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

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

Not likely: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a new generation antihistamine approved for use in children and adults for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and hives. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is safe for long term use. A good question to ask is why is it needed everyday. Consider seeing an allergist to assist in identification of the allergic trigger and with avoidance, a person may require less medication. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Does anyone know the long term effects of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Does anyone know the long term effects of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) effects: Antihistamines in general are some of the safest medications to use long-term.That said, one should never use a medication longer than necessary, and it is wise to switch products periodically no matter what the medication class, in case you are having side effects but don't realize it.I have seen occasional patients develop what seem to be "rebound hives" after long-term use of antihistamines. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of being on nasonex (mometasone) and allergy meds (switch between different ones... Zyrtec, allegra, claratin) it's been many years?

What are the long term effects of being on nasonex (mometasone) and allergy meds (switch between different ones... Zyrtec, allegra, claratin) it's been many years?

Not to worry : There are no significant reported long term adverse effects of nasal steroids in studies. Direct , local effects are more common like irritation in the nose, crustiness, nosebleeds. You just take a short break from the rx for these. There are no major reported concerns about long term use of antihistamines.- zyrtec, claritin, allegra, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking Zyrtec, (cetirizine) lysozyme, kaloba long term in children 2-4 years old?

Are there any side effects to taking Zyrtec, (cetirizine) lysozyme, kaloba long term in children 2-4 years old?

Yes: There are side effects or potential side effects to all medications, supplements, vitamins, therapies, and life in general. A decision to use or not use any treatment is always a risk vs benefit analysis. You should discuss this with your children's doctor. ...Read more

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Long term side effects of effects of anti allergics (zyrtec)?

Long term side effects of effects of anti allergics (zyrtec)?

None: There have been no reported long-term side effects from use of zyrtec (cetirizine) in a trial involving toddlers and children with eczema, who were treated with zyrtec (cetirizine) for for years daily, and then there was an extension out to six years of total treatment. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take zyrtec (cetirizine) most days of the year or is there a chance for long term problems with taking it too much? I try to avoid taking medicines.

Is it safe to take zyrtec (cetirizine) most days of the year or is there a chance for long term problems with taking it too much? I try to avoid taking medicines.

Zyrtec (cetirizine) : Zyrtec is a safe anti-histamine with a relatively good tract record in long term users. But note that all medications have side effects. However, some are willing to take a small and smart risk for a better quality of life. Discuss nasal antihistamines & other non-systemic treatments with your doctor. With immunotherapy, an immunologist may be able to help avert your need for medications. ...Read more

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Headache is getting worse. I have been on claritin, (loratadine) flonaz, and zyrtec but nothing seems to help long-term. Any suggestions?

Headache is getting worse. I have been on claritin, (loratadine) flonaz, and zyrtec but nothing seems to help long-term. Any suggestions?

Evaluation: I would recommend that you confirm with your provider if allergies are the reason for your headache. You have used allergy medications to treat your headache and apparently have not had benefit. I think it may be likely that your headache is not allergy related at this point. ...Read more

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If zyrtec (cetirizine) causes me stomach pain is there a danger in using it long term?

If zyrtec (cetirizine) causes me stomach pain is there a danger in using it long term?

Stop: If any medications causes side effects it is probably best to not use that medication again. Most times there are other choices. ...Read more

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Does long term use of zyrtec (cetirizine) cause possible forgetfulness and drowsiness?

Does long term use of zyrtec (cetirizine) cause possible forgetfulness and drowsiness?

It can: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is antihistamine and histamine is active in brain so it is entirely possible to cause mental cloudiness and neuro changes. Has less 'sleepiness' than other antihistamines but doesn't mean it is without side effects. ...Read more

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Zyrtec (Definition)

Zyrtec is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more