Cetirizine HCL tablets are a type of antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of an allergic reaction. These symptoms range from itching, sneezing, congestion, and hives.
What is Cetirizine HCL?
Cetirizine tablets include the active ingredient Cetirizine Hydrochloride (HCL). Cetirizine is an anti-allergy medication that works by blocking the natural substance, histamine, which the body makes during an allergic reaction.
What is Cetirizine HCL used for?
For adults and children who are over 6 years of age, Cetirizine HCL is typically prescribed for the treatment of:
- Symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis)
- Seasonal or pet related allergies (perennial allergic rhinitis)
- Symptoms caused by allergies including red and watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, runny or itchy nose, swelling, rash, redness, itchiness, etc.
It is important to note that Cetirizine cannot be used to treat or prevent a serious allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis. In case of serious allergic reactions, consult your doctor about what medication to use. For instance, if you’ve been prescribed an epinephrine injection to treat serious allergic reactions keep the injection with you at all times and do not take Cetirizine in place of epinephrine.
What side effects are associated with Cetirizine?
If you’ve been prescribed Cetirizine, mentioned below are some of the side effects you should know about:
- Stomach pain, especially in children
- Dry mouth
- Coughing or sore throat
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Note this is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any unusual side effects after taking Cetirizine.
In some rare cases, Cetirizine may cause serious side effects. If you experience any one of these, stop using Cetirizine immediately and get medical help at once.
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Problem sleeping, insomnia
- Weakness or fatigue
- Uncontrollable shaking or tremors
- Restlessness or hyperactivity
- Difficulty seeing
- Urinating less than usual or not at all
Cetirizine HCL tablets are available at both local and online pharmacies. Some online pharmacies such as healthwarehouse.com can also deliver Cetrizine to the patient’s home.
Cetirizine HCl (10 mg).........Antihistamine
Temporarily relieves the these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies:
- runny nose
- itching nose or throat
- itchy, watery eyes
Do not use if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients or to an antihistamine containing hydroxyzine.
Ask a doctor before use if you have liver or kidney disease. Your doctor should determine if you need a different dose.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking tranquilizers or sedatives.
When using this product
- drowsiness may occur
- avoid alcoholic drinks
- alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
- be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery
Stop use and ask a doctor if an allergic reaction to this product occurs. Seek medical help right away.
If pregnant or breast-feeding:
- if breast-feeding: not recommended
- if pregnant: ask a health professional before use.
Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
| Adults and children 6 years & older || one 10mg tablet once daily; do not take more than one 10mg tablet in 24 hours. A 5mg product may be appropriate for less severe symptoms.|
| Adults 65 years and over || ask a doctor|
| Children under 6 years of age || ask a doctor|
| consumers with liver or kidney disease|| ask a doctor|
- Store between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F)
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