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Cetirizine Dosage 20mg
Will gradual increases in dosages of reactine (zyrtec) eventually cause rebound congestion? Thanks.
What is the zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup dosage for a 21kg child & what is the max dosage per day. Thanks?
Are doses of cetirizine (reactine) 20mg bid too high for a period of 6 months. Could you link any studies about that dosage for long periods of time.
What r u treating?: depends on the condition you are trying to treat, if an allergic reaction, yes you can give the zyrtec, but the labels won't tell how much to give if below 2-years old, you can give 2ml to help the reaction. but if you are trying to treat other conditions as runny nose or congestion, see your pediatrician, good luck ...Read more
Lower than adult.: Depends on the size: less than 90lbs, go with 5mg. If larger, the 10mg dose should be fine. Recently I have seen some very large 12 year olds. ...Read more
My 5 year old had his first hives attack 3 months ago. He cannot stop taking cetirizine on a daily dosage because hives come and go always?
What drug can I give my 4 month daughter and cough? I have piriton, zyrtec (cetirizine) and allerief in the house. She weighs 7kg. Give dosage too
See doctor: It is not recommended to give infants and young children cough medicine as the cough is typically protective and the medications can be harmful. If the cough appears to be related to a cold and no difficulties breathing it should start to resolve in 7-10 days. If not getting better or not related to a cold she should be evaluated by her physician. ...Read more
What is the recommended dosage for salbutamol neb and cetirizine fo 26wks pregnand that has a productive cough?
?: Productive cough, 26 weeks pregnant, you are asking about salbutamol nebs and cetirizine, salbutamol is category C and cetirizine is category B with pregnancy, those categories are degrees of safety given for a drug during pregnancy, given that, you need to see your doctor, or any doctor to prescribe the right medicine safe for yourself and your unborn child, goodluck ...Read more
How much dosage of zyrtec can i have in a day? Im 78 years old.. Im having liquid food Ensure, for over a month,, Could this result in itching allergy
Possible: Ensure has ingredients (with dairy one of them) which can be allergenic. On the other hand, at your age, dry skin may be a more likely issue. Try unscented soap, apply moisturizer on your skin <3 mins after bathing and again in 12 hrs +/- bathing. Zyrtec would not help dry skin but you can take it up to 4 x daily if needed. For food allergy, avoidance is a must. ...Read more
Why are the mg dosage of antihistamines different? Allegra is 180mg , Claritin (loratadine) is 5mg , and zyrtec is 10mg.
5-10 mg: 5-10 mg by mouth each day.Get a more detailed answer ›
Too much cetirizine: Too much of any drug could be dangerous but Cetirizine is generally very safe in usual doses. It is not uncommon for allergists to prescribe Cetirizine in higher than recommended doses up to 40 mg per day. This does not mean it is completely safe since sedation is common at this dose. Over-the-counter medications should be used at the recommended doses unless supervised by a physician. ...Read more
Can I take my second dose of Zyrtec (cetirizine) D in 8 hours if I need it, opposed to the recommended 12 hours? Took it at 10am would like to take it now 7:30pm
Should be Ok: try then to change to the recommended schedule as soon as it seems to be working ...Read more
I took 10 mg. Zyrtec (cetirizine) about 7 hours ago and wonder if I can take a dose of NyQuil before going to bed.
YES: however the use of both products should not exceed the doses you are using and you may have increased sedation. ...Read more
I have chronic hives that is flaring, medol helped but symptoms back after six day dose. Now 20mg zyrtec (cetirizine) suggested, seeing dif opinions of benefit?
Double antihistamine: Speak to your doctor about using 2 different antihistamines -one in am and one in pm. If that does not work see an allergist who can suggest other therapies. ...Read more
Took 1/2 zyrtec (cetirizine) 5 hours ago. Is it safe to take 1/2 dose nyquil liquigels (1 capsule)?
My body acts weird. Everytime I use Zyrtec (cetirizine) drops I get very little drowsy only on the first dose. My tolerance goes away if I stop it for long. Why?
