Friday, August 6, 2010

Allergies and meds

The latest issue of Runner's World (September 2010) has an article in their Mind+Body section titled "Drug Bust: Are your medications harming your running?" I noted with interest that the first category of drug they talk about is antihistamines, and that they recommend Claritin and Zyrtec over Benadryl and Tavist, which apparently can cause "sluggishness and slow reaction times."

I'd never had allergies before this year. What I thought was a lingering cold this spring was eventually identified as allergies, and now I take Loratadine (generic Claritin) and Fluticasone (generic Flonase) daily. It seems to help, and I haven't noticed any drowsiness. I've had a couple nosebleeds lately, though, and wonder if it's related. If I stope for even a day, though, I feel horrible by the evening.

Anyone else have any input abut running and allergy medications?


Abbey said...

Not sure about the affect of the meds on running. I've had allergies for about 15 years here. The past two have been virtually allergy free though...lucky me! Anyway, thought I'd pass on a little something I've been hearing a "buzz" about lately. The firemen at Jon's station have been buying the local bee honey from Murry farm in Pleasant Valley. A few of them are reporting good results. I've always heard the best remedy for allergies is to eat a teaspoon a day of local honey to resist the allergies in your area. We bought a jar. I love it in my oatmeal and tea. Jon hasn't been eating enough to really count as a subject of this experiment =) May be worth a try.

Turi Becker said...

I'd heard that too, and when I found I had allergies, bought a jar of local honey as well. However, the choice being between "take this pill and feel better now" and "eat some honey every day for a couple weeks and see if you start feeling better," I opted for the pill. So I guess I'm not a good experimenter either. Tasty honey, though...