“ Tesco Hayfever and Allergy relief tablets are a good option to have when suffering from mild allergy symptoms. Although more serious sufferers may need a higher dose, they are cheap, effective and non-drowsy. „
My hay fever has gradually been getting worse as I have got older and I have been suffering particularly badly this year. My eyes are so itchy and I just have to rub them quite hard to relieve the itching but this makes them very sore and it turns into a vicious circle of itching and rubbing until my eyes turn into two red circles on my face. I am sneezing numerous times a day and my nose keeps running as though I have a bad dose of the flu.
I have taken other brand of hay fever tablets in previous years but tried these Tesco non drowsy tablets and bought a box of seven for just £1.49 which is the cheapest I have seen them. I don't tend to take them every day just when I feel I need them when I wake up, or when I know the pollen count I going to be particularly high.
The active ingredient in these tablets is cetirizine hydrochloride which is in the majority of hay fever tablets and in addition to hay fever they are also suitable for skin and pet allergies, and mould spore and house dust mite allergies. The box contains 7 tablets but you can also get them in boxes of 12.
The recommended dosage for an adult is one per day, for children ages 6 to 12 half a tablet twice a day and they are not suitable for children under 6 years old. There is a warning on the box stating that they may cause drowsiness and if so not to drive or operate machinery. Personally I haven't found they make me any more tired than I am during the hot weather anyway, but I am sure that everyone's tolerance levels are different and you should be aware that they can make you sleepy. They are also not suitable if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
The tablets themselves are long and thin and are easily popped out of the foil. I find them small enough to swallow without having any water with them and there is no real taste to them. I find that if I take one of these tablets my symptoms usually start to reduce after about half an hour and this lasts for the rest of the day. I do still sneeze occasionally but I don't have the itchy eyes and runny nose so a few sneezes I can cope with.
I feel that these tablets contain my hay fever and reduce my symptoms, and I would recommend them to others as long as the price is right.
I do suffer from hay fever during the summer months, as does my husband and we both use hayfever relief tablets from Tescos. These are the non-drowsy type, though I have taken the drowsy ones too. These cost me one pound for a blister pack of fourteen tablets. The tablets themselves are really tiny and you only need to take one very day. During the summer months and when the pollen count is at its highest levels, I take one of these before work every morning with my breakfast and that usually sets me right for the rest of the day. It's actually amazing just how effective these tiny tablets are.
I'm quite lucky allergy-wise really as I'm not allergic to any foods or medicine. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to pet hair though which drives me mad as I love animals, paticularly dogs. I only have to stroke a cat and my eyes will itch and water and I'll get rashes on my arms and chest. My daughter recently bought a staffordshire bull terrier puppy and I was keen to get round there and say hello so forgot my antihistamines on the first visit which I regretted as I sneezed all night after. I decided I'd need to get some antihistamine tablets ready for my next visit.
I grabbed a box when shopping in Tesco and paid just £1 for a box of 14 10mg tablets. These are much cheaper than alternative brands which can be £3+. I only get the cheap ones as I only use them on occasion if I'm going to be around someones pet. I've used similar priced ones from Asda and Boots and found them to be very good.
The antihistamines are suitable for dust allergies, pet allergies and hayfever. I've never used them to relieve symptoms from other allergies, just for the pet hair allergy. You only have to take one per day which is great as you can take one when you wake up and don't have to worry about repeating them through the day. Instructions for who can take them i.e. children over 30kg aged 2+ is on the box and the leaflet inside.
I take these about an hour before going to my daughters now and have been symptom free since. I've spent hours with the dog and have bathed her without the tablets wearing off. It's blissful to know I can give the puppy a good fuss and not be sneezing and itching all night! I'd definitely recommend these as I couldn't ask for anything more from antihistamines so don't see the point in spending more on the more expensive brands when these work so well. Available from Tesco stores and online.
These work exactly the same as the far more expensive branded loratadine. The problem is they do not work instantly, this is not due to the tablets but the nature of the histamine reaction on the body. The effects of histamine are slow, the blocked nose and itchy eyes are caused by yesterday's histamine reaction NOT today's, thus you have to wait 24 hours before the tablets start to work, then take them every day and at this price you can afford it.If they still don't work try cetrizine hydrochloride instead it may work better for you.
