Tuesday, November 27, 2007

General Health Information - Non Sedating Antihistamines

Hello Everyone,

On a previous post I talked about non sedating antihistamines. In that article, I referenced Zyrtec (cetirizine) as one of the prescription products available.

I just read that on 11/22, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zyrtec tablets, chewable tablets and syrup for nonprescription, over the counter (OTC) use. It is approved for temporary relief of symptoms due to hay fever or other respiratory allergy symptoms.

Andrea Leonard-Segal, M.D., director, Division of Nonprescription Clinical Evaluation in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research stated "The approval of Zyrtec for nonprescription use offers an additional treatment option for children and adults. As for all nonprescription drugs, consumers and caregivers should read and carefully follow all directions on the labeling."

What does this mean for you?

For many of you, to obtain this medication, you will not longer to need to visit your physician to get a prescription for Zyrtec. That's the good news.

For many more with prescription drug coverage, since Zyrtec is now OTC, the medication will no longer be covered. If you were paying a $10 co-pay for your Zyrtec, you will now be paying much more. That's the bad news.

I tried to research the prices of OTC Zyrtec but I was unable to find a current price. As soon as I find a price I will let you know.

Please consult with your Pharmacist or Physician for alternatives to Zyrtec if you would like to switch to a prescription product.

I will be posting some updated information on an alternative.


Dr. Paul

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