The Biggest Savings on Allergy Relief Medications for Spring

Save Money on Spring Allergies
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After a  cold and snowy winter in many parts of the country, temperatures are starting to warm up. The days are already longer with the extra hour of daylight from daylight savings. The arrival of spring also brings with it a familiar sight of cars and everything else covered in a layer of yellow pollen.

When everyone else is looking forward to spending more time outside enjoying the warmer days and blossoming flowers, for those of us with allergies spring means seemingly endless suffering from runny noses, congestion, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. It is during this time of the year that stores see their stocks of allergy medication go flying off the shelves.

Allergic reactions occur because your immune system thinks foreign organisms are invading your body’s defenses. The immune system reacts to allergens by producing antibodies that release histamines.

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Common allergens include pollen, food, insect bites, pet dander, mold, and dust. Those who are lucky may never be allergic to anything their entire lives. For many others, springtime and pollen is a major cause of allergies and once the flowers stop blooming, their allergies go away until next year. Some people however, are stuck with allergies year-round. Luckily for allergy sufferers, allergy symptoms can be easily treated with antihistamines.

Costco has long been popular for selling bulk quantities of everything from detergents to monster muffins at discount prices to their members that few stores can beat. Costco is also a great place to load up for allergy season. Not only do they have bulk quantities of popular name brand allergy relief medicine such as Allegra, Claritin, and Zyrtec at low member prices, they have generic versions of these medications under the Costco Kirkland Signature store brand at even lower and more affordable prices for greater savings.

To determine the most savings, we are going to compare the name brand allergy medicine from Costco to both Amazon and Walmart. Then we will compare their Kirkland Signature store brand to Walmart’s Equate brand along with generics found on Amazon to see which store has the best deal.

* Amazon prices may be from third-party sellers; shipping not included. Costco prices are from the warehouse

BRAND NAME ANTIHISTAMINES

Allegra: Fexofenadine Hydrochloride – 180mg
Amazon

Amazon Allegra

Costco

Costco Allegra Price

Walmart

Walmart Allegra

Quantity 90 tablets 90 tablets 70 tablets
Price $37.95 $31.49 $25.17
Cost 42.2 cents/tablet 35.0 cents/tablet 36.0 cents/tablet
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Benadryl: Diphenhydramine HCL – 25 mg
Amazon

Amazon Benadryl

Costco

Costco Benadryl Price

Walmart

Walmart Benadryl

Quantity 100 tablets 144 tablets 100 tablets
Price $11.89 $15.99 $11.89
Cost 11.9 cents/tablet 11.1 cents/tablet 11.9 cents/tablet
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Claritin: Loratadine – 10mg
Amazon

Amazon Claritin

Costco

Costco Claritin Price

Walmart

Walmart Claritin

Quantity 90 tablets 105 tablets 70 tablets
Price $34.87 $38.49 $27.83
Cost 38.7 cents/tablet 36.7 cents/tablet 39.8 cents/tablet
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Flonase Sensimist: Fluticasone Furoate – 27.5 mcg2
Amazon

Amazon Flonase Sensimist

Costco

Costco Flonase Sensimist Price

Walmart

Walmart Flonase Sensimist

Quantity 360 sprays 360 sprays 240 sprays
Price $47.05 $56.99 $39.58
Cost 13.1 cents/sprays 15.8 cents/sprays 16.5 cents/sprays
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Zyrtec: Cetirizine Hydrochloride – 10mg
Amazon

Amazon Zyrtec

Costco

Costco Zyrtec Price

Walmart

Walmart Zyrtec

Quantity 100 tablets 100 tablets 70 tablets
Price $39.69 $33.89 $25.19
Cost 39.7 cents/tablet 33.9 cents/tablet 36.0 cents/tablet
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GENERIC ANTIHISTAMINES