I have horrendous hayfever in the summer months, I think mostly from pollen and long grass. Also I am allergic to long haired dogs and most cats. I have recommended this to all my friends and family who suffer from pollen.
I take this pill every day as stated, and it completely eradicates my itchy eyes, sneezing, tickly throat and wheezing. Its a tiny pill and easy to swallow with just a bit of water. You don't need a prescription you can just pick it up from the shelf. I asked a pharmacist and she said its the same ingredients as piriton and other antihistamines.
It comes in a blister pack of 14 tablets, the box also contains instructions and pictures of a women enjoying life without hayfever. It contains 10mg of loratadine, and lactose which stops you feeling drowsy. Tescos do another version which is drowsy in an orange packet for the same price. When there isn't the non drowsy version I have had to buy the other one, but I combat it by taking it at night and it seems to carry me through the night and day until the next one. Although I am quite lethargic. I don't drive so this doesn't affect me too much. You could also take half a pill to combat some of the drowsiness.
I would recommend this pill to everyone who is fed up with summer hayfever and all year round pet allergies. It does a better job than some named brands that are 3 times the price. It will save you a lot of money, especially if you have to buy it all the time. It comes in packs of 7 or 14. The 14 pack is £1 which is very affordable for 2 weeks worth of relief.
My partner has asthma and a variety of other symptoms which she is unlucky enough to endure, one of these being year long allergies to anything and everything from dust to pollen to cats. Now we do try to clean the house daily but dust comes from every corner so it's impossible to actually get rid of it all. Another thing is she bought me a cat (you'd think this is ridiculous) but she's grown to like her despite the sneezes; and we can't escape plants and pollen so we need a solution. There is also the horse allergy I forgot to mention, even if someone has been near a horse it sets her eyes off and she can barely breathe!
Rather than get an expensive prescription we looked around for a cheaper alternative and found Savers and Wilkos who sold packs of 14 for 99p, however, sometimes we can't get and buy them from Tescos. The allergy relief tablets we have been buying for the past few months have been Tesco one a day hayfever and allergy relief 10mg tablets in packs of 14 for £1 which is quite reasonable.
The box is mainly blue with a scene at the bottom of a mother and child with the dog outdoors obviously depicting areas of high allergy. The back of the box describes the tablets are to be used for symptoms of hayfever and other allergies, for example pet and dust mites. The tablets can also be taken to relieve urticaria and other skin allergies.
There is dosage information which is 1 tablet a day to be taken with water for children and adults aged 2 and over but weighing more than 30kg.
WARNINGS: Do not give to under 2's or those weighing under 30kg.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Do not use if pregnant or breast feeding.
The tablets contain 10mg of loratadine and lactose. The loratadine is used to make the tablets non drowsy and this is the preferred option as my partner needs to go to work and drive so does not want to feel sleepy.
The tablets are produced by Galpharm Healthcare Ltd.
Inside the box is an instruction leaflet detailing what the medicine are for, what you should know, how to take it, possible side effects, how to store it, contra indictations and other information which may be relevant. Also in the box is one blister pack which is white plastic on the back and silver foil on the top. The blister pack contains 14 tablets and has what they are written across the foil which is useful if you don't want the box.
So the tablets are quite small and easy to take with a drink; I understand that some people find taking small tablets tricky so they could be combined with food or yogurt for example. They have a chalky outer but due to the size this does not affect the swallowing.
My partner takes one of these tablets a day regardless of where she is going as she often is affected by allergies. They are fantastic and this is easy to tell as the days she forgets to take the tablets she is sneezing and has watery eyes. When she takes the tablets she is at ease around flowers, our cat and even horse related items. If she forgets to take it the tablets seem to take effect within an hour.
I must say these tablets work fantastically and for £1 for 14 they are fantastic value for an allergy free life. The rival brands such as Clarytin and Piriton are often at least £3 and they all do the same job!
