Generic Name(s): Cetirizine HCL
Drug Class: Histamine-1 Receptor Antagonist
Treats: Perennial Allergic Rhinitis, hives
Zyrtec, commonly referred to as Cetirizine is an antihistamine receptor that is used to reverse allergy symptoms such as a running nose, watery eyes, itching, hives, sneezing by blocking natural chemical called histamine which is manufactured by the body during an allergic reaction.
Zyrtec is not a treatment for serious allergy reactions thus it should not be used in substitute of any other prescribed medication.
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Zyrtec, is prescribed to curb allergy symptoms. It reduces the effect of histamine, a natural chemical produced by the body during an allergic reaction. Zyrtec can also be used to treat the following:
- Cold allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose and itchiness.
- Hives (selling caused by chronic urticaria)
- Hay fever
Zyrtec is in form of tablets that can be chewed and swallowed with water (chewables) or dissolved in water for children.
Dosage for Zyrtec depends on age, response to treatment and medical condition. This medication comes in different forms and is best-taken ad prescribed by your doctor. The typical dosage, however, is:
- One 10mg tablet per day for adults and children. Do not exceed this dosage unless instructed by the doctor.
- 5mg table may be taken if the symptoms are not severe
In case of overdose, contact an emergency room or poison control center immediately for professional help.Do not substitute this medication for another as it might not be able to treat severe allergic reactions. Always follow your doctor's instructions.
Zyrtec Side Effects
Always remember that Zyrtec has been prescribed because your doctor has assessed that the benefits are far greater than the side effects of taken this medication. Most common side effects that should be expected include:
- Dry mouth
- Stomach pain
Severe side effects that call for medical help include:
- Difficulty urinating
- General weakness
Zyrtec is not known to affect unborn babies however it is important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.Do not take this medication if you are allergic to cetirizine.
It is important to inform your doctor if you are taking any other medication that may cause drowsiness, anxiety and sleep including alcohol. Other antihistamines should not be taken with Zyrtec. Drugs that may interact with Zyrtec include:
Always remember that the risks of drug benefits are high and can be a serious threat to your life.