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Good News for Allergy Sufferers: Zyrtec-D to Be OTC

For those of you who have to deal with allergies to pollen, dust, dander, and mold, sometimes taking prescriptions meds is the only way you can function. Zyrtec-D has been around since 2001, and many people love that it provides relief from many annoying symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, and nasal congestion. The only problem is that you need a prescription from your doctor to buy it.

Well, not anymore. Zyretc-D will now be available without a prescription. It'll be right on the shelf next to Claritin and Benadryl, so it'll be more convenient for allergy sufferers to get.

Since this drug contains pseudoephedrine, which is sometimes used to make crystal meth, there may be restrictions on sales of Zyrtec-D. You may have to show your ID and get it from a clerk behind the counter, or you may only be allowed to buy a certain amount of the drug. I don't mind though since it's a lot easier than having to get it from your doctor.

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imLissy imLissy 9 years
squee! I had to stop taking zyrtec because I couldn't afford the prescription, $65 a month, I think not, or the doctor visit to get the prescription. Yeah, my insurance sucks.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
wild-irish-rose wild-irish-rose 9 years
Only problem is the insurance issues.. when Claritin went OTC, my prescription for Allegra-D went up to $60 copay, because my previous insurance company had this concept of well you could just buy Claritin now and that would cost you $60 for a month supply, so we won't cover as much of your Allegra prescription. So annoying, especially since Claritin doesn't even work for me - it's not the same medication! If you have insurance that does cover enough that you only have a $25 or so copay (which I have now thanks to my husband's insurance), it saves so much money to just have the medication be prescription instead of OTC, because they make them so expensive - though I don't know what they will charge for Zyrtec so maybe this won't be the case.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
NO!!!!!! That means you'll only be able to get 6 pills for 30 days. And that the price will be like the price of Claritin $30 or $40 for those 6 or so pills. And you'll have to beg the pharmacist for the 6 pills and prove your not making Crystal Meth out of the tiny amount of pills your getting while you suffer with weezing, burning eyes, coughing, etc. Uggh, no I've got to switch allergy meds again to keep one that is prescription only so that I can get a 30day supply at my co-py rate of $10 or $5. This is so stupid.
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