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Zyrtec

ZYRTEC®




DRUG DESCRIPTION

Active Ingredient (in each capsule)

Cetirizine HCl 10 mg

Purpose

Antihistamine

What are the possible side effects of cetirizine?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;
  • weakness, tremors (uncontrolled shaking), or sleep problems (insomnia);
  • severe restless feeling, hyperactivity;
  • confusion;
  • problems with vision; or
  • urinating less than usual or not at all.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness,...

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What are the precautions when taking cetirizine (Zyrtec)?

Before taking cetirizine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to hydroxyzine; or to levocetirizine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: difficulty urinating (such as due to an enlarged prostate), kidney disease, liver disease.

If you are using this medication to treat hives, tell your doctor right away if you have any of these other symptoms because they may be signs of a more serious condition: hives that are an unusual color, hives that look bruised or blistered, hives that do not itch.

This drug may...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 8/31/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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