Cetirizine is used to treat allergic conditions and the active ingredient of this medicine is Cetirizine Hydrochloride.
Uses of Cetirizine
This medicine is used for the relief of symptoms of hay fever and allergies such as dust or pet allergies, sneezing, itchy, runny and blocked nose, red and watery eyes. It is also used to treat swelling, redness and itchiness of the skin.
Contraindications of Cetirizine
When should one not use Cetirizine
Allergic to Cetirizine or having severe kidney disease.
Side effects of Cetirizine
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Allergic reactions like rash, swelling loss of consciousness and loss of weight
- Tremors or fits
- Dry mouth, diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
Precautions and Warnings of Cetirizine
Can I take Cetirizine during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant or you think you might be pregnant or are planning pregnancy, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Can I take Cetirizine while breastfeeding?
It is not advisable during breastfeeding. The patient should consult with the doctor first.
Can I drive if I have consumed Cetirizine?
It does not affect your driving ability, but you may feel drowsy. Hence better to avoid if you feel drowsiness.
Can I consume alcohol with Cetirizine?
This medicine may cause calmness and excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
- You have fits or kidney problem
- You are suffering from spinal cord lesion
Mode of Action of Cetirizine
How Does It Work?
This medicine is an Antihistamine and it works by blocking a particular natural substance (Histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction.
Interactions of Cetirizine
Interactions with other medicines
- Most sedatives
- Other antibiotics of Cephalosporins class
- Carbidopa/ Levodopa
- Chlorcyclizine, etc.E11
Interactions with food items
No information is available on interactions of Cetirizine when taken with food, so consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
Dietary Restrictions of Cetirizine
No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Cetirizine, consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
Dosage of Cetirizine
The most common signs and symptoms of overdose may include feeling unwell, confused, restless, shaky, dizzy, tired or very sleepy. You may also notice a rapid heartbeat, dilated pupils or blurred vision and experience headache. Consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Missed a Dose
If you forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you remember and then wait 24 hours before taking your next dose. Do not take a double dose to catch up with the skipped dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What should I discuss with my physician before taking Cetirizine?
A: You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it. Ask your doctor if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have any specific medical condition. Also, mention all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations, and nutritional supplements that you may be taking to your doctor before starting this medication.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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