Iíve been floating around this and other forumís for some time and never contributed as I hadnít felt I had anything to offer other than going through my own personal tale of blushing woe (I wonít bore you with that). Iíve tried most drugs and various lotions and potions over the last 11 years but never found anything that worked in the slightest for blushing, until nowÖ
Anyway the other day whilst helping a friend of a friend tidy a flat which is due to be put up for sale, I found a bottle of brand name antihistamines on a table, and impulsively decided to help myself to 4 capsules. At the time I just thought why not, what harm can it do? I planned to try them out later on that day as myself and my missus were going to her sisters house which is notoriously warm and I knew it would be the usual full blown blush fest ( I donít actually mind doing it there too much as they all just carry on as if nothing ever happened, but it still gets you down a bit doesnít it!).
So before we drove out there I necked all 4, and only noticed a change once we reached their house (1 hour drive) and got out of the car. I was shattered, and my legs werenít working properly, but I didnít say anything and just claimed to be really tired after all the cleaning. When I got inside I couldnít believe how easy I found it to speak freely with everyone without any hint of a hot face or a blushy feeling! I was super drowsy and couldíve easily fallen asleep anywhere in there but really didnít care!
The drowsiness gradually reduced and as usual we all got smashed (I drank in the region of a bottle of vodka), and eventually after 5-6 hours I began to blush again, twice it happened and I assumed the effects of the antihistamines had worn off. It coincided with the drowsiness disappearing so this was completely logical to me. The other benefit was that I did not get a hangover the next day in the slightest, which is not normal for me at all. Coincidence? I donít think so.
Iíve since done a little research on antihistamines and Iím still trying to find out what brand name it was I took. Iím pretty sure they were bought at Tesco by this person at the flat, and I know the drug was called (something) hydrochloride. There are various types of these antihistamines available to buy over the counter, but I will clarify this soon hopefully.
There is a topic on page 5 of this forum index called ĎQuestions about antihistaminesí in which Ďtheoneandonlyí appears to have had similar experiences. I also notice he has tried a non drowsy type of antihistamine which worked Clarityn (brand name) Loratadine (drug) as did one of the sedating types, Phenergan Ė promethazine hydrochloride, so Iím going to try these next.
The dosage is the one big issue but Iím planning on testing this out with reasonably high doses (not 4 capsules!), and little doses to do my own test on what works, and for how long. If the non drowsy option can stop me blushing for a certain period of hours then this will no doubt make my life much easier, stress free and enjoyable. I know itís not a cure, but for me, itís a potential breakthrough.
I hope this can work for others and would love to hear any similar stories/experiences. Iíll try and keep you all updated on my progress.
P.S. I donít usually impulsively help myself to bottles of over the counter drugs left lying around on tables! Or drink a whole bottle of vodka to myself, just special occasions!