I do suffer symptoms of hayfever in the summer months but not massively so but I do always have some hayfever and allergy relief tablets in my house all year round because I am very allergic to cats. If I am around a cat, or even sometimes if someone who owns a cat has been around me, my eyes will itch, swell and eventually puff right up so that I can barely see at all. Obviously this isn't something that I want happening and so if I know I am going to be somewhere a cat has been or around a cat I will take a hayfever and allergy relief tablet before I go. The tablets that I currently have are Tesco's non drowsy hayfever and allergy relief tablets and this is my review of them.
The Tesco non drowsy hayfever and allergy relief tablets come in a thin cardboard box which is mainly blue and yellow which I guess would be to represent feelings of summer where of course hayfever is generally more prominent. There is a small picture on the bottom of the box of a woman and a child lying in a green field with a dog next to them which I think serves the purpose of highlighting that this is a multi use product as opposed to just a hayfever one just in case you miss the product name in large lettering on the front of the box! We are told that this tablet will provide fast acting hayfever relief but also will relieve skin, dust and pet allergies too. The back of the packaging goes in to a bit more detail about the kinds of things you can take these tablets for including skin rashes and hives for example.
These tablets each contain 10mg of Loratadine and this is actually marketed under some branded names such as Clarityn which are a whole lot more expensive than this Tesco branded product! The idea with Loratadine is that it will not make you feel drowsy after use which some similar products can do. I always try to buy the non drowsy tablets because I never know when I am likely to need to take one of these!
Inside the box that I have there is a plastic foil backed blister pack which contains fourteen tablets. You can buy these in a box of seven or fourteen but I will always pick up the larger pack as they are more economical and last longer obviously. The tablets are easily popped through the foil by pushing on the plastic at the other side and they are really small when you do get hold of them and so I find them really easy to take with a drink of water. I wouldn't advise taking them without a drink of water even though they are quite small because they are a bit chalky and wouldn't taste very nice either.
These tablets are suitable for adults and children over 2 years of age as long as they weigh more than 30kg. Now I personally wouldn't give my son one of these anyway because I buy piriton syrup for him as he sometimes suffers with hayfever type symptoms too. These tablets are strictly one a day though and you should not exceed the stated dose under any circumstance. These are not suitable for use if you are pregnant or breast feeding either.
As I mentioned I will often take one of these tablets before I know I am going to be somewhere where there are cats and I will try and take them around half an hour before I come in to contact with cats as I find that they have then worked their way in to my system and will stop my eyes from swelling and things. This does mean that I can be around cats for the rest of the day and know that I am not going to suffer a bad reaction. If I come in to contact with cat hair accidentally, such as when a staff member from another shop came to help me out at my shop and had cat hair on her bag and coat and my eyes started to swell, I can take one of these tablets straight away and whilst it will take up to an hour to calm the symptoms down these do work well eventually. I also find that these tablets work well for me when I am suffering hayfever symptoms and so I see no need at all to look for a more expensive brand when the Tesco's ones work fine.
A box of fourteen tablets will usually last me many months but may last other people longer if they needed them even less frequently than I do. The box I have has an expiry date of July 2014 on the side and so they do have a good shelf life. A box of fourteen costs £1.50 from Tesco where a seven packet box will cost 90p so it does make sense to get a larger box really. As a comparison you will find a box of ten Clarityn costs £5.50 from Tesco and there really is no need at all to pay those prices! I will continue to purchase this along with an Asda brand that I sometimes buy too as they work well for my needs and are cheap to boot!
Thank you for reading my review!
Although we're still a fair way off the summer (and accompanying hayfever seasons), I still feel impelled to write about these tablets now, as to educate the reader ahead of time. Contrary to a lot of legitimate opinions I've read on dooyoo, I was quite unimpressed by the effect the tablets had on my symptoms and their subsequent reduction. Overall, the product only numbed particular areas and the numbness of those areas didn't last an acceptable amount of time, in my opinion, and I'll describe all this later. It must be said, though, that this could all just be due to my own individual tolerance level to the drug - I've tried a lot of different tablets in the past 5-10 years, some prescribed and some from over the counter (Morrison's own, etc), this might have influenced the effects this standard super-market variety had on me.