Generic Allegra: Fexofenadine Hydrochloride – 180mg
Amazon

Amazon Fexofenadine

Costco

Costco Aller-Fex Price

Walmart

Walmart Fexofenadine

Brand Camber Aller-Fex Equate
Quantity 100 tablets 180 tablets 60 tablets
Price $24.25 $33.99 $19.97
Cost 24.3 cents/tablet 18.9 cents/tablet 33.3 cents/tablet
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Generic Benadryl: Diphenhydramine – 25 mg
Amazon

Amazon Diphenhydramine

Costco

Costco Generic Benadryl Price

Walmart

Walmart Diphenhydramine

Brand Basic Care Kirkland Signature Equate
Quantity 400 tablets 600 tablets 365 tablets
Price $7.50 $4.49 $8.76
Cost 1.9 cents/tablet 0.8 cents/tablet 2.4 cents/tablet
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Generic Claritin: Loratadine – 10mg
Amazon

Amazon Loratadine

Costco

Costco AllerClear Price

Walmart

Walmart Loratadine

Brand Good Sense AllerClear Equate
Quantity 365 tablets 365 tablets 300 tablets
Price $12.99 $10.99 $23.98
Cost 3.6 cents/tablet 3.0 cents/tablet 8.0 cents/tablet
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Generic Flonase: Fluticasone Propionate – 50 mcg
Amazon

Amazon Fluticasone Propionate

Costco

Costco Aller-Flo Price

Walmart

Walmart Fluticasone Propionate

Brand Basic Care Aller-Flo Equate
Quantity 360 sprays 600 sprays 60 sprays
Price $26.20 $22.99 $7.48
Cost 7.3 cents/spray 3.8 cents/spray 12.5 cents/spray
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Generic Zyrtec: Cetirizine Hydrochloride – 10mg
Amazon

Amazon Cetirizine

Costco

Costco AllerTec Price

Walmart

Walmart Cetirizine

Brand Good Sense Aller-Tec Equate
Quantity 365 tablets 365 tablets 180 tablets
Price $15.19 $13.99 $26.98
Cost 4.2 cents/tablet 3.8 cents/tablet 15.0 cents/tablet
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Closing $ense

Looking at the price comparisons between Amazon, Costco, and Walmart; Costco comes out on top 4 out of 5 times for brand-name allergy medications. For the generic versions of the drugs, Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand of allergy medicine beats out both Walmart and Amazon every time. However, one thing to consider is if you need antihistamines immediately because your face has blown up to the size of a basketball in hives, you may not want to wait two days for Amazon Prime to deliver. This is where Costco and Walmart both shine by having local stores available.

Compared to the name-brand medications, the generic versions with the same active ingredients can be had for pennies per pill. This can be a big savings for your wallet if you need to take them year-round.

Costco Antihistamine Coupon SavingsFor ever bigger savings at Costco, look in their monthly coupon book for additional discounts. Every spring, Costco has had both the brand-name and their Kirkland Signature antihistamines on sale. For example, in the ad to the right for 4/19/2018 to 5/13/2018, almost all their allergy medications are on sale this month – $17 and $10 off Flonase, $7 off Claritin and Zyrtec, $3 off Aller-Tec and AllerClear, and $6 off Aller-Fex and Aller-Flo. They also had a similar sale back in February.

I used to never get seasonal allergies when I was younger. It may be a coincidence, but after skipping spring here in the South after being a ski bum in Colorado for a couple years, I started getting allergies after moving back home.

Relieving your allergy symptoms can be as easy as taking a single pill a day, but it does take some trial and error to find which allergy medication works best for you.

If you know spring and pollen will bring with it sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, and other ailments, I’ve found that you can avoid all the symptoms by pre-treating yourself with antihistamines before the pollen gets extremely bad. In years past, I would wait until symptoms started before I started taking medication and it would barely help. Now, I’ve got a bottle of generic Zyrtec from Costco and a reminder on my phone’s calendar to start taking a pill a day in mid-February. Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve gotten through pollen season without any more problems.

Do you have any allergies? What are your go-to allergy medications? Any tips on getting relief other than waiting till summer?

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