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Old 06-25-2008, 11:24 PM   #1
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Question Question about Zyrtec and anxiety

Hi, all.

I suffer from very severe anxiety attacks, among other issues, which include a ton of allergies. Today I went to the allergist and he prescribed me Zyrtec. I had a great state of mind when taking it, and was not overthinking things like I usually do when taking a new drug, like, "Oh, I wonder what side effects I'm going to get from this." I seriously just took it, and went about my business, feeling happy that this pill should start helping me.

Well, shortly after taking it, I felt like my breathing was not normal, and I started feeling very nervous and panicky and just edgy in general. Has anyone had this happen to them while taking Zyrtec or a similar allergy drug? I have to take allergy medications to control my allergies and eczema, but if this med may cause anxiety, I am not sure what to do. I was just starting to see an improvement in my anxiety, and I do not want to take the Zyrtec if it's going to set me back. At the same time, though, I do need to take something for my allergies.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. And, you know, maybe I just need to give it more of a chance. Maybe once my body adjusts to it, I will have less of the anxiety. Any thoughts?


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Old 06-26-2008, 07:03 AM   #2
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Re: Question about Zyrtec and anxiety

I have never had increased anxiety from taking zyrtec. Did you take it in the am or pm? I have to take it before bed, because it makes me tired. Maybe if you took it in the evening, you would sleep through any side effects.

Old 06-26-2008, 07:35 AM   #3
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Re: Question about Zyrtec and anxiety

Yep, took it right before bed. Maybe it's just all in my head since I worry about everything. But I have taken a number of other antihistimines, OTC and prescribed, and never felt the way I felt after taking that Zyrtec. Once I settled down, though, and fell asleep, I slept like a baby! I feel good today. Thanks for your input.

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