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When do you take your allergy meds

I typically take my allergy meds in the morning, so I don't forget to take them. But it doesn't matter which ones I have tried, they all make me tired. I have switched to taking them at night, to see if I wouldn't be so tired in the morning. 

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  • Marie E Natzke

    I used to take them at night, but since my asthma attack I need to take them before I leave the house in the morning.  I also take a double dose of Allergra the day I get my allergy shots.

  • LK

    I take my Montelukast (generic Singular) in the evening.  I read in the information booklet that it works better for asthma to take it in the evening.  I take my Claritin in the morning. 

  • Kathy P

    That's interesting…I take mine in the morning. I need to look at the insert and talk to my doc!

  • LK

    Kathy,  Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic information on Montelukast.

    "Dosing

    The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

    The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

    • For treatment and prevention of asthma:
      • For oral dosage form (tablets):
        • Adults and teenagers 15 years of age and older—10 milligrams (mg) once a day in the evening."
  • Kathy P

    Thanks! I found this really interesting as my doc had suggested this for exercise:

    For prevention of exercise-induced asthma:

    • For oral dosage form (tablets):
      • Adults and teenagers 15 years of age and older—10 milligrams (mg) at least 2 hours before exercise. Do not take a second dose within 24 hours of your regular dose.

    I had originally started it for seasonal allergies which says morning or evening. I'll have to talk to the doc to see if he recommends switching to evening. I suspect his response will be to try it and see. 

  • CAPuttPutt

    I take my allergy medicine (pill….Zyrtec, Allegra or Claritin) in the mornings. I also use my nasal spray in the morning and at night (2 puffs twice daily). I noticed that after being off my allergy medicine for testing, when I started back on Friday they seemed to make me tired, which is something they had not done previously. It’s getting better though with each passing day. 

  • Melissa G

    Since switching to taking my xyzal to the evening, I am not nearly as tired in the morning! Yeah! It is hard to get motivated in the morning, when all you want to do is sleep. 

  • Melissa G

    I woke up a mess this morning. I took an additonal allergy pill and have been extremely tired all day.. Just goes to show it has been making sleepy all this time. 

  • Melissa G

    How do you remember to take your meds? I forgot to take my xyzal last night..ugghh. I just got busy and totally forgot. I always remember to make sure everyone else has their stuff. I may have to start setting an alarm on my phone to remind me. 

  • Melissa G

    I am going to have to start setting an alarm on my phone because all last week I kept forgetting to take my xyzal. I was doing better then, we got busy and I kept forgetting to take it. 

  • Pljohns

    I have a weekly pill box in the bathroom beside my neb so at night when I sit there, I dump out what I'm supposed to take and then its on the counter and I see if after i brush my teeth.  If I don't do that, I forget them all.

  • LK

    Lynn,  That's a good idea.  I may have to set up a weekly pill box.  

  • Pljohns

    I got a cool one from Amazon-each day has it's own "box" but they all stack in a neat tower and you can see the day so you know if you took it on the day you were supposed to.  They close really tight so if i ever just need to toss it in my purse, I'm not worried about it opening.  it was cheap and works really good and I don't have to worry about dumping it over and all of the pills for everyday of the week coming out and me having to figure out what is what and get it back in a day.

     

  • LK

    Thank you, Lynn.  That looks like a good one.  I have seen some others that don't look that sturdy.  I really like how all the days stack on top of each other.

  • LK

    I'm going to order that one.  

    Now if they only made a container like that help me take the right maintenance inhaler at the right time!    

  • LK

    Will do!

    After we all invent that one, it will be our second million $$$ !!!  Right!?!?       

  • LK

    I just found these interesting gadgets to remind one to take pills and inhalers.  I have no idea how well they work but the ideas are interesting.

  • Melissa G

    Lynn, I like that pill box! 

    Lisa, I may just have to order the e-pill multi alarm time cap. That looks amazing! We use to have a Cadex medication alarm watch. I bought it because dh kept forgetting to give Bekah meds!  But then due to his hearing, he never heard the alarm go off.  

  • LK

    Melissa,  Both my dad and my DH have hearing loss due to them not wearing hearing protection when they were in the military so I sympathize!   

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Melissa G posted:

    How do you remember to take your meds? I forgot to take my xyzal last night..ugghh. I just got busy and totally forgot. I always remember to make sure everyone else has their stuff. I may have to start setting an alarm on my phone to remind me. 

    When I incorporate a new medication in my routine, I set an alarm on my phone…It definitely helps!

  • Vhospitals

    Take your allergy pills before bedtime and your asthma medications in the late afternoon, a prominent allergist suggests