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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : 1. Life
Location : Nashua, NH

I'm not sure whether my allergies are exacerbating my insomnia, or vice versa. It doesn't really matter, does it? Either way, it sucks.

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1. Stan Rogers05/25/2005 11:14:37 PM

One word, Rich -- Allegra. I'm not a pill-spammer by nature, but I've got anaphylaxis-level allergies to a couple of things, and when I can't avoid exposure I have to take something. Most of the "drowsy" that people complain about with antihistamines is more a "stupid" -- your heart rate & blood pressure go up and you get fidgetty, so you can't sleep. Allegra is the only stuff I've found that doesn't mess with me.

2. jonvon05/26/2005 09:30:18 AM

allegra-d baby. only way to go. i'm taking it right now as allergies have been kicking my butt the last couple of weeks. i don't like taking it, but it is the only thing that has ever worked for me. it doesn't help with insomnia though. in fact it keeps me up sometimes.

3. Richard Schwartz05/26/2005 10:06:36 AM

I've used them all... Allegra, Claritin, Zyrtec, and many before these. I find Zyrtec to be the most effective, and it doesn't knock me out. But since Claritin went OTC, insurance copays for all other antihistamines went up to the highest tier. I use a generic clone of Claritin through most of the year, and I switch to Zyrtec at the worst times -- and for me, the oak tree pollen that is out now is one of the worst times. Unfortunately, this year it caught me by surprise and I didn't get my Zyrtec script refilled in time.


4. Wild Bill05/28/2005 07:54:12 PM

I dunno. Stick with the old Scottish Cure. Drink lots and lots of whisky. It flushes all those 20/21st century toxins out of your system (along with your kidneys and liver). Sleep ? No problemo!

And once that hangover clears, boy - you start looking forward to piddling little problems like allergies..

---* Bill "MD" Buchan...

5. Harriet Bensman02/16/2006 04:10:10 AM

Does anyone experience insomnia with plain Zyrtec ??

6. Richard Schwartz02/16/2006 08:57:55 AM

Nobody that I know of.

7. Brooke Lajiness05/02/2006 10:17:20 AM

I've been experiencing insomnia since I've started taking Zyrtec, Why?

8. Richard Schwartz05/02/2006 10:42:44 AM

Don't know. Sorry to hear that. It's soo doggone frustrating.

9. bethany05/15/2006 10:32:32 AM

My allergies have never been this bad and it is my eyes that are affected they are like a water faucet I look like I am crying 24/7 the water just drips down my face does anyone else have this problems this is my main problem. Everyone keeps asking me are you crying?

10. Melissa01/02/2007 11:02:30 AM

I take Zyrtec every night before going to sleep and have for years. I've also experienced insomnia for the past year which has progressivley been getting worse, I've had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep and this had started impacting my work. Over Christmas, I ddin't get my script refilled before going home for the holiday and slept like a baby. I haven't taken my zyrtec for a week now and have no problem going to sleep or staying asleep. Not a single doctor suggested that I stop taking the zyrtec, they only wanted to put me on sleep medication and suggested a sleep study.

11. Richard Schwartz01/02/2007 11:54:42 AM

That's odd. I'm glad you found your answer, though. Zyrtec never had that effect on me, but effects of various meds on sleep seem to be widely variable based on what folks are telling me.

12. Pat McLaughlin02/28/2007 06:44:56 PM


13. Elizabeth05/15/2007 11:52:42 AM

I've had problems falling asleep my whole life, and was a changed woman after Ambien (7.5 mg). Then, the last month and a half, what was an every few days thing has turned into no sleep at all. Last night, I got 20 minutes, and total of 7 hours the last few days. Ambien stopped working, it only worked when I took 20 mg. Made appt at sleep clinic, but now I'm wondering, is it my Zyrtec-D? I've only been taking it the last two months or so, every morning, for allergies/sinus infections. But I am so wired, and if I actually fall asleep, I wake up every hour. Does anyone else have this problem?

14. Richard Schwartz05/15/2007 12:41:25 PM

I don't touch Zyrtec-D or any of the other "D" medications if I can avoid it. The decongestant formulas all keep me awake at night. I do without them except when I have an actual upper respiratory or sinus infection; and then I'll always ask my doctor if it's ok to take a benedryl in addition to the decongestant to help counter the effects, and they usually say it's ok. Most recently, though, my doctor put me on a nasal steroid spray, Nasacort (or something like that.. .I don't have it in front of me), instead of a decongestant pill, and that seems to be a good alternative.

15. Kelli03/18/2008 04:39:48 PM

For about three years in a row I would suffer from insomnia. I wouldn't sleep for about a week. You get to a point where you want to kill yourself. A phys asst told me I had allergies. I thought he was whacko because I had none of the symptoms of runny nose, sneezing... nothin! I was ordered a $2,000 sleep study and found that not to be a problem. Could have told them that. I finally had an allergy test done. I tested 4s on most grasses and trees, I have HORRIBLE allergies. This is now March in Colorado and tree pollen has started. Guess what else has started? Yep, my insomina. I use a nasal rinse called Neal Med and that seems to help. I also use the face masks they use in the dentist office to keep pollen out of my sinuses during the night.

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