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gardenhoe
01-22-2008, 06:58 PM
Starting 1/24/08. I'm probably the last person to learn this, but I'm so happy. :cool1: The prescription was costing me $50 / month! Ouch!

I only found out because CVS has it on their front page ad. Now to find the cheapest place....and some coupons!!!!!!!!!!!

There has to be coupons!! I went to zyrtec's website & signed up for coupons. But I want some now.

StitchandPooh'sMom
01-22-2008, 07:21 PM
Starting 1/24/08. I'm probably the last person to learn this, but I'm so happy. :cool1: The prescription was costing me $50 / month! Ouch!

I only found out because CVS has it on their front page ad. Now to find the cheapest place....and some coupons!!!!!!!!!!!

There has to be coupons!! I went to zyrtec's website & signed up for coupons. But I want some now.

You can print $2 coupons off their website. Just click on News and Offers at the bottom of the page. I printed two since both my girls use Zyrtec, but you can probably print as many as you want. They expire the end of June.

PatsGirl
01-22-2008, 07:30 PM
Great news! I take it twice/daily and I think I pay about $20 month so I'm not sure if it will be a savings for me though. I'll have to check prices.

momsgoofy
01-22-2008, 08:37 PM
I heard from my pharmacy that it was only going to be the Zyrtec, not the Zyrtec-D. I was also told that it would be comparable in price to the Claritin when it came out. I get such great results with the Zyrtec-D and it's only $20/month with my insurance that I don't think it's gonna be a good thing for me. I'll probably end up having to switch again like I did when the Claritin went OTC.

LizinSTL
01-22-2008, 08:53 PM
Starting 1/24/08. I'm probably the last person to learn this, but I'm so happy. :cool1: The prescription was costing me $50 / month! Ouch!

I only found out because CVS has it on their front page ad. Now to find the cheapest place....and some coupons!!!!!!!!!!!

There has to be coupons!! I went to zyrtec's website & signed up for coupons. But I want some now.

I was able to get one more 90 day refill for my dd of her zyrtec before our mailorder rx company cuts us off. We got 90 pills for $16 thru the mail order for the prescription zyrtec. When those run out, it looks like the going price is going to be $19 for 30 pills over the counter. :confused3 I hate when they make these meds OTC. It always costs us a lot of money.

gardenhoe
01-22-2008, 08:55 PM
The CVS ad showed only Zyrtec. But info I'm finding all over the web, including Zyrtec's own site says its both original & Zyrtec-D.
https://www.zyrtec.com/econsumer/zyrtec/index.view

I also read that the current maker of Zyrtec is stopping production; and Johnson & Johnson will now be making the over-the-counter version with no changes to the product.

I've started finding some info about a generic version of Zyrtec being made that might be available on Walmart $4 prescription list. THAT would be the cheapest way to go!!! Still looking into that. Don't know if its already happening or just possibly in the future. Anyone know?

This gardenhoe is going to be one happy chick this spring!! Woohoo!!

imadisneynut
01-22-2008, 10:33 PM
DOES ANYONE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Zyrtec-D AND Claritin-D. I WAS USING ALLEGRY-D IT DIDN'T WORK AS GOOD A CLARITIN-D.

ALLEREGIES SUCK

gardenhoe
01-22-2008, 11:35 PM
I found this earlier to be of some interest.
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=715815&page=2

Mickeyluver37
01-22-2008, 11:51 PM
I was able to get one more 90 day refill for my dd of her zyrtec before our mailorder rx company cuts us off. We got 90 pills for $16 thru the mail order for the prescription zyrtec. When those run out, it looks like the going price is going to be $19 for 30 pills over the counter. :confused3 I hate when they make these meds OTC. It always costs us a lot of money.

I agree. DD's pediatrician warned us about this, so we got all our refills on 12/31. Her Dr. said she'd be prescribing a new drug for all of her Zyrtec patients- I think it's spelled XYZAL, but we haven't got a script yet.

gardenhoe
01-23-2008, 12:07 AM
I agree. DD's pediatrician warned us about this, so we got all our refills on 12/31. Her Dr. said she'd be prescribing a new drug for all of her Zyrtec patients- I think it's spelled XYZAL, but we haven't got a script yet.

