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Pollen in March is indecent

Posted 03-14-2011 03:19 PM by janewhite1

Really indecent. I was thinking I'd have another couple weeks at least before I had to deal with this, but, nope, I am in full allergy mode. Eyes, nose, skin and lungs.

Stuff I want to try:


I made an appointment with the allergist for a couple weeks from now. Not sure why I even bothered, I mean, we've already tried almost everything and nothing works, except for the stuff with severe side effects. I don't know how I...
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Posted 10-25-2010 06:19 PM by janewhite1

So I told the doctor I want to try a bunch of antihistamines, to see if I can find one that works without bad side effects. He insisted that Allegra was the absolute best antihistamine in that area.

I think it's time to ask for the worst.

1) No obvious allergy benefit from the first dose

2) Significant stomach irritation from just one dose

3) Felt like I stayed up all night and drank a pot of coffee--awake, but not in a good way.
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Still working at the Knot.

Posted 10-20-2010 07:20 PM by janewhite1

I've decided that the nortriptyline seems to make my stomach BETTER, so no point to quitting. The Symbicort is definitely making it worse, so, back to Asmanex, which isn't as effective.

Seeing the doctor again Monday. I want:

A straight steroid in an HFA inhaler that can be used with a spacer (to minimize throat irritation). Flovent or Qvar are both possibilities.

A collection of SAMPLES or SHORT prescriptions for antihistamines. I want to try the...
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Off of Zyrtec for upcoming allergy tests

Posted 10-01-2010 11:43 PM by storm12

I wrote a whole post early this morning, but then the whole thing just disappeared when I tried to post it. . .

The gist of it was that I have been off of Zyrtec for four days (nights) now. . .

I had no idea until yesterday that there is such thing as withdrawal off of Zyrtec. There is! Lots of sneezing, which I expected. . . but I never expected the reflux and the insomnia. Last night I got three hours of sleep. . . usually I can fall asleep no problem. I have...
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Latest med regimen

Posted 09-25-2010 01:33 PM by janewhite1

1 Zantac
2 puffs Symbicort 80/4.5
Voltaren gel rubbed on knees

Before dinner:
1 puff Asmanex 220
1 Zantac

Flonase, 2 sprays each nostril
More Voltaren
A little IcyHot on the hips

The Reglan worked, but it seemed to be making my asthma worse. As a last-ditch plan, I've quit taking the nortriptyline. It might possibly help my stomach, and if my stomach gets better,...
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