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Is It Safe To Take 2 10mg Zyrtec A Day
Not recommended: The maximum daily dose recommended for zyrtec (cetirizine) is 10mg. Higher than this dose may cause serious side effects such as liver damage, seizures or low blood pressure. However, in certain situations higher than recommended dose may be warranted under physician supervision. The risks/benefits must be carefully weighed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Sedation: That dose of zyrtec is going to be very sedating. This defeats the purpose of taking zyrtec instead of benadryl (diphenhydramine). That level of sedation will make you a drowsy --> dangerous driver. Have you tried Loratadine or allegra? Do you use Flonase or something like it? Do you regularly flush your nose with a saline/ baking soda solution? ...Read more
Allergy meds: Hello. Allergy medication like zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) help with the symptoms of allergy. The dose for an adult is 10 mg for Claritin (loratadine) and 10 mg for zyrtec. If you take both on the same day, an increase in dryness as well as sedation will likely occur. There are other medications to help with your allergies. Instead of taking these two medications, see your doctor for other options. ...Read more
I was prescribed Muscadol for a muscle spasm. Is it safe to take with Zyrtec (cetirizine)? I can't be off Zyrtec (cetirizine) for more than a day. Thanks
Likely ok: You should always exercise caution when taking medications like sleeping pills, sedatives, and muscle relaxants like Muscadol with first-generation antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Second-generation antihistamines, like Zyrtec, (cetirizine) are non-sedating and are less likely to interact with these types of medications but you should still proceed carefully. ...Read more
Yes: As long as you only take the recommended doses. If you do need all these medications to control your allergies, you should consider consulting an allergist. ...Read more
I usually take 2 xyzal/day but can't get it refilled anymore. Also, my allergies have started breaking through on it. Should I take two zyrtec (cetirizine)?
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