It has been a bad start today. The landlord forgot to top up my gas meter and I forgot to check whether the dumbo had topped it up in my absence. So the heating must have gone off sometime during the night. The morning felt very cold and I knew something was amiss. I checked the gas meter and £ 0.00 was staring at me. Worse was to follow as I suddenly started sneezing - not 1 or 2 but dozens in space of minutes. The nose started running profusely and it did not take long to realise that I have had an allergic bout. I usually rely on the homeo medicines and even took a few Aconite tabs. But the conditioned started worsening and before long I had to resort to this Over-the-counter stuff Piritize.
This is once a day tabs to be taken during an allergic bout. It contains Cetrizine which is supposed to be a non-sedating antihistamine. Histamine is chemical produced by the body to ward off the allergen. When the allergen is in excess the histamine produced is in large quantities which then binds with the receptors to start a chain reaction resulting in allergic symptoms like inflammation of the nose, eyes, skin or airways resulting in itchy watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.. These histamine are present in all parts of human body in the mast cells as a defense against allergens (like dust, pollen, cold air etc).
Cetrizine being antihistamine blocks the released histamine from binding to the receptors and thus arrests the chain allergic symptoms. Thus it helps in immediate relief.
But it does have the drowsiness effect (on me at least) despite being non sedating. You should not drive or operate machinery after popping one of these. Also do not take any alcohol if you have taken this pill. In any case if the symptom persisist you should contact your GP. And never exceed the dose of one a day.
Some people do experience other side effects that are mentioned with the literature that comes with the pack.
A pack of 12 tabs cost around £3.