Posted by: Audra | 2006/11/07


Zyrtec or Deselex

Hi Dr, this is the first time I have been on a web page like this and would firstly like to say I have found all the letters and responses very interesting and informative. I'm sure you can help me with my question: My son is 5yrs old and has suffered from Allergies, Asthma & Eczema for almost his whole life. I have seen many Doctors & ENT Specialists and given him numerous prescriptions. All these issues seem to be sorting themselves out one by one the older he gets - thank goodness. Allergies and Asthma however, are just as bad, if not worse than when he first started with them. He is currently on an Asthma pump (Seretide - two sprays morning and night), Inflanze nose spray - half a spray at night and Zyrtec - 5ml at night. I also give him Prelone syrup and the Ventolin pump, these two however, are only used when he gets a bad chest infection and is ill. I am only on a Hospital Plan and this medicine, as I'm sure you know is not exactly cheap. I have heard about Deselex and that it is apparently very, very good. I cannot afford to buy both Zyrtec and Deselex (not even sure I can give them both to him in the first place...) and am wanting to know which one I should be giving him. Both can apparently be used for long periods of time and I HAVE found the Zyrtec to be quite good. I have not yet tried Deselex and would appreciate your input. Lastly, the Inflanaze has only been prescribed for 5 months and out of all medicines, have found this to really work at night with his post-nastal drip so we can all have a good night's sleep. He has about a month left to go on the Inflanaze and am worried all the allergy/coughing problems will start up again once he is off it. Many thanks for taking the time to read my letter. Regards, Audra.

Expert's Reply



While I agree that Deselex is a very effective antihistamine, it is more expensive than Zyrtec which you can also get in generic form. Zyrtec is excellent and is helping your son so carry on using it. The generic form of Zyrtec is called Allecet.
You can continue to use Inflanaze once daily for years if necessary. It is very safe.

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Posted by: Rubi | 2006/11/09

Dear Audra, I'm curious...Does your son suffer from food allergies? Because I'v stopped the milk and soya, now also the egg ect.(mine has just tested positive for a lot of stuff), and his sinus at night is better....My son also drink 5ml Zyrtec every night and flixonaze when needed. Prelone only when he swells (eyes and lips)....

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