What is Zyrtec (Cetirizine) used for?
Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is an antihistamine that is used to treat allergy symptoms such as itchiness, sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose. It can also be used to treat itching and swelling caused by hives. This drug is proven to alleviate these symptoms by inhibiting the action of the natural chemical histamine, which causes the symptoms of allergies to occur.
How should I use Zyrtec (Cetirizine)?
Zyrtec (Cetirizine) tablets should be taken orally. Patients are normally directed to take one 10mg tablet per day, unless told to do otherwise by their physician. Always consult your physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed to you, and so that you can be advised on how long treatment is necessary.
What are the side effects of Zyrtec (Cetirizine)?
Some side effects which may occur as a result of taking Zyrtec (Cetirizine) include:
Patients should consult their physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if they notice tremors, confusion, a fast pounding heartbeat, changes in vision, or urination less than normal or not at all.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Zyrtec (Cetirizine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, especially kidney or liver disease, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
If you are using this medication to treat hives, consult your physician if the hives do not start to heal after 3 days of treatment, or if they have not completely healed after 6 weeks.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.