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cetirizine Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What dosages is cetirizine available in?

What dosages is cetirizine available in?

cetirizine is available comes in many different formulations, like tablets, chewable tablets, capsules, orally disintegrating tablets, and oral liquids in various strengths.

What is cetirizine used for?

What is cetirizine used for?

  • cetirizine is an antihistamine and is used for the following:
  • Short-term relief of allergy symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, itching of the nose or throat)
  • Relief of itchiness due to chronic (long-term) hives in children ages 6 months to under 6 years old
How does cetirizine work?

How does cetirizine work?

cetirizine is a second-generation antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a natural chemical in your body that can cause allergy symptoms like itchiness, itchy eyes, or runny nose. By blocking histamine, cetirizine helps relieve allergy symptoms.

How do I take cetirizine?

How do I take cetirizine?

  • Depending on the manufacturer and formulation, your medication can have different amounts of cetirizine in each dose and age cut-offs for use.
  • The directions can be different depending on the product you have. Be sure to check the medication box for specific instructions. In general:
  • Ages under 6 years: Ask your child’s pediatrician.
  • Ages 6 to under 65 years: The typical dose is 5 mg or 10 mg once per day, depending on how severe your allergy symptoms are. The maximum dose is 10 mg per day.
  • Ages 65 years and older: Ask your primary care provider.
  • Oral liquids
  • Ages under 2 years of age: Ask your child’s pediatrician.
  • Ages 2 to under 6 years: The typical dose is 2.5 mL (2.5 mg) by mouth once per day. If needed, the dose can be raised to 5 mL (5 mg) once per day or 2.5 mL (2.5 mg) twice per day. The maximum dose is 5 mL (5 mg) per day.
  • Ages 6 to under 65 years: The typical dose is 5 mL (5 mg) or 10 mL (10 mg) by mouth once per day, depending on how severe your allergy symptoms are. The maximum dose is 10 mL (10 mg) per day.
  • Ages 65 years and older: The typical dose is 5 mL (5 mg) by mouth once per day. The maximum dose is 5 mL (5 mg) per day.
  • Your dose might differ if you have liver or kidney problems.
Is it safe for me to take cetirizine?

Is it safe for me to take cetirizine?

cetirizine is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have an allergy to cetirizine or to another antihistamine called hydroxyzine (Vistaril).

cetirizine Common Side Effects

cetirizine Common Side Effects

  • Common side effects of cetirizine:
  • Sleepiness
  • Tiredness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach pain
  • Cough
cetirizine Serious Side Effects

cetirizine Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with cetirizine. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

Accidentally taking too much medication: fast heartbeat, flushing, extreme sleepiness, hallucinations, changes in vision, irritability in children

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on cetirizine

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on cetirizine

  • There are no major drug interactions listed for cetirizine. However, always let your physician and pharmacist know about any other medications or supplements (including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements) that you are currently taking.
Who makes cetirizine?

Who makes cetirizine?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is cetirizine safe in pregnancy?

Is cetirizine safe in pregnancy?

There are no adequate and
well-controlled studies in pregnant women. cetirizine should be used in pregnancy only if clearly needed.


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