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Hoping that everyone is well and also getting their hives under control. I totally understand how debilitating it is and how it affects quality of life!
I am in South Africa and the cost of consultations for Allergy doctors are super high(partly covered by medical aid here), the cost of Xolair is R10000 each injection (also not covered by medical aid/insurance here) and there are limited information and even lesser support from Doctors. The individual nature of chronic urticaria makes it more difficult to manage as well.
I have chronic urticaria for the last 2.5 months and only managed to get it under control for the last week by adding cimetidine 400mg at night (i mainly get them at night).
My current treatment regime is as follows:
2 x fexo 180mg in the morning
2 x xyzal/levocetirizine at night
1 x cimetidine 400mg at night
1 x montelukast 10 mg at night
I would appreciate any advise on how to wean myself off these high dosages as it is super costly here in SA and the meds always make me super drowsy as well.
Is it just trial an error? I am planning to slowly remove for example montelukast this Friday and see the results on Saturday.
Then I would like to try swopping fexo for another antihistamine as fexo is the most expensive here (almost 3 x more expensive than the other antihistamines).
Thank you. I look forward to hearing from anyone and your time and advise is much much appreciated!!!
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