I used to have hayfever and colds (passed to me by young offspring),
and at one stage an uninterrupted series of colds for 3 months.
I got asthma symptoms and an inhaler to use for a couple of
months. After than (months later) Sydney City to Surf time had
gone from somewhere in the 70s to 92:30.
I've been taking Claratyne (Aussie spelling) for five months without
any allergy/hay fever or colds (at all) - while there have been others
affected around me. Times are getting back where they should be.
[I'm aiming for 65:00 in the City to Surf this year].
Claratyne has few and rare side effects, which usually amount to dry
mouth and some sinus swelling for a small number of people. Zyrtec
has more side effects but still not pretty rare. Our office manager
once took Zyrtec after a glass of wine and felt like she was tripping...
These newer anti-histamines are a zillion times better than the old
kind. I can detect any drowsiness or spaciness from Claratyne.
Here's a web site with detailed information on Claratin (and you
can navigate to Zyrtec at the same parent site):
> You are lucky. Claratin dehydrates me and gives me
> severe 'cotton-mouth' because of that. Even if I'm just
> sitting around I must constantly drink. Unfortunately,
> there's nothing I can do for the painful desert-like
> conditions that get created in my sinus cavities, other
> than crank up the humidifier and breathe directly
> from it ;-)
> ...like I said, you are lucky none of this happens to you,
> because Claratin sure works, I can't deny it! It just works
> "too good" for me. And yes, I've tried reducing the dosage.
> This just results in the same thing, but less. I just deal with
> David (in Hamilton, Ont)
> "Why should I practice running slow? I already
> know how to run slow. I must learn to run fast."
> Emil Zatopek
> > I took my first Claratin yesterday and I'm very pleased with the results.
> > Anyone else who suffers from allergies and asthma have an comments on
> > running while under the influence of this stuff? My first one was after
> > yesterday's 5k race and Tuesday will be my first run "under the influence"
> > assuming I keep taking it daily.
> > It was _great_ to go out and ride a bike Saturday afternoon and not be all
> > runny eyed and drippy nosed. I was tired from my race but otherwise didn't
> > notice anything effect I could attribute to the drug.
> > Thanks in advance.
> > --
> > Steve Freides