Wednesday, 12 June 2013


It's that time of sneezy, eye-watering, cough spluttering year again! Yes, pollen counts are up and, apparently, because we had a cold, fairly low pollen spring, we are going to have higher pollen counts now! 
Hayfever remedies can be very expensive and prices vary greatly, particulalry if you are buying "branded".
However, you don't need to pay through the nose (see what I did there?) for your hayfever tablets - do your frugal research as there are many non-branded substitutes and online chemists that will save you money!
The first thing you need to decide is what active ingredient you need/prefer. For example, Zirtec, Clarityn, Benadryl, Piriton (brand names) all have different active chemicals and when you are choosing a generic non-branded substitute, you will need to check the back of the pack to identify which one it is you're getting.
Take Zirtec for example, active ingredient Cetirizine Hydrochloride, the price ranges from £3.29 (for 7 tablets) in Boots right down to 99p (for 14 tablets) in Tesco's for their own brand substitute.
Remember to also check for any 2 for 1 offers which may also save you money.
But of course, if you are living in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, or are in England and over 60 years old, then a prescription for a hayfever remedy from your GP will be free!

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