“ Brand: Wilko / Type: Allergies „
I suffer quite bad from hayfever, but luckily only for a couple of weeks a year (usually the last couple of weeks in June). During this period I generally get a very runny nose, constant sneezing and, worst of all, itchy, stinging, irritated, red eyes!
These tablets do not stop any of these symptoms at all. However they seem to relieve the symptoms a little. I have actually done tests where I purposely suffer a day without taking these tablets and then the next day I take them and see the difference in my symptoms. The results generally go as follows:
- Eyes are unaffected, they will still be very itchy and irritated.
- Nose will still run but at a slightly reduced amount.
- The frequency of sneezing is greatly reduced. By taking these I will probably sneeze about half as much as usual - if that!
Even though the sneezing is probably the most manageable symptom I get, the fact that these tablets still help relieve it still makes the purchase worthwhile. Considering it costs pennies to get a weeks supply of these tablets, there is really no reason not to buy them.
The tablets themselves are very small, about the size of a grain of rice and white. You take them once a day (I recommend the morning with your breakfast so that they can kick in before you get exposed to pollen outside). I take multivitamins daily throughout the year and these are massive - this means that when, for two weeks a year, I take these tiny tablets, I generally lose them when I put them in my mouth, this can be a little annoying. I would prefer them to be a little bigger however I know for some, especially those who do not like taking tablets, the smaller size will be preferred.
The tablets have the active ingredient loratadine, this is the most common ingredient used in non-drowsy allergy tablets and is considered safe for most to use (Although people with certain health conditions or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding may want to consult a doctor prior to usage).
I don't know about you, but this year the hayfever season has come with a vengeance. I already use Beconase spray to relieve my symptoms, but like to use antihistamine tablets as backup as well. This can be expensive though, especially with the big brands. Luckily, when I was shopping in Wilkos, I discovered their own brand Non Drowsy Hayfever tablets, which cost 88p for a back of 7, or a mere 10p more for a pack of 14. As the tablets are one a day, you can get 2 weeks treatment for less than £1.
The active ingredient in the tablets is Loratadine 10mg, which is the same active ingredient that is contained in Clarytin tablets, so basically, this is just a cheaper version of Clarytin. The tablets are beneficial for skin allergies, dust allergies and pet allergies, as well as hayfever. They are suitable for Adults and children over 2 that weigh more than 30kg, though I wouldn't really give them to a very young child, as they are not used to swallowing tablets, even though these are very small. My son is 9, and has one occasionaly, and even he struggles with the idea of swallowing a tablet with water.
The tablets come on a single plastic sheet, which is foil backed, so you just pop the tablets through. They are very small and easy to swallow, and being one a day is a bonus, because I keep them by the bed, and take one as soon as I get up. The tablets definitely work, and have eased my sneezing and runny nose symptoms considerably. They also get working quite quickly, so within an hour of taking one, you should feel a lot better. My son has an occasional tablet before bed, as his symptoms tend to start when he goes to bed.
There are a couple of health warnings on the enclosed leaflet, such as not giving the tablets to people with liver problems or lactose intolerance. There are possible side effects of swelling, breathing difficulty or rash, though I have not had any problem taking these tablets, and I have been using them for about 3 months now.
These are the cheapest hayfever tablets I have seen, and do a superior job at keeping symptoms away. I have tries many brands over the years, and would put this one up the top with the best of them. The box is a convenient size to pack in a holiday bag or handbag for days out, too. They are easy to take, cheap and effective. I can forget my hayfever and get on with my day after taking one of these.