoms very quickly. If I take one of these early in the morning before work then I hardly suffer from any symptoms throughout the entire day. These are really handy to use and if they were not available my summers and springs would be awful. My girlfriend suffers from many skin allergies and these seem to work for her too. A pack will last me over two weeks so they are so cheap and do not leave a dent in my pocket. My doctor recommended that I got some hayfever tablets and since using these I am happy. I have tried so many tesco own brand products and health care products and they all seem to work really well.
I would definately recommend These if you have any forms of allergies, they work well and are very cheap. They are handy to have in the house and are useful. The price is excellent, I am happy I have found these and will be using them for the future. They are brilliant .
I suffer from hayfever in the summertime, and need to take something every day to stop the itchy eyes and mad sneezing.
This particular brand is tescos own and it costs £1 for 14 tablets which is quite reasonable. The brand show in the picture is the brand that makes you drowsy. They also do exactly the same one but non drowsy, which is great as you can go to work and do everything normally. I also keep a box of these incase I take one at night time then it doesnt matter if I feel sleepy.
Its one tablet for an adult and only one tablet per day, so take it when you have your breakfast and your set for the whole day.
One pack will last you two weeks, so I have a whole stack to last the summer. Its a cost effective way of managing my hayfever as other brands are so expensive. If you look on the back of this one compared to something like piriton it has the same ingredients so why pay more.
You can also take this to help with insect bites, it stops them swelling and takes away most of the itchiness. I seem to get bitten a lot!
The pill itself is tiny and in a sort of oval shape. Its easy to swollow with water and there is just one strip containing all 14 pills, and also instructions.
The box is orange and the non drowsy one is blue.
You dont need a prescription and its available on the shelf you dont even need to see a pharmacist.
I always keep Hayfever relief tablets in the cupboard, it doesn't have to be a particular brand any will do, the one I have at the moment is Tesco's own. I normally buy non-drowsy but picked this up by mistake. The 'proper branded' tablets are sometimes three times the price of these, some with the same active ingredient so a big saving.
The box is orange and tells us what it's for on the front, the tablets are in a blister pack. Mine is a pack of 7 costing about 60p but they are available in 14's for 99p (which I didn't see at the time of buying) Each tablet contains 10mg of cetirizine hydrochloride. This medicine is an antihistamine for the relief of hayfever, dust allergies, pet allergies, house dust mite and skin allergies eg itching. These tablets are tiny and easily swallowed with water. The dose is one every 24 hrs but I find they wear off alot earlier than this. There is an extensive leaflet guide that comes in the box with advice on possible side effects which are many but I haven't experienced anything other than tiredness but not overly, another brand of cheap ones that I've had leaves me exhausted.
I take these for catarrh and find it really helps, they don't take long to work maybe 20 mins but they don't last the 24 hrs. I've given them to the kids for various ailments but only when they reached 6yrs as they're not suitable for anyone under this age. My son gets hayfever which gives him a blocked stuffy runny nose which can stop him from sleeping these tablets help him sleep and do improve his bunged up feeling. I've given them out for nettle stings and heat rash and again it seems to help.
Non-Drowsy antihistamines are better for the daytime but these are great at night, they give relief for several hours which is long enough to get to sleep for this reason I'm giving it 5 stars.
I have suffered from hayfever since I was 17, so in 15 years, I have tried many of the products on the market, and know which ones are best for me. I have tried all of the big brands in my time, and one that suited me partly in terms of helping the symptoms and not making me too drowsy was the brand Zirtek. One thing that has stopped me taking these, is that they can be so expensive.
If I were to go into Boots today to buy the branded version, I would be looking at £3.29 for 7 tablets, or £9.19 for 21. I have paid this when I was working, but I begrudge paying that much for them when I know that Zirtek uses the active ingredient Cetrizine, and while these contain cetrizine hydrochloride which is chemically slightly different, because it is combined with Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride.
Cetrizine on its own is an antihistamine drug. This means it reacts in your body to stop histamine binding to receptors in your cells and starting the allergic response. It gets there first, and leaves no room for the histamine.
Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant, so that is helpful for treating the dilated blood vessels in the nose after the allergic reaction has started, and relieves some of the stuffy and irritated nose symptoms that can make life miserable.
So you are looking at a 2 pronged attack to stop you reacting, and also treat your symptoms.
The biggest advantage here being, this non branded version available from Tesco is £0.99 for 14 tablets. This is a significant saving for me, and means I can treat my symptoms a lot more cheaply than I could by buying branded. Therefore, I don't skimp out on how long I take them for, or try to only take them on the worst days, and getting the best results for my allergy.
The box is bright orange to really stand out. It now has a picture of a flower on the front too, alongside a picture of a dog with 2 children, to highlight that it can also help allergies to pets, and dust as well as pollen. It can also be used to help if you are suffering from an allergic skin reation.
Dosage is one tablet daily. Each tablet is contained within a typical foil backed blister pack. These need to be kept away from kids as they can get in these easily. They are white in appearance, and capsule shaped. They are smaller than say a paracetomol tablet by quite a bit, so you barely notice swallowing them with a drink. I tend to take any allergy medication in the morning for best effect.
Each tablet contains 10mg of the active ingredient. This drug can be taken by children from 6 years old, though I know cetrizine on its own should not be taken until over 12 years old. I think I would be careful myself if giving these to kids.
There is also a warning that if you have kidney problems you should maybe only take a half dose. Again, to be safe I would talk to a doctor or trained pharmacist before taking them if I had any health complaint. They are also unsuitable for anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding as it quickly breaks down in the body.
Overall a good saving to be made if Zirtek works for you, but as always, make sure to follow any safety precautions.
I personally find these help a lot on lower pollen days, but I need to bring in some extra help on high pollen days by supplementing with different over the counter remedies. With hayfever, I have had to experiment a lot with different treatments to find a regime that suits me, and low price drugs like this help you to do that without feeling you wasted cash. Worth a try.