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What Are The Dangers Of Zyrtec
Overdose: As with any medication, it is possible to overdose on zyrtec (cetirizine). While symptoms will vary, based on certain factors, reported symptoms include restlessness, irritability, and drowsiness. If you believe you have taken a zyrtec overdose, please contact poison control or go to the nearest emergency department. Treatment may involve pumping the stomach or treating any symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. ...Read more
Sleepiness for some: For some people, zyrtec can make them a bit sleepy (usually much less than first generation antihistamines like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) though). Taking more than 1 may increase the sleepiness in those persons. Otherwise it is usually safe. However, if your allergies are bad enough that one pill is not enough, you should see your doctor or an allergist to discuss other potential treatment options. ...Read more
Zyrtec (cetirizine): Is very safe for long term use. ...Read more
Is it dangerous or harmful to take Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec in the same day? Not sure if I am having allergy flare up or if Claritin (loratadine) is failing me again.
No: Should not be dangerous, just redundant.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are hives in children dangerous if they are occurring on the face for long periods of time and the zyrtec (cetirizine) does not make them go away?
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
Probably: Although the usual dose of zyrtec (cetirizine) for an adult is 10 mg daily, under the direction of a physician, some patients may need more. It would be important to discuss the dosing with your physician as another approach to treatment may be indicated. Avoid drinking alcohol and be aware that drowsiness may be more likely at higher doses. ...Read more
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I accidentally took an expired (18 months ago!) Zyrtec pill. Should I take the correct (unexpired) one nowbad well or should I wait 24 hours?
Wait: Medication can lose it's effectiveness past expiration date, but I would not expect it to not be effective at all; especially if only 18 months expired. It will not be harmful at all that you took an expired zyrtec. It will probably still be almost as effective as it was prior to expiration, so I would just wait and take a new one at your normal time the next day. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Same and different: Both one and same thing antihitamine once a day pill generic vs no generic, both over the counter. Should be taken at night as it can make you sleepy. Try not to take every day every pill has side effects. ...Read more