What should I know when taking cetirizine (Zyrtec)?


Before you decide to buy any medicine you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist and learn all the details about it. The same thing is about cetirizine, it is important that you have not allergies to cetirizine itself, or to penicillins and levocetirizine, or may be to another drugs. As almost every medicine takes in some inactive components, which can give rise to allergic reactions or other problems with health. You always are recommended to consult your pharmacist or doctor for more information.

When visiting the doctor for consultation you should tell your medical history, not forgetting such important problems like kidney or liver diseases.

If you take this drug to treat hives, tell your doctor about the symptoms you have because they may be signs of more serious problems: for example if hives have an uncommon shade, hives with bruise or blisters, hives that is not itching. When taking the medicine you may feel sleepy and less alert. You are recommended not to drive, work with the machinery, or do any job requiring you to be attentive.

Thanks Zyrtec!

zyMy son had  chronic urticaria  or dermatographism for about one year before he started taking this drug. He started taking it in January and today he forgot he even has the skin problem! When he first tried Zyrtec, the side effects made him extremely thirsty and sleepy. Zyrtec dried his body out. But all these side effects went away after prolonged use this product. Now he feels like a normal man!

Things necessary to remember about allergies and antihistamines

allergyAllergy can occur in every person. Practically all people experience some allergic reaction once in their life. For some people allergy becomes a part of their regular life and they need to take antihistamines to stop allergy symptoms.
Keep in mind that antihistamines successfully control allergy symptoms, but they do not completely cure allergies. So, every person with known allergic reaction or allergy to something should try to avoid any allergens that may be causing his/her symptoms. If necessary, people with allergies should stay home during allergy seasons and prevent any contacts with animals.
It is generally recommended to consume much water and have more rest while having allergy symptoms and/or taking antihistamines.
Antihistamines available now range greatly in price. For most patients generic medications which contain the same active ingredient as in brand are the best choice. Generic antihistamines are produced with the high standards of quality and safety, but cost much lower than brand medications.antihistamines
The individual response to the therapy with antihistamines varies greatly among patients. Some people have to try many different antihistamine medications before they find the one which will be the most suitable for them.
Before taking any antihistamine medication it is advised to visit a doctor.
Children younger years of age can be more sensitive to the effects of antihistamines. They should be diagnosed by a doctor and given a medication only with a doctor’s prescription. Never give a child younger than years of age any antihistamine without first consulting a doctor.
Most common side effects of antihistamine medications are drowsiness, headache, and confusion. If the medication makes you drowsy, do not operate machinery or drive.

Zyrtec side effects

f noticed that you have any of the next side effects or allergic reaction call you doctor at once. Such symptoms of allergy as: swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue, difficult breathing; hives; Serious side effects:

  • tremors,weakness;problems with vision; or
  • hyperactivity, severe restless feeling;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • confusion;
  • pounding, fast, or uneven heartbeat;
  • problems with urinating.

Less serious side effects:

  • tired feeling;
  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • headache.
  • sore throat, cough;
  • dry mouth;
  • constipation, nausea.

Tips: how to use antihistamines

Allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and sore throat are frequently bothersome and make a person to take a drug to relieve these symptoms. The medications to treat allergies are called antihistamines. These medications may be available over-the-counter or with a prescription. All antihistamines work in similar way – they stop histamines from attaching to the cells in the body. This prevention helps to stop the swelling and congestion. Antihistamines usually do not cause severe side effects in adult patients. Still it is recommended to have enough information about these medications: how to safely take them, most common side effects.
Before using antihistamines consider the following things:
1) Specify if your symptoms are caused by allergens.
2) Find out the proper dosage pursuant to your age and/or weight.
3) Get the information about contraindications of drug use, interactions with other drugs, side effects.
4) If necessary consult with a doctor if symptoms do not improve.