Hive almost gone.. try getting off generic medicines.

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   Posted 11/9/2011 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
smilewinkgrin  After battling chronic uticaria for the past 8 months or so, I'm on the mend.
I went the whole route... allergist, homeopathy, chinese medicine etc.
For the past 10 years I have been on Levoxyl, a generic of synthroid, for my thyroid.  I had experienced absolutely no problems with it, so I didn't try to alter my thyroid medicine when I was trying to figure out where these hives were coming from.
Every morning hives would bloom, then fade later in the day, then return.
Finally, I asked my doctor to try taking me off generic thyroid medicine and put me on the name brand.  In a few days, I started noticing the difference.  The hives are not yet all gone, but they are losing their grip.  It takes time for the toxins to leave your body... but fewer of them, and itching disappearing.
Generics are required to have the same active ingredients as name brands, but the inactive ones (binders, dyes etc) can be different.
I would recommend that if you are on any other medication for any issue, try getting off generics.
Also, get off the antihisthamines.  They are poison and hard on your liver. 
Get on a cleansing diet of some sort.  No alcohol, caffeine, salt, sugar, or beef.
Good luck! 

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   Posted 11/12/2011 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had lots of reactions to additives in medicines too. I used to be able to take some not-great-tasting GI preps but reacted when the companies decided they had to add sweeteners and flavors. I can't take liquid antihistamines and cough meds, but the tablets have been fine. I blame the sweeteners and flavors and colors. It dopesn't make any difference if it's generic or not; brand names can contain just as many allergy triggers.

On advice from my very experienced allergist, I keep an extensive log/journal of what I eat, drink, meds, with times and reactions. I found through that and "challenge testing" that I have at least one specific trigger - sulfites.
Other people have found many other triggers this way.

It's not only things you consume either. It's detergents, fabric softeners, skin products, soaps and shampoos, cleaning products ... My housekeepers don't use anything but a little vinegar for cleaning, and I use only non-scented products. I double rinse laundry even with the dye and scent-free products. It keeps my skin allergies at bay.

At one time I was thought to be low on thyroid. I didn't tolerate the synthroid-type product - got arrhythmias. But I didn't tolerate Armour either. I stopped taking the thyroid altogether and the arrhythmias stopped. I may be a little low, but the treatment wasn't worth taking.

I often find I can only take about 1/4 of prescribed medicines. It's more than just fillers and such. Some of us are just sensitive to meds.

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