This Tesco product's packaging is a simple card box containing 7 small, white tablets (10 mg of Loratadine in each) which are kept undisturbed behind a layer of foil glued to a molded plastic backing (like all tablets I've come across). In order to take a tablet you must pop it from its individual compartment - reading the instructions thoroughly before use - and drink it down with water (or any other cold drink). On the back of the packet are the usual health warnings, recommended dosages, effects/reliefs, and a list of the chemicals found within each tablet. Taking one tablet should (theoretically) ease your symptoms within the hour, and only one tablet needs to be taken every 24 hours, because the product works for up to 24 hours (allegedly). *I hope my rather negative / pessimistic attitude towards the product is getting through!*
The symptoms it should ease:
- Itching and running eyes / throat
- Bunged up nose / sneezes
- Breathing difficulties related to pollen and dust.
- Skin problems, rashes etc related to the above.
The severity of your symptoms depends on where you've been and what you're wearing. If you're outside playing football in a T-shirt then the pollen is going to make contact with you more than if you're indoors with your head in the bath. If you come inside and neglect to change your top, then the pollen will remain on / around you, increasing symptoms' experienced. A lot of the work against hayfever can be done by planning where you're going each day, and checking the (usually pretty generalized) pollen count online / on TV - is the pollen count any help? Probably not, to be honest.
The symptoms that this Tesco product lessened for me were my itching eyes and throat (arguably the most annoying symptoms!), but nothing else. For the rest of the day I was left with a general groggy, bunged up, tiresome feeling around my nose, eyes and mouth. The benefits only came on after around 1 hour and were gone 12 hours later, conflicting to the information on the packaging. Hayfever tablets are one of those medications where you (normally) really can feel the difference after taking them, you can feel the relief come over you, physically altering your natural chemical balances (whether outdoors or in). All I'm saying with this product is that, unlike the others, the sense of relief is far less substantial and (as I say) only seems to affect certain areas of the body.
If you, like me, are used to taking the stronger stuff, you often get with it a feeling of drowsiness throughout the day - related to the strength of the product. I changed my prescription at the doctor's at least once to try and illuminate this drowsy effect as it can really disturb your day. THIS product is no where near strong enough to cause drowsiness, and anyway it is, fundamentally, a NON-DROWSY product - you can buy the standard version from Tesco for the same price (90p per 7 tablets) and maybe, just maybe that will give the satisfactory relief you're after.
Overall, the satisfactory relief this product encroached on my ever bothersome hayfever symptoms remains virtually non-existent. Besides a bit of lite lessening of my itchiness, I felt no major lift from the constraints of the deeply irritating allergy. The only plus side is the products non-drowsiness and ridiculous value - but you get what you pay for! ...in this case, not much.
INFO: Not for children under 2 years or weighing less than 30 Kg.
PRICE: 90p (7 tablets)
AVAILABILITY: tesco.com (or in your local store)
As a hayfever sufferer, I have tried taking these tablets to alleviate the effects however I have not found them to be effective. I still find myself experiencing the symptoms to the same degree whether I take these Loratadine tablets or not.
The tablets are small and therefore easy to swallow and only need to be taken once a day. I experienced no side effects at all while taking them. They are also quite cheap so if you have never tried them before, even if you do not find them to be effective, you will not have spend a lot of money on them to find out. This particular brand seems to be good value as they contain the same ingredients as some of the branded versions which are sold at a much higher price, so if they are effective for you this would be a cheaper alternative.
I think these tablets are worth a try for allergy sufferers as, even though I have found out that Loratadine does not work well for me personally, I know people who take it and it does them good. However, I can't rate them highly from my own experiences as I found them to have no noticeable effect on my hayfever.
As we are all aware summer has finally reached the UK (yay!) and with it's arrival, out come the flip flops and sunglasses and so begins my sneeze fits!
I don't think of myself as a serious sufferer of hayfever as I never had it when I was young, and my sinuses don't seem to be irritated every day throughout summer. It is probably me being a slight hypochondriac that in the past, as soon as I sneeze when the sun is out I diagnose myself with hayfever. When this happened today I made a quick dash to the nearest supermarket to buy some products which would help put my mind at ease.
