Product Review of ZYRTEC

As an indoor and outdoor allergy sufferer, I have tried numerous different products and medicines to help reduce, even eliminate my symptoms. I recently learned that ZYRTEC has become an over-the-counter medicine, so I thought I would give the 10mg tablets a try.

ZYRTEC is antihistamine used for temporary relief of allergy symptoms.

Product Review of ZYRTEC

Uses

ZYRTEC is used for temporary relief of hay fever. It is used to treat runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and itching of the nose and/or throat.

Directions

Adults and children who are over the age of six and under the age of 65 should take one 10mg tablet once a day.

Anyone under the age of six, anyone 65 or older, or anyone who has kidney or liver disease should consult their doctor about taking the product to see if it is right or okay for them to take.

Warnings

  • Do not use if you have had an allergic reaction to this product before, or to a product that contains hydroxyzine, or any of the ingredients in this product.
  • You may need a different dosage if you have a kidney or liver disease, so talk to your doctor first.
  • Also, talk to a doctor first if you are taking any kind of tranquilizers or sedatives.
  • Drowsiness may occur.
  • Do not drink alcohol when using this product.
  • Be careful when driving or operating heavy machinery when using this product.
  • Seek medical attention if you have an allergic reaction to the product.
  • Not recommended if you are breast-feeding.
  • If you are pregnant, ask a doctor if you should use this product.

Other Products

Besides the ZYRTEC 10mg tablets, there are other products too, such as ZYRTEC-D and ZYRTEC Hives Relief (not in stores yet – will be in August 2008).

There are also children’s products too, like Children’s ZYRTEC Allergy Syrup, Children’s ZYRTEC Chewable 5mg, Children’s ZYRTEC Chewable 10mg, and Children’s ZYRTEC Hives Relief Syrup.

Price

I recently found ZYRTEC at my local pharmacy for $18.99 on sale. The original price was $23.99 for a bottle of 30 pills. Price could vary by product or where you buy it.

My Experience Using ZYRTEC

I have had allergies for years.

For a while I was constantly suffering from allergy symptoms – itchy eyes, itchy nose and throat, runny nose, and sneezing – I’ve tried numerous products but they would either make me extremely drowsy, keep me up at night, or I’d have to take the product for weeks before I’d even notice a difference.

For me it was normal to sneeze every morning when I get up about 5 times in a row, and numerous times through out the day. But I always try to drink more clean water filtered by a RO purifier for home. The extra liquid thins the mucus in nasal passages and gives some relief.

Now that I have started taking ZYRTEC 10mg tablets, it is rare if I even sneeze once a day. Also, with ZYRTEC, I did not need to take the product for a while before I noticed a difference – I noticed a difference right away.

Even though one of the warnings is that it may cause drowsiness, I have not felt drowsy while taking this product.

I have noticed such an improvement since I started taking this product and I have only been taking it for about 2 weeks. So far, I am very happy with the product and I find it to work very well for me.

It is not the cheapest allergy product out there, but there are sales and coupons that can be used on the product. However, I feel that how well it works for me is worth the price.

Check out the website for more information about ZYRTEC products. Also, consult your doctor about the product if you have any questions or concerns, or to make sure the product is right for you.

Benefits of Alternative Healing Methods: Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine has been in existence for thousands of years and it is believed to originate from the legendary Chinese Emperor Shen Nong who was born in 2737 BC.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

The healing qualities of the many types of herbs were discovered by this Chinese Emperor and put into practice. This enables a complete and effective treatment to be given for many medical conditions.

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is used to treat many categories of illness and disease from mild ailments to chronic disorders. In fact, many of these herbal medicines are widely available throughout the world and are commonly and effectively used by a vast percentage of people.

The popularity of these herbal medicines has increased over the years with the success of the various types being experienced and recognized.

As the Chinese herbal medicines are formulated to treat each person as a whole which means treating the mind and spirit as well as the body; not just the specific condition a patient is suffering from.

This enables the root cause of the illness to be treated and therefore provides a more effective result.

Some of the more well known Chinese herbs such as Ginseng, Dong Quai, wolfberry, cinnamon and cinnamon bark, ginger, licorice and peony to name but a few, have become extremely popular throughout the world.

