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    So I moved into a new condo, and there are two cats (one is a long hair cat). I didn't think it would bother me so much, as long as I didn't pet them or rub my face in places that they had been (I grew up with a cat (though it spent a lot of time outdoors, while these two cats are indoor only)). I'm not quite dying, and it's not constant, but I'm occasionally getting itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny nose.

    Was wondering if anyone here has had experience with any OTC drugs that have alleviated symptoms from cat allergies. Antihistamines are said to work pretty well for people with minor cat allergies. Although, don't those make you drowsy?

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    zzz....oh, sorry, what?

    I take a 24-hour Zyrtec every day since I live with a kitty and am allergic to her. If I forget, the sneezing reminds me.
    Some antihistamines are more drowsy making than others. Zyrtec and Claritin are meant to be taken during the day. Benadryl is pretty famous for knocking you out.

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    Cool. I'll give Zyrtec a shot, and maybe Claritin if need be. Do you experience any side effects?

    What are your symptoms before meds? Do you get itchy eyes?

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    My dad takes Zirtec all year round and AFAIK experiences no side effects. I occasionally take it during the summer, and I don't recall anything bad about taking them. You should be fine
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    I've tried nearly ever anti-histamine out there, as I grow immune to them after awhile. The best I've found so far has been Reactine. None of them make me particularly drowsy, so it's hard to comment on how they may affect other people, but I've never had any problems. In general you are best to ask for the no name version of whatever product you would like. It cost a third to half the price.

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    Cat allergies can be particularly severe so anti-histimines might not work. Zyrtek is one of the best ones.

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    I also take zyrtec when I'm going to a cat house.
    works wonders.

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    I don't think I have severe cat allergies, as I can live in a house with two cats comfortably. Just so long as I'm not rubbing my face, etc. I figure Zyrtec is good for runny nose/sneezing but what about itchy eyes? That's the symptom of cat allergies that bothers me most.

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    zyrtec works for everything - for me, at least.

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    I hear there's an anti-allergy injection you can get once a year for cats, though I'm not entirely sure this isn't an urban myth and I've thus far been too lazy to google it.

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