Drug Class: What is Cetirizine and why is it prescribed?
Cetirizine Mechanism: How does Cetirizine work?
Cetirizine Dosage: How should you take Cetirizine?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Cetirizine
Special information on Cetirizine
Cetirizine side effects
|Drug Class: What is Cetirizine and why is it prescribed?|
| Generic Cetirizine is an antihistamine. Generic Cetirizine is the fourth addition
to a new generation of allergy medications called \"non-sedating\" antihistamines
or histamine (H-1) receptor blockers. These new antihistamines are called non-sedating
because they cause less sedation than their predecessors; however, cetirizine is more sedating than the other non-sedating antihistamines.
Generic Cetirizine is prescribed to treat the sneezing; itchy, runny nose; and itchy, red, watery eyes caused by seasonal allergies such as hay fever.
Generic Cetirizine relieves the symptoms of year-round allergies due to dust, mold, and animal dander. Generic Cetirizine is also used in the treatment of chronic itchy skin and hives.
|Cetirizine Mechanism: How does Cetirizine work?|
|Antihistamines like Generic Cetirizine block the effects of histamines. Histaminescause symptoms of allergy when released by allergic reactions in the body. Generic Cetirizine, antihistamines block the ability of histamine to promote the allergy symptoms. For further information, please read the Allergic Rhinitis article.|
|Cetirizine Dosage: How should you take Cetirizine?|
Take Generic Cetirizine once a day, exactly as prescribed. Generic Cetirizine can be
taken with or without food. Generic Cetirizine may make your mouth dry. Sucking hard
candy, chewing a stick of gum, or melting bits of ice in your mouth can provide
Generic Cetirizine Dosage:
Generic Cetirizine Overdose: Any medication taken in excess can have
serious consequences. In adults, the primary symptom of a Generic Cetirizine overdose
is extreme sleepiness. In children, restlessness and irritability may precede
drowsiness. If you suspect an overdose of Generic Cetirizine, seek medical treatment
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Cetirizine|
You should avoid drinking alcohol or taking sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or muscle relaxants while using Generic Cetirizine. They can lead to increased drowsiness and reduced mental alertness. Among the products to avoid are the following:
|Special information on Cetirizine|
|Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Generic Cetirizine during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or
plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.
Generic Cetirizine appears in breast milk and should not be used if you are breastfeeding.
|Cetirizine side effects|
Side effects of Generic Cetrizine cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change
in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine
if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Cetrizine.
More common side effects of Generic Cetrizine in adults may include: Drowsiness, dry mouth, fatigue.
Less common side effects of Generic Cetrizine in adults may include: Dizziness, sore throat.
More common side effects of Generic Cetrizine in children aged 6 to 11 may include: Abdominal pain, coughing, diarrhea, headache, nosebleed, sleepiness, sore throat, wheezing.
Less common side effects of Generic Cetrizine in children aged 6 to 11 may include: Nausea, vomiting.
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