So my husband has been taking Zyrtec (Cetirizine) on a daily basis for well over five years. He recently decided that he would like to stop taking it, well that turns out to be easier said than done. You would think that since Zyrtec is available as an OTC drug it’s safe right?! Well, I’m not so sure anymore.
Jake’s on day four of what I’m going to refer to as Zyrtec withdrawals. For the first three days I made fun of him and actually encouraged him to run to the store and purchase more. Last night we sat down and Googled his symptoms, as it turns out there are a large amount of individuals that are addicted to the Zyrtec and trying to quit it. (If only we could come up with a remedy to assist these people we would be rich!)
So, a little bit about his symptoms. We’ve known anytime he neglected to take his daily pill as he would get really itchy at exactly the 24 hour mark. Well, being off four days he’s incredibly itchy. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. I really enjoy the show Drugs Inc. and it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to a drug withdrawal outside of that show. It’s kind of scary. The itch comes and goes and travels throughout his body. He’s experience this itchiness in his inner ear, head, neck, face, arms, everywhere.
My sister-in-law and fellow wellness advocate suggested he take a daily shot of two drops of each of the following essential oils: lavender, peppermint and lemon. Put these six drops in a shot glass and top of with water. This seems to help temporarily, about an hour and then the itchiness returns. I have also made him a rollerball concoction of the same oils that he can apply topically or put in his hands rub together and “huff” for lack of a better term. Again these things only offer temporary relief. This is interesting to me because another individual we know utilizes the same concoction of oils and they work for him. He however was not taking Zyrtec on a daily basis, but more of an irregular one. When he decided to stop taking the pills he did not experience the itches. (To be honest, I don’t really know they symptoms he had.)
I did extensive research last night trying to find information on homeopathic remedies that have worked for others. Either I really am the worst Googler ever (as Jake often tells me) or there is no one thing that works for multiple individuals. I ironically found a post on a blog where an individual stated they had tried DoTERRA’s TriEase Soft Gels and swears by them. At this point Jake has decided he definitely would like to kick the Zyrtec so I went ahead and purchased these oils. (I will have to update you once they arrive and he starts taking them.)
Another suggestion offered up to us was for him to put straight lavender oil or diluted lavender oil on the itch as it is a natural antihistamine. This sounds ideal, but with the itchy constantly on the move it would not be plausible or affordable to cover him in oil from head to toe. Therefore, we have not tried this remedy out yet.
If anyone has personally gone through anything like this or knows someone who has we would love to hear your story. More importantly what was done to overcome this itch. I fear if we are unable to get this under control in the next few days that he will end up back on the pill which is ultimately the root cause of the present day problem. It all seems very cyclical to me.
UPDATE: After posting this I realized that DoTERRA has an introductory oil kit that has the three oils used in this concoction.