Zyrtec is an antihistamine drug that works by reducing the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body that can produce symptoms of itching, watery eyes, sneezing or runny nose. This pill is widely used for the treatment of common infections or cold, allergic symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes or itching. In case of itching and swelling that is caused by chronic urticaria also known to be as hives, the pill can be used to treat the same. The brand names of Zyrtec are All day Allergy, Indoor/ Outdoor Allergy Relief and is also available in the generic form by name cetirizine.
Zyrtec is used to treat various allergies and hay fevers. If a person is having cold or allergy symptoms like, itching, runny nose, watery body, consumption of this pill can alleviate distress easily. One can also take this pill to treat sneezing that is due to hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis. These medications are also used to heal allergies to molds and dust mites.
Dosage and Administration
Zyrtec pills are available in the dosage formulations of 5 mg and 10 mg in the form of regular tablets and as chewable tablets. Syrup form is also available in the dosage strength as 1 mg/ ml. It can be availed as an over the counter medication therefore, no prescription is required to attain this drug.
The chewable tablets should be chewed before it is swallowed. The tablets can be taken with or without food. The dissolving tablet should not be swallowed as a whole. It should be allowed to dissolve without being chewed.
You can swallow Zyrtec tablets many a time to get it dissolved. To help yourself swallow better, you may even drink a glass of water or any other liquid. Do not increase or decrease the dosage strength of the pill or take it longer than what is insisted as doing so can severely react on your body.
The common side effects of this medication comprises of dry mouth, dizziness, headache, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness, sore throat. The side effects of this pill in children can be vomiting and stomach pain. The pill can also impair the thinking ability; therefore, people who consume Zyrtec are requested not to engage in doing dangerous activities like driving. Further, one should also abstain from drinking alcohol as alcohol can increase certain side effects of cetirizine.
Relative contraindications to Zyrtec
Keep your doctor informed if you are taking any other medication that may work to make you sleepy such as narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxers, allergic medicines, sleeping pills, medicine for depression, seizures or anxiety. These medications can increase the sleepiness that is caused by cetirizine pills. Also notify your physician if you are taking any over the counter pills, other prescription medications or any other vitamin and herbal supplements so as to prevent any drug interactions.