Xyzal: State of the Art Antihistamine

Xyzal: State of the Art Antihistamine

There are 33 comments on the About.com story from Oct 8, 2007, titled Xyzal: State of the Art Antihistamine. In it, About.com reports that:

A new antihistamine, Xyzal , became available last week, and is indicated for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and urticaria . via About.com

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Denise

Elk Grove Village, IL

#1 Oct 24, 2007
My allergist gave me some samples of xyzal for treatment of chronic hives. I've suffered from them for 3 years and have been taking Allegra 180 virtually every day, and supplement that with Claritin. I was going to try the xyzal because my allergist said it's been proven more effective for maintaining chronic hives...until I went on the drug maker's official website and read the potential side effects. Many effects were reported AFTER the drug was put into circulation - including hepatitis, suidical ideations and other devastating physical/psychological side symptoms. I suggest that anyone taking this really research the drug, because it's new to the US and there's a LOT they don't know. Thanks, but I'll be sticking with the Allegra...
James

Ormond Beach, FL

#2 Nov 7, 2007
Where did you find this research at???
Seth

Woodridge, IL

#3 Feb 26, 2008
Xyzal is simply an isomer of Zyrtec. Just go buy OTC Zyrtec. The patent ran out on Zyrtec so drug company did to the drug what the body does to Zyrtec.
scared by big pharma

Brookfield, MA

#4 Mar 6, 2008
My son was on this crap...and it WAS crap. Made him into a totally different kid...mean, moody, angry. etc.
Didn't make the connection until we finally pulled him off as wasn't stopping allergic reaction anyway...
ANd now all kids and adults can have these wonderful side effects without a prescription.
Check out:
www.askapatient.com and www.medications.com
before you take any new meds...most new "wonder"d drugs have risks that outweigh benefits (in my opinion...sorry.) lipitor, fosamax, zyrtec, requip, etc...
hives in ky

Henderson, KY

#5 Sep 3, 2008
My insurer won't pay for Xyzal. But I was able to get about a month of free samples from Doc. Zyrtec and xyzal give similar results for hives, with xyzal having a little edge in preventing. Had no adverse side affects what so ever.
scared by big pharma wrote:
My son was on this crap...and it WAS crap. Made him into a totally different kid...mean, moody, angry. etc.
Didn't make the connection until we finally pulled him off as wasn't stopping allergic reaction anyway...
ANd now all kids and adults can have these wonderful side effects without a prescription.
Check out:
www.askapatient.com and www.medications.com
before you take any new meds...most new "wonder"d drugs have risks that outweigh benefits (in my opinion...sorry.) lipitor, fosamax, zyrtec, requip, etc...
Allergist

Colby, KS

#6 Sep 4, 2008
"My son was on this crap...and it WAS crap. Made him into a totally different kid...mean, moody, angry. etc."

Are you sure you didn't give your son your stash of ritalin and prozac???

This drug works exellent, slightly better than zyrtec. I give it an a+. Zero side effects!!!
scared by big pharma

Brookfield, MA

#7 Oct 2, 2008
Allergist wrote:
"My son was on this crap...and it WAS crap. Made him into a totally different kid...mean, moody, angry. etc."
Are you sure you didn't give your son your stash of ritalin and prozac???
This drug works exellent, slightly better than zyrtec. I give it an a+. Zero side effects!!!
My SON was PRESCRIBED this CRAP by an ALLERGIST!!
I have spoken to NUMEROUS others who had the same issues with either their children or themselves while on this CRAP.
Apparently you believe that all of us will buy into the FDA approved=totally safe...sorry.
This CRAP was all he was ever on. I do not appreciate you implying otherwise.
WISE UP....READ askapatient.com about this great "wonder drug" and see how many others experienced the same side effects!
GROW UP....GET A CLUE...MAYBE YOU SHOULD STOP TAKING YOUR RITALIN and learn to do some research beyond what the BIG PHARMA rep has handed you on his or her pretty little glossy sheet.
THE BIG PHARMA rep who now takes up so much of all the drs. time hawking their drugs...no better than the traveling salesmen with their snake oils.
Just now the Drs. AND the salesmen benefit $$.
chris

