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    Old 05-28-2008, 05:09 AM   #1
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    Allegra D & missing a dose.....side effects

    I have a long history of allergies, mild asthma, and gawd knows what else...
    For many many years, I've been taking Allegra D at night time to help control my snoring. It also helps me breathe better for deeper sleep.

    For a while, I was taking it twice daily to clear up my sinuses. However - one paticular day - I got really dizzy & chills. I blamed it on *missing a dose* of the allegra. After this episode, I stopped taking it twice a day.

    Since then, I was taking the allegra continuously once daily at night before I got to bed. I've had other issues pop up. I had ear surgery and my ears/sinuses are clogged up enough that I still can't hear much outta my one ear (unless it POPS open). So - the doctors tell me its all allergies and sinuses and suggested I go back onto Allegra twice daily to help clear up my ear/sinues.

    Currently, I'm taking Singulair once daily and Allegra D twice daily again - have been for about 6 months. It was several hours that the original dose wore off - but I got a nasty episode of dizziness & nausea again - with weird eye movements. This has been my 2nd episode in YEARS of taking this stuff.

    Is it normal or atleast expected to get that feeling if/when you miss a dose of something?

    I'm fairly healthy otherwise - low blood pressure and low sugar... but nothing serious to consider not normal. I work out 3x a week and take vitamens & such. 5'6" and 145lbs.

    I'm wondering if I should change to something else since I've been taking this stuff for soooooooooooooo very long now.

     
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    Re: Allegra D & missing a dose.....side effects

    Well, it is most likely the "D", not the Allegra. You're taking an "upper" twice a day. If you quit, you are going to have withdrawal symptoms. That's what is happening...and you should be getting off it. Taking a decongestant that often is not good for you. And I'm surprised you can sleep after taking it! I'd be wound up like an 8 day alarm clock. Try switching to regular Allegra or some other antihistamine and using a saline rinse if you continue to have congestion.

     
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    Re: Allegra D & missing a dose.....side effects

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    Well, it is most likely the "D", not the Allegra. You're taking an "upper" twice a day. If you quit, you are going to have withdrawal symptoms. That's what is happening...and you should be getting off it. Taking a decongestant that often is not good for you. And I'm surprised you can sleep after taking it! I'd be wound up like an 8 day alarm clock. Try switching to regular Allegra or some other antihistamine and using a saline rinse if you continue to have congestion.
    I never seem to have any problems falling asleep. I'm a wound-up person anyway ... My problems are more related to post nasal drip and constant drainage in the back of my throat. Very rarely do I get sneezing, running nose and your typical allergy symptoms. The Allegra D helps clear things up - prevents my snoring and the fact that I stop breathing (very mild sleep apnea). I can tell the difference between the nights I don't take it versus the nights I do take it. I feel better in the morning when I take it at night.

    I'm gonna stop taking it during the day and only stick to at night....and next time I see the doctor, I'll mention it and see if there's something else I can try. Or talk to my ENT specialist whom did my ear surgery...could there be something else going on inside my sinues?

     
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