Question 1: I started on a new allergy medication. I used to take AllerClear -- 10 mg of Loratadine, of course I used to take two -- don't know why, so 20 mg. I told my doctor it wasn't working well and said I thought I needed a new prescription. She said it was very difficult to approve allergy medication prescriptions these days and that instead I should try Zyrtec first.
So I started on Zyrtec-D a couple of days ago -- 5 mg of Cetirizine and 120 mg of Pseudoephedrine HCI. I haven't noticed a change in my symptoms (starting to think maybe I need a prescription nose spray again) but I have noticed something else. The last two days I took the pill around 8 pm, it's a 12 hour extended release tablet, and both times I've woken up in the middle of the night. The first night I woke up and had trouble falling asleep, then last night I fell right back asleep but I woke up around 5 times. Then in the mornings I've felt both gittery and foggy. Do you think it's related? I'm going to start taking the pill in the morning instead, see if that helps.
Question 2: I have a dental appointment on Monday. Ever since my ASD repair in '99 I've had to take antibiotics before the appointment -- something about being susceptible to infections. For the first few years I took it seriously, but then it just became a pain. After my three year appointment my cardiologist told me the device was healed over and that my heart size had reduced to the smallest it would ever get -- the upper reaches of "normal". It's been almost 10 years since the procedure, I'm normal now, right? At least I don't need the antibiotic anymore, right? They dental office called me yesterday inquiring, I told them it had been 9 years and I only needed the antibiotics during the first 5, but I might have made that up. What do you think?