New York, NY

#9 Oct 20, 2008
Denise wrote:
My allergist gave me some samples of xyzal for treatment of chronic hives. I've suffered from them for 3 years and have been taking Allegra 180 virtually every day, and supplement that with Claritin. I was going to try the xyzal because my allergist said it's been proven more effective for maintaining chronic hives...until I went on the drug maker's official website and read the potential side effects. Many effects were reported AFTER the drug was put into circulation - including hepatitis, suidical ideations and other devastating physical/psychological side symptoms. I suggest that anyone taking this really research the drug, because it's new to the US and there's a LOT they don't know. Thanks, but I'll be sticking with the Allegra...
My daughter has been taking this for about 3 months. We decided to take her off it now that the weather has changed and the pollen count is much lower. She hasn't been able to sleep in the past 3 days. She is "wired" and very fiesty. I think it has to be the fact that she is no longer on the medicine. HAs anyone else ever experienced this?
John

League City, TX

#10 Jan 4, 2009
chris wrote:
<quoted text>
My daughter has been taking this for about 3 months. We decided to take her off it now that the weather has changed and the pollen count is much lower. She hasn't been able to sleep in the past 3 days. She is "wired" and very fiesty. I think it has to be the fact that she is no longer on the medicine. HAs anyone else ever experienced this?
Xyzal has not been shown to be effective in treating children under 12 and can also cause adverse effects such as nose bleed. Children should remain on the 1-gen classical antihistimines, they will cause sedation but they are the only ones proven to effectivly treat minors.
John

League City, TX

#11 Jan 4, 2009
scared by big pharma wrote:
<quoted text>My SON was PRESCRIBED this CRAP by an ALLERGIST!!
I have spoken to NUMEROUS others who had the same issues with either their children or themselves while on this CRAP.
Apparently you believe that all of us will buy into the FDA approved=totally safe...sorry.
This CRAP was all he was ever on. I do not appreciate you implying otherwise.
WISE UP....READ askapatient.com about this great "wonder drug" and see how many others experienced the same side effects!
GROW UP....GET A CLUE...MAYBE YOU SHOULD STOP TAKING YOUR RITALIN and learn to do some research beyond what the BIG PHARMA rep has handed you on his or her pretty little glossy sheet.
THE BIG PHARMA rep who now takes up so much of all the drs. time hawking their drugs...no better than the traveling salesmen with their snake oils.
Just now the Drs. AND the salesmen benefit $$.
Xyzal has not been shown to be effective in treating children under 12 and can also cause adverse effects such as nose bleed. Children should remain on the 1-gen classical antihistimines, they will cause sedation but they are the only ones proven to effectivly treat minors.
steve

Thunder Bay, Canada

#12 Jan 5, 2009
I would try OxyHives, it was developed by homeopathy experts to help relieve multiple symptoms of hives. OxyHives is a safe, all natural solution that will not make you drowsy or cause other negative side effects.

http://www.oxyhives.com/...
Jen

Clarksville, MD

#13 May 3, 2009
My 12 year old daughter has suffered from severe seasonal allergies for several years that were debilatating. Her school work was effected and she was absolutely miserable every year from April to June. Severe sneezing, congestion, burning eyes-imagine a sever cold that goes on for months. We had tried all the medications- claritan, allegra, zrtec-nothing did anything for her but take a bit of the edge off. She was still miserable. We took her to a different Specialist this year who put her on Xyzal. She also uses Nasonex spray and Pataday eyedrops. She has been on it for about a month now and it has been wonderful for her. It has given her her life back. It's wonderful to see her not have to suffer- She can be outside, go horseback riding, concentrate in school. We have not experienced any negative side effects so far. I also don't like to see kids (or anyone) take a lot of medications but her symptoms were so severe I didn't feel we had a choice . As our allergist explained- each person is different- what works for one person may not work for another and may cause negative side effects in another. I just don't want someone reading the anti-Xyzal posts above to automatically assume that it would not help them or their child. I recognize that several of the people had bad experiences with the medication but for us it has made such a difference for my daughter and ended her suffering.
Melanie

