Ugh!! I haven't noticed any pollen inside. We don't really open windows in Spring so that we can keep ourselves as pollen-free as possible. I'm not sure how well that's working, mind you!
Re ephedrine: I hate taking it! I only do so when I'm desperate. Even if I take it in the morning, it keeps me awake at night. And it's a tired-awake, which is just miserable.
I'm torn on gov't intervention on ephedrine products. On the one hand I don't like them regulating OTC drugs (I mean, they're OTC!), but we have so many crystal meth busts around here, mostly involving children who live in the same houses/mobile homes where the crystal meth is being cooked, that I'm happy about the limited accessibility that the drug has.
It's just another of those cases of a few people ruining the lives of the rest of us. I needed a painkiller desperately a few months ago--I was weeping b/c the pain in my shoulder was so severe--but neither of my docs (GP or specialist) would give me any painkillers. "We only do that for people who have had surgery." GAH!! So instead I got supermega-doses of ibuprofen. The result: it's okay that I could get liver damage, because apparently that's far better than the remote possibility of a drug addiction that might have been the result of getting a script for loritab or some such. I'm still really angry about that.