  1. Many of the herbal medicines are successfully used in reducing stress and anxiety, rejuvenating energy and purifying the blood circulation.
  2. Additionally, conditions such as asthma and hay fever can be favorably treated with traditional Chinese herbal medicine making it a more natural remedy to use.
  3. Digestive disorders are another medical condition that can benefit from this herbal medicine.

Skilled practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicines are experienced with the different types of formulas that can be used to treat a patient and ensure a level of good health can be obtained by building and strengthening the mind and body.

It is a way of life which is undertaken by understanding the laws and nature of this ancient type of medicine and implementing the knowledge gleaned in the most appropriate way.

Alternative Healing Methods for Back Trouble

 

For a multitude of back-pain sufferers, the proverbial sword hanging over their heads is a surgeon’s scalpel. Granted, there are frequent occasions when the agony is so overwhelming any treatment, no matter how drastic, would be welcomed without questions.

However, there are many patients who, having endured an operation in hopes of relief, find their problems not only unquelled, but in many cases, magnified.

Yet there are a few options that do not involve going under the knife and actually bring healing and management of the causative conditions for the future.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) has been around for a few decades. It makes use of electronic impulses (the intensity of which can be managed by the patient) from a small hand-held unit via electrodes attached to the skin.

By increasing the voltage output, the unit gives a weak-to-fairly strong “buzz” sensation that stimulates the nerves as well as blood circulation to the area. The method works, but relief is temporary.

Acupuncture

AcupunctureAcupuncture (and its “cousin”, acupressure) has been used by the Chinese for millenia and is now being seen in the West as a good method of not only pain relief, but of promoting healing for back ailments.

The nerves are stimulated by needles to unblock energy to both mend damage and take away suffering. Repeat treatments are often necessary but back patients are frequently more able to move freely and have relaxed back muscles following sessions.

Chiropractic medicine

Chiropractic medicine is considered, by the majority of people, to be strictly “for bad backs”; actually, it is effective for a wide range of conditions.

However, the adjustment of the spine to enable patients to resume activities and avoid future problems, pain-free, is the goal in most cases.

Amazingly, no matter how bad the pain and disability are, many chiropractic patients report success in restoration of movement, range and painlessness in a short time.

For some people even a combination of the above methods, and yet others (for example, biofeedback, herbal pain-relievers, massage therapy) may be needed. After all, each spine, each patient, is unique and the needs and stresses on them are as well.

The various alternative medicine techniques available today can be used to heal the great number of those who agonize with movement and, for whatever reason, wish to avoid surgery.

Temperature’s Effect on Sleep

 

Do you toss and turn at night, experiencing problems falling asleep? Do you fall asleep rather quickly but then waken a few hours later and have trouble falling asleep again? Do you wake in the morning feeling unrested? Do you constantly experience nightmares?

These are all problems that may be affected by the temperature of the room in which you are trying to sleep.

Temperature's Effect on Sleep

Too hot

When you sleep, your body’s temperature drops. A cooler room encourages falling asleep, according to H. Craig Heller, a professor at Stanford University who has studied sleep. He says a room that is too warm can also affect REM sleep, the body’s dream cycle period.

Studies indicate that REM sleep is important for memory function.

Disruptions in the REM cycle also create a feeling of not being rested upon waking, so dreaming is an important part of a healthy night’s sleep.

Creating temperature drop

You can cause your body’s temperature to fall by lowering the temperature of the room. Taking a warm bath an hour to an hour and a half before retiring can also help since the temperature difference helps the body’s temperature fall faster.

This is the same reason reading or watching television may help you fall asleep; you cease physical activity, so the body slows down and the temperature is reduced.

Too cold

The temperature can be too low for sleeping, however. If the room becomes uncomfortably hot or cold, it may wake you. You need to find the right temperature for your own body’s ideal comfort.

Perfect

Dr. Heller points out that what is comfortable for one person may not be the same as another. The range he recommends for sleeping is pretty wide: 65-72 degrees.

The biggest problem in finding the right temperature for sleeping seems to be when people share a room. Some partners sleep in separate bedrooms for this very reason.

You may be able to avoid this extreme solution by having extra blankets available, perhaps even heated blankets for one partner.

Dress appropriately for your own temperature control, and experiment until you find the situation that works best for you.

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