Cheapest hayfever tablets?

(33 Posts)
EssenceOfGelfling Thu 06-Mar-14 18:38:13

The daffodils outside my house are a lovely but sad reminder that the hayfever season is starting. I usually end up double-dosing on citirizine and loratadine for a month or so when its really bad. End up spending a fortune - was thinking of trying some online, but would like some recommendations of where is best to go? I don't want flour (or worse) placebos!

AnyFucker Thu 06-Mar-14 18:46:13

Morrison's do their own brand. Have forgotten the exact price but are much cheaper than named brands and very effective

pinktransit Thu 06-Mar-14 18:46:45

Boots have a one-a-day antihistamine for 99p for 7. They are as good as any of the branded ones I've tried.
They don't always have them in stock though.
Or are you looking for cheaper than that?

clareyfarey Thu 06-Mar-14 18:59:33

Sainsbury's do 14 cetrazine hydrachloride for £1.50

aldi do 30 for about a quid but theirs is just seasonal so not sure if they're in stock yet

RudolphLovesoftplay Thu 06-Mar-14 19:01:31

I second the boots once a day for 99p tablets. I think you get 7 in a pack.

Charlesroi Thu 06-Mar-14 19:20:09
BuzzardBird Thu 06-Mar-14 19:23:40

Also Tesco Sleep Aid tablets have the same ingredients for just over a quid or 60 for £3 which are also on 3 for 2 offer.

goodasitgets Thu 06-Mar-14 19:26:30

Online - chemist direct. I take zirtek and have used theirs for years
Money saving expert website has a section under health which lists which are cheapest and where

home bargains sell generic loratidine/cetirizine tablets cheap too

saidnooneever Thu 06-Mar-14 19:34:38

Another vote for chemist direct. You have to pay p&p but the overall cost still works out cheaper than anywhere else.

Chemist4U has a pack of 30 cetirizine/loratidine for 69p. It is on moneysavingexpert as cheapest even factoring in delivery charges

EssenceOfGelfling Thu 06-Mar-14 19:53:48

Thanks, will check out Chemist4U - those are the kind of prices I'm looking for!

Is it worth going back to the GP - have there been any new drugs recently? It makes this lovely time of year so miserable to constantly sniffling/sneezing/dozy from all the drugs.

goodasitgets Thu 06-Mar-14 20:54:29

Could be worth asking - I take 4 x 10mg (one a day!) hayfever tablets

clio51 Thu 06-Mar-14 21:47:43

So are you supposed/allowed to take more than 1x 1day tablet, my son is really bad especially when he as been out drink. The next day he is constant sneezing for hour or so

LightastheBreeze Thu 06-Mar-14 21:58:42

My son has really bad hay fever in the grass season and says this helps a lot

www.boots.com/en/Beconase-Hayfever-Relief-Nasal-Spray-for-Adults-100-Sprays_8312/

I wouldnt take more than the stated dose without the ok from a gp

goodasitgets Thu 06-Mar-14 22:11:45

No definitely get it approved, mine is consultant prescribed. As an examples one a day tablet is 10mg and at one point I was on 285mg of antihistamines

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 06-Mar-14 22:15:05

If your GP would give a decent length of prescription for both (to get you through the season) might that work out cheaper?

<disclaimer - I live in Wales where all prescriptions are free so don't know what the cost of a prescription is>

can you not get a pre-payment certificate to make prescriptions cheaper? (I'm in Scotland so prescriptions also free here)

EssenceOfGelfling Fri 07-Mar-14 13:47:44

My GP won't give more than 3 months on one prescription - i.e. £7.85 = £2.60 per month, which works out comparable/cheaper than superstore own brand tablets. The problem is me being organised enough to go order it and pick it up!

Also I do double dose when its bad (without permission from GP... ) so get through it twice as fast. One dose only seems to last me 12 hours so I need another in the evening.

Lightasbreeze, yes the beconase nose spray gets a lot of use too!

ihearttc Fri 07-Mar-14 14:41:26

My husband has really severe hayfever...to the point where he can't drive or even work (he literally can't see his eyes/nose are so bad). He gets something called Fenofexidine from the GP. He gets a month at a time as GP won't prescribe it more frequently for the price of a prescription but he only has to have it once a day.

HeyMicky Fri 07-Mar-14 14:50:23

Take any one-a-day at night - it will help with the pollen rising on the early morning, which I finds makes me feel better during the day, and the worst of the drowsiness is at night then, too. Then a top up of beconase before I leave the house

Not medicine, but not woo - Vaseline inside the nostrils. I have grass and pollen allergies and it makes an astounding difference to mine by catching some of it before it gets inside my head

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 08-Mar-14 07:23:31

So can you get 3 months of antihistimines and beconase on one prescription? That doesn't sound bad value. I'll second the taking it at night and Vaseline around your nose. Hopefully then you'll be ok sticking to the prescribed dose. I always shower morning and evening when my hayfever is at it's worst - that helps a lot for the evenings especially.

Set a reminder on your phone a fortnight before you need it - get your repeat prescription in then you've got some breathing space to collect it before running out.

prettymess Mon 10-Mar-14 08:11:55

Boots loratadine 7 tablets are 99p. They are non drowsy. Often they are on a buy one get one half price in hay fever season. Very effective.

alseb Sun 16-Mar-14 16:11:11

Boots loratadine - 99p. The most effective tablets and I have been looking for years!

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