Frugal living – Part 7 (Hay fever medication)

This frugal living focuses on hayfever.

I have had hayfever since my teens. At my worst, I have had to not only take tablets for my hayfever, but also nasal spray and eye drops.
When I was learning to drive, I changed my hayfever tablets as suggested by my driving instructor. These tablets were the same I had been in since a teenager and I think the change to having something different did a world of good. This was because for a few years, I had no symptoms to start with, until last year a slight touch. But this year a little more, that I have had to put myself back on my nasal spray.

Now last year, because of cutbacks, it was decided hay fever medication were not to be provided by prescription on the NHS. I was lucky I could still get it when I heard others were paying.
Now moving areas, meaning new doctors and hay fever season already in season for me as I write this, I already knew last October that I would have to buy my hayfever medication this year, in preparation for when that time of year came.

Even though I am buying my own medication for my hayfever this year, doesn’t mean I have to change what I take. But I have looked around and price things up, to get it as cheap as I can for myself.

What have I learnt?

Shop around – one place may be cheaper than the other for the same thing.

Avoid brand names – brand names cost more and you can buy a shops own with the same ingredients. They work just the same.
When you buy your medication, just look at the important active ingredient in your medication. So for example, my nasal spray is Beclometasone Dipropionate nasal spray. The important thing I look for when looking around at Beclometasone Dipropionate nasal sprays, is making sure my dose says 50 micrograms on the box, for that Beclometasone Dipropionate nasal spray. I have also read in a magazine that to look at the “PL code” on the back of products, resting assured it it is the exact same product, so buy the cheapest.

I been getting my nasal spray and tablets from Boots and I have bought their own brand.
My eyes have been a little itchy, but it’s manageable at the moment. But if I feel I need to get my usual eye drops, I will be back at Boots, buying their own brand.

As tight as money is, I can’t leave off my hay fever medication.

I have tried alternatives in the past from health shops, that seamt cheaper in the past, but they don’t work for me.


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12 thoughts on “Frugal living – Part 7 (Hay fever medication)

  1. Do you drink and eat dairy? Both my children suffered severe hayfever.
    They became vegetarian & vegan. Both had an intollerance to dairy, they changed to soya and they are now hayfever free, medication free too! They have never looked back.

    1. I do, but I definitely don’t have an intolerance to dairy. It’s good it worked for them. 🙂

      1. I have had soya for one time for several years in place of milk and I wasn’t one for having cheese regular.
        Only meat I eat ocassions is chicken. It helped to reduce the times I had bad catarrh by having soya milk and soya yogurts as an alternative and the congestion I felt at my worst, but not the symptoms of itchy eyes or nose when at the worst.
        I only went soya way as a choice thing, not to do with my allergies, as I wanted to try it in general soya milk. Now I am a mixture of both.
        My hayfever did not exist the last few years. I actually thought I grown out of it. Lol (Had hayfever since teens.) But come back this year. Under control now, but not troublesome as I thought it be.

      2. Thanks. It’s awful when really bad and I know some can suffer worse than me. Thankfully, I am not on all three things, just two, tablets and nasal. Nasal spray at lowest dose after quickly nipping in the bud.
        Going back to the soya milk, I have found if I have a really bad cold, all bunged up and phlegmy feeling, if I just use soya milk instead of milk, it makes it easier the whole thing, by not feeling to congested then.

  2. I know everyone is different but my mum finds Aldi brand really good and I think it’s 99p per pack as well. (Sorry if I’m not allowed to mention shop names.)

    1. I have not observed Aldi’s brand, but if the medication is still like you can get from Boots, then yes, should be good. It’s just down to the medication that’s in it, than the brand, for it to work. My medication hasn’t changed, it’s just where I choose to buy it from. 🙂

  3. Just read your comment about milk. Milk is known to cause glue ear so you feel more bunged up. My niece and myself who both suffer from glue ear, have been told by ENT to not have milk. What’s weird tho is, we can have milk in other forms, just not milk itself.

    1. That’s weird you can have milk in any other form, just not milk itself. You think they want you not to have it at all really. You would probably find by being diary free, that you may be more better off, if it’s a problem for you both.

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