Claritin is surely the most powerful non-drowsy over-the-counter antihistamine on the market. One tiny pill and you clear up almost instantly. It's as fast-acting as a sloppy paramedic, but more accurate.

It's supposed to provide 24-hour relief, but I find that it tops out at about eight hours, or perhaps I just like to be as drugged up as possible, and therefore pop 'em as often as I can. No sleepy fog sets in, although I generally take Claritin with a caffeine chaser, for "balance."

On the whole, though, I still prefer Benadryl and alcohol … it puts me right out like a Rufie. This way, I can sleep through my days instead of working, which I do anyway, but it's easier with heavy medication.

Review by Homer Dowdy