As you all have GOT to know by now, I am the biggest advocate for Zyrtec! Even today I was talking it up to my husband as I sat there eating our home made salads without having much of an allergic reaction at all to my raw veggies. I am not severely allergic as my son is to some foods, but I will be very uncomfortable if I bite into a carrot, broccoli, cauliflower or other vegetable without cooking it first.
The down side to Zyrtec is that sometimes it can get to be a little spendy. The paper comes out with $4 coupons every once in a while and that is GREAT. But, sometimes I give in and buy the store brand. Of course, some brands will have different ingredients in them. You will want to make sure that they are close to the same to be sure that it will work as effectively. I have noticed that even if it says they are exactly the same, nothing works quite as good as the real thing. Secondly and MOST importantly, I have noticed that some brands will have lactose in the ingredients. I know for a fact that the Safeway brand has that. I am personally lactose intolerant so I feel like that could be a reason why that brand does hardly anything for me. Yes, it is a minuscule amount but if I cannot break down lactose right, wouldn't that effect how the whole pill is broken down? Or even just parts of it? I certainly do not know this but it is my theory. If you have a milk allergy, YOU WILL BE ALLERGIC to these off brands that contain lactose. This is derived from milk, just as Casein and other "secret words" are. Just be very careful when buying the off brand that you do not accidentally get something that could hurt you. I have read the children's Zyrtec that are off brand and have yet to come across any with lactose in it, but I most definitely read any time I do. It is actually quite hard to find children's zyrtec anymore. A lot of stores do not carry it for some reason. Either they only carry the off brand or they don't carry a children's version at all. I can't tell you the last time I actually saw a children's Zyrtec in stores or how many stores I have been to in search of even the store brand Children's Zyrtec.
Well, that is enough of my ramblings for now. I just thought I should tell you all of that sinc eI am always talking about how everyone should use Zyrtec.