At Ellie's last doctor's appointment we talked about her runny nose and chapped lips and possible allergies. He told me to give her Zyrtec (1/2 tsp) every night before bed. It all sounded good.
However, the reaction was much like the one time I gave her Robitussin (and then took her to a basketball game). Silly me, skipped a day and tried giving it in the morning.
I have spent quite a bit of time researching this lovely product and now have decided that based on her reactions, as well as those of countless others I have read about, I will never give her that again. I am now researching homeopathic remedies for allergies as I refuse to subject her to any more of the side effects the poor girl has been experiencing. I think this comment I found on the Internet describes what we are experiencing to a "T".
Woke up around 2 am and was just angry. Yelling, stomping, gritting his teeth mad at everything. Couple hours later fell asleep. Got up for breakfast in a worse rage.
And this one ...
My 7yr old son was on this drug and he will NEVER take it again. Zyrtec made him a different person.
And this one ...
3.5 yr old son behavior changes (moody, aggressive, sleepless nights, hyper-active, emotional, lack of attention/focus, defiant).
And another ...
My son's pediatrician and allergist recommended Zyrtec for his severe allergies (certain trees and grasses, ragweed, cats). Soon after starting it his mood changed. He became violent and had uncontrollable tantrums. He began hitting and throwing and throwing fits about the smallest thing.
And the stories like these go on and on and on. WHY do we continue to allow pharmaceutical companies to manufacture products that are doing this to us and our children??
I will find her a homeopathic remedy for her allergies -- one that will not cause these horrible side effects.
She has been waking up around 4 a.m. crying inconsolably. She throws herself around the bed, kicking, thrashing and crying. It usually takes about two hours to calm her down and eventually she will allow us to hold her to calm her and then she has to have us cuddle right up with her in order to go to sleep. Add to this the horrible tantrums, defiance and crying spells since she started taking it and I'm at my wit's end. We had finally made it past those horrible sleep issues and everyone was sleeping through the night -- and then along comes Zyrtec. I'm throwing it out. I don't care what I paid for it -- it's gone. I feel horrible for subjecting her to it to begin with.
Please be aware that your children could experience the same effects.