Cheapest Hayfever Tablets Survey and Hunt

MSE_Martin Posts: 8,273
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Cheap Hayfever Tablets

Guide which includes a survey of all the cheapest.

What's it about?

The hayfever season's upon us and it's harsh on pocket as well as the nose. Yet its possible to substantially cut the cost of hayfever and allergy drugs

Buy generic!

Most of the time when we buy pharmaceuticals, most of the cost goes to packaging, sugar coating the brand and profits. Whereas, actually the key is to look for the 'active' ingredient, this is the bit that does the work.

The pharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated, so the same active ingredient, in the same dose, should do the same thing; even if its not a famous brand name.

Do ensure its a reputable source though. Plus those with allergies should take care, in case the non-active ingredients have changed from what you're used to, please read Cheaper Medications and Prescriptions for more details.

What are the active ingredients in hayfever tablets?

Different hayfever drugs work in different ways and thus have different active ingredients. Here are the two major brands
  • Zirtek. Active ingredient, Cetirizine dihydrocholride
  • Claritin. Active ingredient, Loratadine
The Cheapest HayFever Tablets

I've decided to focus on the high street, as most people want their tablets quickly and easily rather than ordering on line, yet there is a cracking online deal to start.

Do remember that prices can occasionally vary in individual stores. Of course its worth checking out your local independent chemist too - who often do a great job, and buying there helps keep them open!

Key to the following table

Cetirizine dihydrocholride (CD)
Loratadine (LR)

WARNING! Always double check the active ingredient on the packet is the correct one for you, for yourself before taking any tablet!

An Ultra Cheap Online Source 99p for 30 tablets

For those willing to have a little hassle, online Chemist-4-u is selling Generic CD 30 packs for 99p including postage. You need to buy at least two packs and have to pay by paypal. Just for info I have checked and this chemist is registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Britain's website.

Top Five Cheapest High Street 7 Tablets Generic
  • Savers Shops: Own Brand LR or CD 95p
  • Tesco: Own Brand CD 7s 98p
  • Superdrug: Own Brand 2 for 1 LR or CD at £1.99 for 7
  • Morrisons: Own Brand Loratadine LR or CD (Zirtek) CD 99p/7 tabs
  • Boots: Value health LR 98p/7 tabs CD 99p/7 tabs
Top Five Cheapest High Street 7 Tablets Main Brand
  • Boots (in store): Galpharm LR/CD £1.25/7 tabs
  • Tesco: Clarityn 7s £2.97 (currently 2 for 1)
  • Savers: Piriteze, £2.39/7 tabs
  • Superdrug: Benadryl 12's, 2 for £6
  • Morrisons: Clarityn £2.99/7 tabs
Presciptions: Its often possible to get a prescription for hayfever tablets, then a three month supply will be £6.65.

Larger Numbers: Many chemists are now stocking packs of 30 tablets, these too can be, though aren't always, better value.

Spots from other MoneySavers below:

Aldi: Galpharm LD and CD 89p
Wilkinsons: Own-brand LD around same price as own-brand above yet sometimes 2 for 1
Full Current High Street Price 7 Tablets Listing By Store


Benadryl 2 for £6 (12's)
Benadryl CD 2 for £5
Zirtek £2.72/7 tabs
Galpharm LR/CD £1.25/7 tabs
Own Brand LR/CD £2.69/7 tabs
Value health LR 98p/7 tabs CD 99p/7 tabs


Clarityn £2.99/7 tabs
Benadryl £3.99/12 tabs
Own Brand Loratadine LR or CD (Zirtek) CD 99p/7 tabs


Piriteze £2.39/7 tabs
Own Brand LR or CD 95p


Benadryl 12's 2 for £6
piriteze (CD) 2 for £5.50 7 tabs
Claityn/Zirtek 7 tabs 2 for £5
Own Brand £1.99/7 tabs (currently 2 for 1)


Benadryl Cetirizine 7s £2.98 (currently 2 for 1)
Clarityn 7s £2.97 (currently 2 for 1)
Piriteze 1 A Day 7 pack £2.77
Own Brand Cetirizine 7s 98p
Found any legit and cheaper?

Please report your finds below by clicking reply. If possible put the price, the source and the active ingredient.


Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
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  • lewt
    lewt Posts: 9,158
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    good stuff martin.... have the banks put a price on your head yet?:rolleyes: they really must hate you and your site! but we all think your the nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!:beer: :beer:
    If i upset you don't stress, never forget that god aint finished with me yet.
  • cigar_2
    cigar_2 Posts: 172 Forumite
    Thanks Martin! I was only searching through some old posts earlier to find out where to get some cheap "CD"!! Now I've found all the info I need in one post. Going to give up on my Telfast prescription and go generic and hopefully save £££'s (as well as the hassle of getting a repeat prescription) over the next few months!
  • lidl have cheap tablets
    Goooooo with the Flowwwwww
  • sazzy30
    sazzy30 Posts: 18 Forumite
    thanks for this, I suffer very badly with my hayfever and find the remedies really expensive. I have just ordered the CD online and will let you know how I get on
  • woohoo
    woohoo Posts: 377 Forumite
    They have both types of generic tablets that Martin mentions in Wilkinson's for 79p for 7. Still not as good as the online source though!!!!!!
  • Sam_26
    Sam_26 Posts: 235 Organisation Representative

    Please watch your spelling and people don't get confused with USA drugs or many drugs have similar names or spellings. Therefore:

    Zirtek. Active ingredient, Citirizine dihydrocholride (SHOULD BE CETIRIZINE)
    Claritin (CLARITYN). Active ingredient, Loretadine (SHOULD BE LORATIDINE)

    SAM -
    Official Company Representative
    I am the official company representative of Chemist-4-u. MSE has given permission for me to post in response to queries about the company, so that I can help solve issues. You can see my name on the companies with permission to post list. I am not allowed to tout for business at all. If you believe I am please report it to [email protected] This does NOT imply any form of approval of my company or its products by MSE"
  • goose
    goose Posts: 42
    First Anniversary Combo Breaker
    Thanks, just ordered enough for the next couple of years! :)
  • Wingman
    Wingman Posts: 33 Forumite
    :beer: Ordered mine too, hayfever isn't very nice and is made worse by the amount of money it costs for tablets!! This will help my pocket a bit this summer, as I have been buying mine from Asda at 98 pence for 7!

    Just a little note though, for everyone who has ordered them online, if you have young children, please make sure you get to the post before they do, you can't be too carfeul with things like that can you!
    Just in case you wondered I am Mrs Wingman can't be bothered setting up my own account

    Grocery Challenge £260 for 2 adults and 2 children

    Need to get back on track, have been naughty past couple of months and Mr Wingman is getting cross!
  • pruney
    pruney Posts: 333 Forumite
    I got my CETIRIZINE from Sainsburys pharmacy 1 box of 30 for £1.99. Not as cheap as online but cheaper than most of the high street stockists. Ask for it though as they didn't appear to keep it on the shelf.
  • photome
    photome Posts: 16,306
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    If you get free prescriptions or if you have a prepayment certificate go to the docs and get a prescription for them, I get neoclarytin on prescription
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