Hi everybody. I have great news. After posting a couple of weeks ago about terrible problems with the itching that we are all prone to, I got lots of great advice and welcomed all your experiences of this horrible problem and how to deal with it. Some people found different antihistamines helpful and in particular someone said that they had found relief with Loratidine. I went to see my Lloyds the chemist pharmacist for advice with a list of the other drugs I take.
After some thought and looking down her list, she recommended Cetirizine 10mg as it did not react with any other drugs. I thought I'd give it a go as the itching was so bad. And GUESS WHAT? A miracle! After taking 2 tablets (1 a day) the itching has disappeared, even the after shower itching. As I'm writing this, I realise I'm tempting fate, and I have everything crossed, but for now, it is such a relief to be itch free. I have taken 12 of the 1st packet of 14 tablets and need to think about whether I should be taking these long term (I'll have a word with my GP), but I would be very reluctant to give up this lovely relief.
The only downside (there's always one, isn't there?) is that you cannot drink alcohol with these tablets. As it happens, I drink very little, but at the weekends I love a small glass of wine on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I have missed that, but it's a small price to pay. However, I'm off to a wedding this weekend and will definitely want some alcohol at that, so with some trepidation, I'll stop taking the pills when the box runs out tomorrow and enjoy the wedding. (Provided I'm not itching too much!!)
Anyway, I wanted to share my good news and would be interested to see if other people try this particular tablet and if it is as effective for them. I hope so.
Thank you all for the advice that led me to this. Like so many others, I can't praise this forum enough for the advice and encouragement it gives to all we MPN sufferers.