Expected: That's true with most sedating antihistamines. One does get used to the drowsiness after a couple of weeks. Whether this is due to a faster breakdown of the drug by the liver or reconditioning of the brain- no one knows However it is believed that some impairment in performance does happen when measured by performance tools even though you may not be feeling it. ...Read more
I give my 17mnth old 1/2 teaspoon of children's zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies but some days it's not enough. Can i increase the dose or try something differ t?
Do not increase : A 17 month old should not have allergies to inhaled items like dust or pollen. Zyrtec (cetirizine) could cause drowsiness and i would avoid long term use of zyrtec (cetirizine) in your child. If your child has a runny or stuffy nose that is unresponsive to zyrtec (cetirizine) then see your doctor to make sure there isn't an infection brewing. ...Read more
Zyrtec (cetirizine) works best for me but also is very sedating for the next 24 hrs. Can i split the pill and take a lower dose (5 mg) or even 2.5 mg children's dose? Would those doses be less sedating?
Uncertain: I am unaware of any study on human re. The lethal dose but have heard of people taking up to 8 tablets a day without serious side effects. ...Read more
My 23 month old daughter had a dose of 2.5ml of cetirizine this morning at 10. Can she have another dose now at 8? Her weight is 30 pounds.
My 8 year old, 72 lbs. Inadvertently just took a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Zyrtec at The same time, What are the Ramifications of the Double dose?
Without knowing : the doses of either, all I can say is that using cetirizine together with diphenhydramine can increase side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. If you're worried about how woozy he is, call his doctor for instructions about seeking after-hours care. ...Read more
Pedi. recommended Zyrtec, (cetirizine) 9 mo boy. I mistakenly gave him 5x the dose (3 ml vs 8 drops). no visible sideeffects. Is it ok now to restart 8 drops?
No: Not to be used under 2 yrs of age. That being said, some physicians will off-label prescribe it 6 mo - 2 yr olds at around 2.5 - 5 mg/day. If you gave 3 ml (= 3 mg) it is unlikely child would have any significant side effects. Again, in general, not advisable to give kiddos under 2 antihistamines. ...Read more
Gave my 5 yr old Zyrtec (cetirizine) last night 1 tsp at 7 and forgot gave to him this morning @ 9:30 1tsp. What side effects should i look fo since a extra dose?
None: It is unlikely he will experience any effect from 1 extra dose. All the best. ...Read more
Is it safe to take 2 10mg Zyrtec (cetirizine) a day in the case that my allergic reaction is worsening as the 1st dose is wearing off? Otherwise, what would be my best option?
Other options: If by allergic reaction you are referring to allergic rhinitis (hay fever) then you might want to think about adding additional meds to regimen to help control symptoms better. Nasal saline rinses, steroid nasal sprays, and various other OTC preparations can help alleviate allergies in conjunction with Zyrtec. See an allergist for further testing to determine sensitivities. ...Read more
Can I take an extra seasonal allergy medicine if one dose of zyrtec (cetirizine) a day is not helping enough?
Not advised: You should not take an extra dose of any once a day medication. In this case see your allergist or primary doctor to decide what medication(s) you can take, in addition to or instead of what you are taking now. ...Read more
Zyrtec (cetirizine) works best for my allergy symptoms, but full 10 mg pill makes me pretty groggy for next 24 hrs. Is it safe to split zyrtec (cetirizine) pill into 5 mg dose?
Yes: You can take it either once or twice a day at the 5mg dose. Just don't go over 10mg max per day. ...Read more
Can we give our son Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 4 hrs after a dose of Zyrtec? He has bouts with itching at night and can't sleep.
Why itching?: It is medically safe to give the benadryl; however, the question leads to another - why is he having bouts of itching? Ideally, determining and treating the cause will be more effective then treating the symptoms. Does he have eczema? Does he have scabies? Does he have an allergy to the bedding/detergent used to clean the bedding? Consider the sources and eliminate them - or see local doc for eval ...Read more