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The following information is a summary about
ZYRTEC. It is not intended to replace a doctor's instructions.
Chemical Name: CETIRIZINE
This medicine is an
antihistamine used to treat both seasonal and perennial allergy
symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose (rhinitis), itching eyes,
and sneezing. Cetirizine is also used to treat hives.
Some medicines or
medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR
DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter
medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR
CONDITION may be needed if you are taking other medicines that cause
drowsiness such as medicine for sleep (e.g., sedatives),
tranquilizers, anti-anxiety medicines (e.g., diazepam), narcotic
pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g.,
phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine, or tricyclics such as
amitriptyline), anti-seizure medicines (e.g., carbamazepine), muscle
relaxants, or other antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g.,
diphenhydramine). DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor
or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical
conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. DO NOT TAKE
THIS MEDICINE IF YOU HAVE an allergy to the medicine hydroxyzine.
ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE MAY BE NEEDED if you have a
history of kidney disease, or liver disease. Contact your doctor or
pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this
directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS
MEDICINE is usually taken my mouth once daily. THIS MEDICINE MAY BE
TAKEN on an empty stomach or with food. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room
temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C) in a
tightly-closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. BRIEF
STORAGE between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is
acceptable. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as
possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed
dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2
doses at once.
THIS MEDICINE MAY
CAUSE DROWSINESS. DO NOT DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR DO ANYTHING
ELSE THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS until you know how you react to this
medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with
alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other
potentially dangerous tasks. LIMIT ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES while taking
this medicine. DO NOT INCREASE YOUR DOSE or take more of this
medicine than prescribed without checking with your doctor. BEFORE
YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or
over-the-counter (e.g., cough-and-cold products), check with your
doctor or pharmacist about their safe use. These medicines may also
contain ingredients which can cause drowsiness. THIS MEDICINE MAY
INTERFERE WITH allergy test results. Check with your doctor for
instruction on how long you will need to stop taking this medicine
prior to those tests. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN
THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of
this medicine, especially the drowsiness effect. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU
PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and
the risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. THIS MEDICINE IS
EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that
may go away during treatment, include drowsiness, fatigue, or dry
mouth. IN CHILDREN stomach pain or vomiting may occur. If they
continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR
DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience yellowing of eyes or skin, dark
urine, or persistent fatigue. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine
is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling,
dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not
listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing
its job. Use our drug interaction checker to find out if your
medicines interact with each other.
If you take too much
IF OVERDOSE IS
SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency
room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include severe
drowsiness. IN CHILDREN symptoms may include restlessness and
irritability at first followed by drowsiness.
identification card at all times that says you are taking this
medicine. If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse,
contact your doctor. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom
it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health
conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and
pets. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain
refills before your supply runs out.