I am a woman who suffers from severe allergies. They are not your usual seasonal allergies. I am allergic to dust, cats, alder, grass, mold and a whole other host of things that I just won’t get tested for because I would break out in horrible hives. In general I have a rule of electing to not take pharmaceuticals to cure ailments that I may have. You may have read other material I have written stating my dislike for hormone altering medications. However, if I don’t take your product I suffer greatly and am unable to function.
You see? I have sneezing fits. They aren’t your run of the mill sneezing fits. These are bonafide make your abs hurt in the morning sneezing fits. The kind that make strangers in a restaurant look at you and think damn, what’s wrong with that chick. During the course of a normal allergy attack I also suffer from post nasal drip. Not your ordinary post nasal drip. It’s more of the kind that unexpectedly snot is gushing forth from your face and you are not nearly quick enough to catch it. So bad really that I have been half tempted to stuff Kleenex up my nose just to reduce the amount I am throwing into the landfills.
My complaint comes because I spend a small fortune on your product. $45 a month to be exact. I use your product because I have tried every over the counter and prescription allergy medication available. *wipes and blows nose* Some have given me hives. Some make me feel like a bar fly on a payday. But your product works remarkably well. Unfortunately I believe you may have a quality control issues. Every so often I get a bunk pill.
I religiously take my little Pfizer Gold every morning. I am more reliable with that than I ever was with birth control. But somehow there are days when your expensive concoction doesn’t work. Take today for example. I got up, felt perfectly fine, took my vitamins and little white no-sneezy pill (per the ever present “Elle did you take your pills” reminder on my fridge). But by about 9:30 the nose run started. I thought it might be the start of an actual cold. After all, I sent my child to preschool two weeks ago. With. All. The. Carrier. Monkeys! Somewhere around lunchtime the sneezing started.
I have now lost my sense of smell and taste. I have no appetite. I look like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and sound Stevie Nicks. It ain’t pretty.
So please, makers of Zyrtec, please consider beefing up your quality control department. At the very least separate Lucy & Ethyl. They are fucking up my ability to be a productive member of society. Yeah, cause like I was one to begin with.