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What Can I Take With Zyrtec
Depends: Zyrtec or Cetirizine is a new generation antihistamine for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and hives. It has very few side effects and drug interactions. I suggest avoiding drinking alcohol while taking zyrtec. If zyrtec is not controlling allergies, the nasal steroid sprays are the most effective treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm allergic to benadryl, have been since i was little. I stopped breathing and swelled up. What else can I take? Is zyrtec okay?
Allergy to benadryl: If you had such a severe reaction years ago to benadryl, you should be under the care of an allergist to help protect you, from other allergy attacks that could be severe. It may be that you reacted to something that was in the Benadryl rather than Benadryl itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy: Zyrtec is an antihistamine, so you would be safe taking an inhaled steroid like fluticasone. You can also use a decongestant like sudafed. If you have itchy eyes there are also prescription eye drops that can help and are safe to take while on an antihistamine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal congestion?: I would suggest talking to your doctor if otc antihistamines are not helpful. I will mention that antihistamines tend to be more helpful for itching and sneezing and less helpful for nasal congestion. Nasal antihistamines and nasal steroids tend to be more effective for nasal congestion due to allergic rhinitis (allergies). ...Read more
Not likely: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a new generation with a good safety profile. While the usual dose of zyrtec is 10 mg once a day for allergies, there is scientific evidence that higher doses even up to 4x the usual dose is helpful for severe hives. So, two doses of zyrtec is unlikely to cause significant side effects except perhaps a little drowsy. ...Read more
Probably: Although the usual dose of zyrtec 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DON'T!: The maximum clinical dose of Zyrtec is 10mg per day. 50mg is therefore 5X the recommended daily dose! You will most likely be fine if you did, you should call the Poison control # and drink a lot of fluids,..but if you make a habit of it you run the risk of damaging your liver. In a 2 year study of rats that were given higher doses of Zrytec it revealed increased Liver tumors in the those rats! ...Read more
If I take 5mg of Zyrtec at night, is it still working come morning and afternoon, or should I take the full 10mg?
Most pollen from : trees are released at night between 3 AM to 6 AM. So your Zyrtec should work fine for the time when you need it the most! However if you're in a hyper allergenic environment, you may need the full dose. So if you feel that all you need is the evening and early morning doses the 5 mg may be enough. Let your body be your barometer! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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