oh allergies...*sigh* I never used to have them until a few years ago, now they're year round, especially seeing as I'm allergic to all that can cause hay fever, and cats.
I was taking loratatine just about every day for quite a while, but its not nearly as effective as the generic Zyrtec I just recently switched to. Their patent must have run out recently, as I just noticed the generic form of Zyrtec has appeared on the shelves. For me, it runs about $5-$7 for 45 pills of the Top Care brand, a little more expensive than generic claritin which I can get for $3 for 60 pills. I also have prescription Advair for my allergy induced asthma (which seriously works like a DREAM!)
I will also take Diphenhydramine (benadryl, also the active ingredient in many sleeping pills) at night when my allergies are bad and to help me sleep.
The Claritin and Zyrtec don't usually make me loopy or spacey (or maybe I've been taking them long enough that its now just normal for me, lol)