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Zyrtec

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/20/2020
Drug Description

What is Zyrtec and how is it used?

Zyrtec is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of cold or allergy (sneezing, itching, watery eyes or runny nose). Zyrtec may be used alone or with other medications.

Zyrtec is an antihistamine.

It is not known if Zyrtec is safe and effective in children younger than 2 years of age.

What are the possible side effects of Zyrtec?

  • fast or pounding heartbeat,
  • weakness,
  • tremors (shaking),
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • severe feeling of restlessness,
  • hyperactivity,
  • confusion,
  • vision problems, and
  • little or no urination

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of Zyrtec include:

  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • dry mouth,
  • nausea,
  • constipation, and
  • feeling tired

Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of Zyrtec. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

DESCRIPTION

Active Ingredient (in each capsule)

Cetirizine HCl 10 mg

Purpose

Antihistamine

Indications & Dosage

INDICATIONS

Uses

Temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies:

  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • itching of the nose or throat

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Directions

adults and children 6 years and over one 10 mg capsule once daily; do not take more than one 10 mg capsule in 24 hours. A 5 mg product may be appropriate for less severe symptoms.
adults 65 years and over ask a doctor
children under 6 years of age ask a doctor
consumers with liver or kidney disease ask a doctor

HOW SUPPLIED

NDC 50580-779-12

Other Information

  • store at 20°-25°C (68°-77°F)
  • avoid high humidity and excessive heat above 40°C (104°F)
  • protect from light
  • do not use if foil inner seal printed with “Safety Seal®” is broken or missing

Inactive Ingredients

gelatin, glycerin, mannitol, pharmaceutical ink, polyethylene glycol 400, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan, sorbitol

Questions or comments ?

call 1-800-343-7805

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division. Revised: Dec 2015

QUESTION

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Side Effects & Drug Interactions

SIDE EFFECTS

When Using This Product

  • drowsiness may occur
  • avoid alcoholic drinks
  • alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
  • be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery

Stop use and ask a doctor if an allergic reaction to this product occurs. Seek medical help right away.

If Pregnant or Breast-feeding

if breast-feeding: not recommended
if pregnant: ask a health professional before use.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

No information provided.

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.

PRECAUTIONS

Do not use if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients or to an antihistamine containing hydroxyzine.

Ask a doctor before use if you have liver or kidney disease. Your doctor should determine if you need a different dose.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking tranquilizers or sedatives.

When Using This Product

  • drowsiness may occur
  • avoid alcoholic drinks
  • alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
  • be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery

Stop use and ask a doctor if an allergic reaction to this product occurs. Seek medical help right away.

If Pregnant or Breast-feeding

if breast-feeding: not recommended
if pregnant: ask a health professional before use.

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

No information provided.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

No information provided.

Clinical Pharmacology

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

No information provided.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

Do not use if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients or to an antihistamine containing hydroxyzine.

Ask a doctor before use if you have liver or kidney disease. Your doctor should determine if you need a different dose.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking tranquilizers or sedatives.

When using this product

  • drowsiness may occur
  • avoid alcoholic drinks
  • alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
  • be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery

Stop use and ask a doctor if an allergic reaction to this product occurs. Seek medical help right away.

If pregnant or breast-feeding:

if breast-feeding: not recommended

if pregnant: ask a health professional before use.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. (1-800-222-1222)

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