I'm kicking off a new BzzAgent campaign, trying Claritin-D for the cold season! Earlier in the year, my daughter tried Children's Claritin to help with seasonal allergies, but I've only intermittently tried Claritin as an adult. A quick search through our stash of household meds led to the discovery of an old box of Claritin RediTabs, but I couldn't tell you the last time I tried them.
The timing for this campaign is perfect since I came down with a terrible cold this morning. My nose hurts and is runny, I've got horrible post-nasal drip, which means my throat is something awful, I'm sneezing, and I feel like I'm underwater. I spent 3am-5am coughing and trying to sleep sitting up so I wouldn't choke on my nose goo. That's a pretty picture.
Part of my BzzAgent kit included a coupon for me to try Claritin-D, which I can get behind the pharmacy counter at my local Target or Walmart. Based on how I'm feeling, I'll be at the store first thing tomorrow. I've got a ton of work to do this week, so I need to feel better fast.
I've got a small stack of $3 off coupons to share with family and friends, so if you want one and I still have some, I'm happy to pop one in the mail so you can try Claritin-D too. My only request is that if you take a coupon, you let me know when you've tried it and how well it worked.
If you haven't tried Claritin-D before, here's some info:
You can buy 12- or 24-hour tablets and the boxes come in several sizes. So if you only need a few, that's okay, because there's a 5-count box available. If you're dealing with chronic allergies, the 30-count box may be a better choice.
You'll want to ask for Claritin-D at the pharmacy. It's not a prescription, but it's not available on the shelves. The rules are different in Mississippi and Oregon for some reason. I don't know if it's that you can't get Claritin-D, or perhaps that it's not behind the pharmacy counter.
Claritin-D is specifically for ages 12 and older. There's another product that's best for kids, but you should always ask your child's pediatrician before trying a new medication.
You don't need to have allergies to try Claritin. Claritin-D works for cold symptoms too!
If you want to know more, check out Claritin's Facebook page, which has helpful tips and info on their products. You can also visit the Claritin website to see all their products and get coupons.
It's the next day and I was so blah that my husband went out and got the Claritin for me. I took it around 2pm and within 30 minutes, thought I'd just fall asleep at my desk. I'm not sure if it's me being sick or the product being not quite as "non-drowsy" as I'd like, but I felt groggy for three hours. However, I feel a LOT better now. Still sick but not sleepy and not congested. Just a bit clogged in my ears, but not nose or eyes. I can live with that.
I can't take it again until 2am, so I may just wait until tomorrow night in case it's another groggy inducing experience.
It's three days later and umm.... WOW! This stuff really works. I learned it's not what makes me sleepy, instead it's really like having too much coffee. That means no taking it at night (I learned the hard way), but when I take Claritin-D, most of my cold symptoms go away and I feel amazing. I forgot to take it early this morning and felt like the usual cold-crud, but an hour after taking a dose, I was back to almost normal. There's no cure for the cold, but this is a real solution for the symptoms!