Methuen, MA

#14 Jun 23, 2009
My pediatrician has offered me free samples of Xyzal for quite awhile but I never gave it to my kids until recently. I never liked what I read on-line about it, but the last time I had my son in the doc gave me more samples and said to try it for my 11-1/2 year old son's congestion that was either being caused by allergies or cold symptoms. He took it for two nights. skipped a night, and then the next day at school had an enormous nose bleed. He said he had blood all over his arms and face by the time he got to the nurse. Mind you it's June and has been raining for days, hence high humidity. He shouldn't have had a nose bleed. He has no history of nose bleeds. One of the side effects of Xyzal is nose bleeds. I won't be using this again. It is always adviseable to be aware of the side effects of any medication you take. I wasn't even aware of the suicidal side effects. That's very scary.
daisi

New York, NY

#15 Jul 3, 2009
This drug has been great for hive flare-ups (i.e., I get hives when I work out) but has not done anything for my chronic hives. I still get them every morning. I'm on twice the dosage and about to climb to 3X. We'll see if it works... works better than Singulair... GREAT drug for flare-up hives.
hdf

Chennai, India

#16 Jul 29, 2009
hi
Say no to Xyzal

United States

#17 Oct 18, 2009
I, too, took samples of Xyzal for a few days and didn't even recognize myself! I haven't had any PMS symptoms for years due to hysterectomy, but I felt such blatent RAGE, it was unreal. I spent (wasted) an entire Saturday in such a raw state of fury it was just amazing. I'm scared of this stuff and will trash the rest of my samples posthaste.
boombalonga

Woodbridge, VA

#18 Oct 28, 2009
I went to an allergist for hives and she gave me some samples of Xyzal. That stuff made me have the worse case of hives I've EVER had in my life. My entire body was pretty much one hive. It was horrible. I've never taken it since that one time.
Nancy in Michigan

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#19 Jan 1, 2010
Just try it. It won't kill you. I did. I also gert allergy shots. Wild dreams and weight gain, nothing I can't manage. No drug is perfect but allergies are debiliating. What you read might be true, but it might not be true FOR YOU. I think kids have trouble with this because there is no "child dosage" given... the same dose is given to everyone - yes? This doesn't make sense to me. Kids are smaller - of course they have problems with the adult dose. Ridiculus.
Cindy

Brighton, MA

#20 Jan 1, 2010
A word of caution about taking patients, yourself or your child, off a medication all at once; you might want to check with your medical doctor about how to do it. I was on a pain med, admittedly much different from the drugs for allergic reactions, for only 10 days and when I no longer needed it, I stopped taking it. Unfortunately, I experienced classic cold turkey, drug withdrawal symptoms: chills followed by sweats for 8 hours, nausea and headache all night.(My doctor was shocked that I was so sensitive to the medication, but agreed that I had experienced classic withdrawal symptoms.) My point is that if a patient is on a medication for months, the patient could be addicted to it; if that were the case, weaning him/her off the drug would be advisable. Your doctor, if not completely worthless, should advise you about how to proceed. I don't trust doctors to know everything or to keep up-to-date with the latest news regarding the medications they prescribe, but I still ask the doctor first. I also do a lot of research on my own and let my doctor know what I've found. If that intimidates the doctor, I fire him/her and find a smarter, confident one, who respects my intelligence.
Back to the point, children are not small adults and they usually react very differently from adults to the same medications. Personally, I would be extremely reluctant to give my child a new medication that had not been thoroughly tested on children for the specific application (illness) and proven to be safe for a long time, e.g. at least ten years. However, parents of very ill children will be motivated by their child's suffering and need to risk an experimental solution, which I understand and do not criticize; but I would hope that those parents remain vigilent and look for new research results on the medications
Furthermore, I do understand why drug therapy is a volatile subject for parents of ill children, but I would think it more helpful to share one's observations and answer other people's questions without rancor. This could be a useful place for learning.
I suffer from chronic hives.
Summer

United States

#21 Jan 7, 2010
i am 15 years of age and i have started having hives at 11. i have been taking nothing but xyzal for my hives. and it has been great. when i take it in the mornings i dont itch all day at school. but i do if i forget to take them sometimes. i have had no side effects so far and i am happy with the results :)

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