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Posted by Bob on December 13, 2000 at 13:31:05:

In Reply to: Claritin - Bob and Curious George posted by Ginger on December 13, 2000 at 11:00:37:

Hi again, Ginger -

I, like you, am not too keen on taking prescription or over-the-counter medications unless I really feel miserable. I only take the Claritin when I feel I can't take those terrible sinus headaches and that light-headed feeling. The Claritin doesn't really give me dry mouth or throat. The Claritin-D does sinse it has that decongestant that really dries you out. If you are looking for an over-the-counter med. that doesn't give you that dry mouth feeling, you may want to consider taking something with pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) and guaifenesin (an expectorant). I think they call it a "non-drying" sinus med. You can by it as a generic or a name brand. As you can see, I've tried a bunch of things to try and clear my sinuses. 8^) I also feel that my sinuses generally feel better after some physical activity (running, rollerblading, playing hockey, etc.) I hope this helps.

: Thanks so much to both of you "fellow sinus sufferers" for your response. I have a couple more questions...once you start taking meds, do you have to take them indefinintly or will they clear the problem up permanently (that is if they works at all)? Also, did the Claritin make either of you have dry mouth and throat? Again, I don't like taking medications; they all have side effects. LOL. Best of luck to both of you and everyone else with this problem. Take care. Ginger


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