XYZAL, see the link above your post & scroll thru to read all the replies.

pubugg
01-23-2008, 07:14 PM
Please keep this in mind and discuss with you PCP if you or someone in your family taking this med has a tendency towards depressive symptoms. When discussing allergy meds with my PCP he warned me to stay away from Zyrtec because of my SAD. He had had a patient who had taken Claritin but was hospitalized on med ward and they didn't have Claritin so they switched him to Zyrtec.....patient had suicidal symptoms and ended up on psych unit....they took him off zyrtec and things changed dramatically.

gardenhoe
01-23-2008, 09:31 PM
First I've heard of that. My doctor has me on anxiety/depression meds & zyrtec & never mentioned anything about the zyrtec being a concern.

Anywho. I was at CVS today to notify them of my change in insurance & to refill the anxiety meds. I was asking the pharmacist about the new OTC zyrtec & did they have zyrtec-D yet? She looked up my new insurance plan. I was paying $50 for 60 pills (1 month supply) on old plan. My new plan will only cost $16 for same 60 pills. So it will be cheaper now to stick with my script.

Woohoo!!! Not only am I paying less for insurance each pay period, but my meds are now costing me less. :cheer2:

Gillian
01-24-2008, 07:30 AM
Hmm, that's not good news for me, either. I can get 90 pills for $20 or maybe $30 through our mail order. It will probably cost a lot more OTC!! I did just get a refill so I'm set for a while.

Clarinex is still covered by RX and I found that works well for me (took some of DH's) so maybe I will get that instead.

Claritin for my kids OTC is so expensive.

Gillian
01-24-2008, 07:36 AM
First I've heard of that. My doctor has me on anxiety/depression meds & zyrtec & never mentioned anything about the zyrtec being a concern.I have heard Zyrtec + Prozac can be a problem. It might also be an issue with other drugs that work the same way as prozac, which is not all of the antidepressants.

PoohHappens
01-24-2008, 07:45 AM
Zyrtec for many is a great drug as it covers more allergies than Claritin. (food, pets etc) For many, like us, our insurance refuses to Cover Zyrtec as there are cheaper drugs that according to them are comprible--this however is not true. Just cause it is an allergy med does not mean that it works the same for all people. So for many the OTC will be great. The cost will come down with time and there should be store brands availible with time too. I can buy Loratidine-generic Claritin at my hospital pharmacy for like $2 a box. It is a bummer though for folks who have had good insurance coverage for the medication.

caribear
01-24-2008, 07:46 AM
I also take Zyrtec and am not happy about it becoming OTC. I was paying $30 for 90 pills......now it looks more like $20/month or more for the same product. Time to see my DR and get a new medication for allergies!

mousemommyx3
01-24-2008, 07:56 AM
Yea! I am excited! It is $25 at Walmart for 45 pills! I pay $40 for 30 pills through my insurance. I also pay $40 for my youngest's as well. The kids OTC is like $10 at Walmart. We pay out of pocket for our Health Insurance and we are crushed by the prescriptions and premiums. Dh is Diabetic too so it really adds up.

harleyquinn
01-24-2008, 08:21 AM
Count me in the unhappy boat. I knew it was coming though.

I'll be switching to something new.

gardenhoe
01-24-2008, 11:42 AM
FOR THE UNHAPPY PEOPLE, GO BACK & READ POST #12 incase you missed my update. It turns out I don't need to buy OTC, I can still get it by script. So if script is cheaper for you than OTC, you might still be able to also.

Good luck.

Also, I noticed Walgreens sale flyer had a GENERIC product next to the Zyrtec ad advertised as "similar to zyrtec". Something like wal-zyr?

dcgrumpy
01-24-2008, 02:41 PM
That stinks for me, I only pay $5 for 30 pills.

Even if it is still available by prescription I can guarantee that my inusrance company won't cover it if it's available OTC.