In Tesco, I saw this pack of Non-drowsy hayfever and allergy relief tablets for 85p and figured, as I probably don't have a severe case of hayfever this small, bargain priced pack would suffice. The pack contains only 7 small tablets, 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. (In effect, one pack lasts an entire week, not bad for 85p!) The active ingredient in these tablets is 10mg of Loratadine. Loratadine is a part of a group of antihistamines; medicines which help alleviate the symptoms of allergies, and so this remedy is also supposedly good for skin and dust allergies alongside symptoms of hayfever like runny nose and sneezing. The fact that they are non-drowsy means these tablets can still be taken during the day time for sufferers operating heavy machinery e.g. driving a car etc so all round the description sounds ideal!
However, perhaps I am an impatient person or these just don't work. Whatsoever. An hour later I was still sneezing away like no-one's business and my throat had just become more itchy, irritated and tickly. So have to say I wasn't too impressed! The rest of the day continued and my symptoms were not relieved in the slightest. Due to the fact that these are only to be taken once a day I was not going to risk my health and buy an alternative as it would be too high a dosage of Loratadine for one day. So as a result I am left to sneeze over everyone in awkward situations and tomorrow I will go to the nearest chemist and shell out a few more pennies for some hayfever relief that actually works! All in all I will not be reocmmending!
- Other small points -
~Can be for adults and children over 2 years of age; as long as they weigh more than 30kg
~Not to be taken if pregnant or breast feeding
~Sufferers with severe liver problems should only take one EVERY OTHER DAY
~Product contains lactose, so to be avoided if consumers are lactose intolerant
~May be possibility of side effects (as with any other medicine)
~To be stored in a cool dry place and used before expiry period
I have suffered from hayfever on and off for around 11 or 12 years, some years I get it quite bad, some years its pretty non existent. It is not nearly as bad as it was when I was around 15 or 16, my eyes were streaming and nose was running no matter what I did! I always like to keep some antihistamines in the house just in case it flares up again.
These tesco non drowsy hayfever relief tablets contain 10mg of loratadine, I usually go for non drowsy hayfever relief as I don't want to be falling asleep! How much the others would make me fall asleep I'm not really sure. Though if loratadine doesn't work for you tesco also do cetirizine tablets which may make you drowsy.
The tesco non drowsy hayfever tablets are very cheap, currently costing 85p for a packet of 7, the cetirizine tablets cost even less at only 50p for 7! This is compared to brand named tablets such as clarityn (which contains loratadine as well) costing up to £3 for a pack of 7.
The tablets come in a cardboard box with instructions and the tablets themselves are in a blister tablet packet. The tablets are very small, kind of oval shape and white. They are very very easy to swallow, I usually don't even need to use water to swallow them. You should take one tablet every 24 hours so if you are having a massive hayfever attack one packet should last you a week.
As with most antihistamies if I am having a bad hayfever attack I find it doesn't completely stop all the symptoms, but makes them more bearable. My hayfever hasn't been too bad for a number of years, when I was younger I used antihistamines, eye drops and nasal spray to keep the symptoms at bay, and I still suffered sometimes!
Overall these are great value for money and I would definately reccomend these to any hayfever suffers, especially if you normally buy more expensive tablets. some people may fine these don't work as well for them but for 85p a packet, it is worth it to give them a go, you may save a lot of money!
I always buy these tablets. Tesco have since changed the packaging but the tablets are exactly the same.
Each pack contains seven tablets in blister packaging. You simply select a tablet and push it through from the other side. The tablets themselves are VERY tiny and they're white in colour. They're oval shaped making them easy to swallow. I normally take one of these tablets in the morning as soon as I wake up. They take longer to get into your system compared to premium branded hayfever tablets. If I take one around 9am it's not until 10am that I am able to hoover and go outside in the sunshine (or rain!), so it's about an hour before they kick in.
