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Cetirizine Side Effects
Generic for Zyrtec (cetirizine): The most common side effects of Cetirizine are sedation and dry mouth. Children typically tolerate the sedative effects better than adults but parents have reported changes in personality and mood amongst my patient population under the age of 7 years. Overall Cetirizine is a very effective once a day antihistamine in the class of 2nd generation antihistamines. ...Read more
Drowsiness: Most likely will be drowsy. There can be respiratory suppression, at which point he would need to been evaluated in an emergency center. However, call poison control in your area to see if they have any other suggestions. Otherwise effects will wear off over time. ...Read more
How common is urinary retention from chronic use of zyrtec (cetirizine)? Any other side effects? I was prescribed to take it everyday but doc never mentioned this
Sleepiness: The major side-effect of zyrtec (cetirizine) is sedation - sleepiness, fatigue, and slowed reaction time. This occurs in 1 out of 10 or 1 out of 12 users. Compare to Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 1 of 3 users or clariting 1 in 50 users. Also occasionally reported are stomachache, headache, diarrhea, constipation & dry mouth & throat. In older men zyrtec can sometimes cause difficulty with urination. ...Read more
I have been giving my son of 4years old 80 drops of zyrtec (cetirizine) per day for 5 days . What are the side effects?
At bedtime: It may make him slept, so best to give it before bedtime. ...Read more
Hi. what could be the side effects if a person consumes 30mg of cetirizine per day without any consultation or with no need to take ?? of age 15 yrs ?
Depends: It depends on why cetirzine is being taken for. Having said that this is a relatively safe drug . Whether an allergy consult is needed or not depends on the disease conditions themselves. ...Read more
1 of my friend started taking daily 20 mg of cetirizine without any requirement . she is of 15 yrs.what are the possible side effects if she continues?
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