Ali
01-24-2008, 02:51 PM
According to my pharmacy yesterday, when i went in to pick up a refill of zyrtek, the manufacturer also has a generic version of zyrtek now that it is available OTC. I was told they didn't have enough meds - they only had 29 of the brand name zyrtek and 1 generic and I would have to pay the brand name price. I asked if I could have all generic and I paid only $7.50 instead of $35 like last month. I can't believe they were going to make me pay that much when they had generic available and were giving me one generic already.

harleyquinn
01-24-2008, 03:42 PM
FOR THE UNHAPPY PEOPLE, GO BACK & READ POST #12 incase you missed my update. It turns out I don't need to buy OTC, I can still get it by script. So if script is cheaper for you than OTC, you might still be able to also.

Good luck.

Also, I noticed Walgreens sale flyer had a GENERIC product next to the Zyrtec ad advertised as "similar to zyrtec". Something like wal-zyr?

Thanks for doing that. I had planned to call the pharmacy to check, but now I'm actually slightly hopeful.

But I think my health plan won't cover meds that are available OTC.

labdogs42
01-24-2008, 03:51 PM
As long as they come out with generic of the OTC stuff, I'll be OK with it. Right now, the whole family takes Zyrtec and I don't want it to become more expensive if I have to buy OTC! Target pharmacy actually sent each of us a letter about it going OTC and they also sent us $5.00 coupons for the new OTC stuff.

gardenhoe
01-24-2008, 04:08 PM
Placed order yesterday at CVS to refill Zyrtec-D script using our new BC/BS insurance. Picked up today & paid only $16 for 60 pills. I was formerly paying $50 with old insurance.

Ran over to Walmart for other shopping. Couldn't get pharmacist to tell me what price would be there with my new insurance without filling out lots of junk. But I DID FINALLY SEE Zyrtec-D in a store. yesterday it was just Zyrtec everywhere. At Walmart, the D is behind the pharmacy counter. Regular zyrtec is in the aisles.

And like a stated earlier, I saw a Walgreens generic version yesterday called Wal-Zyr.

figmentfan0724
01-24-2008, 06:16 PM
I work at Walgreens and we have both zyrtec and zyrtec D both with a Walgreens 3 dollar instant coupon and the manufactuer coupon on the display. You can get zyrtec and wal-zyr in the aisle and zyrtec d behind the pharmacy counter. We were talking about how long it will take insurance to stop covering zyrtec now that it is OTC

labdogs42
01-25-2008, 05:38 AM
How much is the generic stuff? Anyone know?

PoohHappens
01-25-2008, 07:06 AM
I saw it in the meijer add. It was 4.87 or 4.97 for 14 tabs 10mg store brand zyrtec.

harleyquinn
01-25-2008, 09:09 AM
My pharmacy said that no insurance they are aware of is going to cover Zyrtec now.

(Of course, I don't consider the woman who told be this infalable, so take it for what it's worth.)
They told me I had to get it OTC.

kellia
01-25-2008, 09:17 AM
Does anyone know if it works as well at the prescription? I mean, Clairitin has done nothing for me since it went OTC, when it was a prescrtiption, it worked great.

figmentfan0724
01-25-2008, 10:00 AM
the pharmacist at my store took the OTC as soon as it came out and she said she couldn't tell the difference.

madelyn
01-25-2008, 10:04 AM
Does anyone know if there is a chewable version of Zyrtec in the stores? This is what my son takes.

mj12sgal4eva
07-02-2008, 12:47 AM
at walgreens there GENERIC version
Wal-Zyr Dô 12 hour Allergy Relief

is on
SALE!
$12.99 for 24 tablets
thru Jul 5

its on there weekly ad ... there ad is online as well ....

mj12sgal4eva
07-02-2008, 12:49 AM
Does anyone know if there is a chewable version of Zyrtec in the stores? This is what my son takes.

ZYRTEC 5MG CHEWABLE TABLETS sold at walgreens .....

not sure what the price is though