I guess all medications have some side effects, but I am one of those people who keenly experience them. Many medications are off-limits to me because I actually have what the ads call rare and serious side effects. But I really thought the antihistamine spray for my horrible allergies would be different.
Online reviews of the nasal spray generally said either that the medication just didn’t work well for some people or that it worked like a miracle, enabling people to breathe freely for the first time in weeks or months, or even in years. The side effect some users experienced seemed to be limited to a bad taste in the mouth. So I tried it.
So far, after 6 days I am breathing a little better, and the fluid in my ears appears to be clearing up. BUT I have experienced around-the-clock sleepiness (leading to over-long afternoon naps), heart palpitations (not good since I already take medication for irregular heartbeat), feeling woozy and muddle-headed, and forgetfulness.
The worst is the forgetfulness. Here’s a partial list of what I have done (or not done):
Badly misspelled the address when preparing a Christmas gift for one of our granddaughters
Accidentally threw a credit card bill in the trash (I did retrieve it)
Cooked lunch in the oven and forgot to turn off the oven until several hours later. This has happened twice.
Left the front door unlocked all night so that anyone could have walked right in (thank goodness we live where that is unlikely to happen)
I think that’s enough. This medication is used twice daily, but as of now I’m cutting back to using it only at night. And if the muddle-headedness and forgetfulness continue, that’s it. I’m done.