The tablets manage to help with my hayfever symptoms. My nose is usually really runny and stuffy during hayfever season but these tablets help with that so I am then able to get on with my day. They help with nasal symptoms and they help with itchy eye symptoms too. They manage to keep my eyes protected from pollen and overall I feel much better. I don't have to worry about what i'm doing or where i'm going as just one of these small tablets keeps me hayfever free all day long.
These also work for pet allergies. I have a long haired guinea pig and he makes me sneeze. I can now cuddle him with these and no sneezing fits will ruin our cuddle!
These are great value too for under a pound. Try them.
I suffer from hayfever in summer time and it has just started to come back. I get itchy eyes, uncontrollable sneezing and it generally doesnt feel nice.
I cant afford to buy products like piriton constantly as this Tesco product does exactly the same job for half the price. The pills are very small and you dont need to take a whole tablet at once as they are quite strong. I bite off a tiny amount and this is usually enough to get me through the day without having the hayfever symptons.
These pills must only be taken once a day as they say non drowsy but if I take one they still make me feel a bit weird and floppy.
The box is white and blue with the Tesco brand on it and contains 7 pills. You should take the pill with water and you can take it anytime in the day though it works best if you take it at the beginning of the day rather than waiting for the symptons to appear.
I am also allergic to cats so if i go to a friends house where there is one then I take a precautionary bite to get me through the visit. I can still feel that if I touch my eyes then they will itch but it seems to keep the sneezing at bay.
If you need a medium amount of support with your hayfever then I would recommend these, if you need something stronger then piriton is good but more expensive. I havent had to use another brand since trying these.
They will cost you around £1.50 and you can buy two packets at once.
As the time of year approaches when hayfever starts to strike I will shortly be stocking up on hayfever prevention medication to help minimise and manage the symptoms that I suffer. Luckily, I would not say that I suffer from severe hayfever but it does seem to be getting worse every year! My symptoms usually consist of sneezing bouts, a runny nose and sore, watery eyes. I find these symptoms very irritating and, when driving, quite dangerous. Therefore, from spring to summer I take a hayfever relief pill every day.
I find that hayfever relief tablets work out very expensive, especially as you have to take one every day. Therefore, I opt for the cheapest that I can find - as long as they are effective! This happens to be, for me, Tesco's own brand of non-drowsy hayfever and allergy relief. These come in a blue box and you can purchase 7 pills (as I did initially to see if they worked for me) or 14 pills. A box of 7 pills cost 85p and 14 £1, so if they work for you it is definitely worth buying the bigger packet price-wise. For me, £1 every two weeks was a good price for hayfever relief, especially when comparing to branded tablets that can work out 2-3 times more expensive.
The tablets are very small and circular and come in plastic trays as most pills tend to. They are easy to swallow as they are so small. You take one pill per day, in the morning with water. The pills contain 10mg Loratadine and can be used for other allergies as well as hayfever - they can treat dust allergies, skin allergies and pet allergies.
For me, these tablets are very effective. I take these first thing in the morning in the spring and summer months and they successfully manage my hayfever - I have no symptoms at all. When I have forgotten to take in the morning, and been reminded by the appearance of said symptoms, I have found these to be effective within about one hour of taking. For me, they are non-drowsy but I do not generally suffer from drowsiness when taking such pills anyway. For the price paid, these are really good hayfever relief pills and I would definitely recommend them.
These Hayfever tablets are great value. I have tried many cheap Hayfever tablets, to avoid buying the more expensive brands in the past, but have gone onto to regret it. Many alternatives cause severe drowsiness, which end up having a large effect on your everyday life. These tablets are different. They claim to be non-drowsy and they live up to this claim. They also significantly lessen the symptoms of Hayfever. It is hard to compare their impact at reducing symptoms with brands but from experience I would say they have just as good an impact as the leading brands. These tablets are also cheaper and therefore I can't suggest a reason not to buy them over leading brands. These tablets are to be taken once a day and are not for u12s. One thing to be considered is the box only contains seven tablets, with some more expensive brands containing more tablets, meaning a similar value for tablet.
Not suitable for children under 12 yrs / This is a non-drowsy antihistamine. The main ingredient is Loratadine. Take one tablet a day.