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A 47-year-old member asked:

how do you know if cetirizine hydrochloride 20 mg enough?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
If it works: If it doesn't work, then it is not enough or not appropriate even though you are already on 2 x the average dose.
Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Depends: It depends what you are treating.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there major differences between loratadine and cetirizine?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Not really: Both are antihistamines that work well. There may some subtle differences between the two but in general either one is a good choice.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between zyrtec and xyzal (levocetirizine)?

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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Very similar: Zyrtec is the brand name for the molecule cetirizine, whereas xyzal is levocetirizine, the mirror image. Xyzal came to market when zyrtec was going generic and over-the-counter. There are subtle differences between the two, but they behave very similarly.
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A 26-year-old member asked:

Are there any long term effects to taking zyrtec (cetirizine) everyday?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
No, but rarely yes.: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is pretty well-tolerated and now is over the counter. You should check with your doctor if you have known liver disease or experience difficulty breathing, seizures, or low blood pressures.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is cetirizine hydrochloride used for?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
ANtihistamine: Cetrizine is an antihistamine and is used for allergy symptoms.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How does zyrtec (cetirizine) (reactine) 10 mg work?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Zyrtec (cetirizine) = Cetirizine: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a long action, non-sedating antihistamine. It works well for many people. It functions by blocking histamine release from cells, thereby stopping allergic symptoms.

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