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Drixoral: Allergy Med
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Moetsch posted:
Wow. All posts on this page are 4 years old. Go figure, you can beat a dead horse for so long. I've been uninformed BUT recently I found some Drixoral as old as 2005 and have been impressed that it, and only it, relives my symptoms like no substitute can. I have written my congressman/woman and the Pres. of the USA, and the FDA. Here's what I wrote:

Please do not give me a generic answer:

Hello, my name is Matt Casey and I am writing regarding the allergy medication Drixoral. Years ago and after going through a myriad of allergy medications my doctor found one that relieved my allergies, Drixoral. It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine. Since then once again I am going through the process of trying different allergy medicines. None work satisfactorily and I suffer frequently as a result. Recently I found some old Drixoral and have been taking it. Even though it expired years ago it still works. I had forgotten what it was like to be allergy free. The fact that Drixoral has been pulled off the market and no suitable substitute is available is a problem not only for me but for many, many others. I have been on several user forums and know that others still suffer with no relief or suggested alternatives. Supposedly Drixoral is available from other, questionable sources. I have not tried any of these yet but probably will soon. This puts me at risk of getting bad medicine. I don't understand why Drixoral can't be prescribed and regulated like other controlled substances. Is there anything that you can do?

I got a generic response from two of my local Congressman/woman.

Allow me to be more succinct/direct:

It is my understanding that Drixoral has been indefinitely discontinued because one of its ingredients, pseudoephedrine, can be used to make methamphetamine.

In other words, the product was not due to safety concerns but rather concerns that criminals could misuse the product.

It is the only one that works effectively to relieve me of my medical symptoms. I've been suffering with my allergies ever since they pulled the product. Though others help, they do not relieve my symptoms. I've been ok with this until I found some Drixoral as old as 2005. They still work.

Can you tell me why Drixoral was pulled from the market? If it is because criminals were misusing it, I don't understand why it can't be a controlled substance, like other medicines.

I would appreciate a personal response that addresses my issue, and is of the same concern of many others who's symptoms are not adequately controlled by replacement products.

Thank you,

Matt Casey

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