A 53-year-old female asked:
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i have narrow angle glaucoma can i take zrytec?

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience Pediatrics
No: You should not take Zyrtec (cetirizine) if you have narrow angle glaucoma.
Answered on Jun 29, 2014
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably: I noticed that you have had bilateral laser iridotomies, a treatment for narrow angle glaucoma. If your treating eye physician has indicated to you that your drainage angle is now much more open, then it's probably okay to use Zyrtec (cetirizine). To be sure, call the eye MD's office and verify.
Answered on Jul 19, 2014
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Zyrtec (cetirizine) will not affect this condition. If you have had this diagnosis, hopefully you have seen an ophthalmologist who can apply a curative laser treatment and take away any risk you might have.
Answered on Jan 12, 2017
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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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You are wise to have asked. Many OTC & Rx meds can worsen your condition. Sedating anti-histamines like diphenhydramine (Benedryl), the antiemetic Phenergan, Tagamet & Zantac and several antidepressants should be avoided. Always consult your eye doctor before self-medicating. Thanks!
Feb 19, 2015

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Both : Both should be the same. However ask your pharmacist who knows your medication history to tell you which you should use, if either.
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Probably not: Since Zyrtec does have mild anti-cholinergic effect, I would prefer that you consider Allegra (fexofenadine).
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Yes: It is safe if you need to take it twice daily. Do note that you may get drowsy from it.
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Dr. Brian Affleck
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Zyrtec (cetirizine): The recommended dosage is 10mg once a day. More than that is considered an overdose and would not be recommended.

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