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Dr. John Chiu
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Zyrtec (Overview)

Zyrtec is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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What is zyrtec (cetirizine) used for?

What is zyrtec (cetirizine) used for?

Allergies and hives: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a new generation antihistamine that is FDA approved for relieving the symptoms of ::
Seasonal Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) from pollen in patients over 2 years old
Perennial allergic rhinitis: year round allergies in patients over 6 months old
Chronic Urticaria (hives) in those over 6 months old
It has been shown to prevent itching and decrease size of mosquito bites! ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
551 Doctors shared insights

Zyrtec (Overview)

Zyrtec is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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I had 2 zyrtecs (cetirizine) by mistake, what to do?

I had 2 zyrtecs (cetirizine) by mistake, what to do?

Nothing: This will have the primary anti-allergic effect but not cause any other issue except possible a little induced sleepiness if you are susceptible. This amount will cause nothing worrisome. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Please describe the medication: zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Anti histamine: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is an over the counter antihistamine medication used to treat itching, hives and other allergic symptoms. ...Read more

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I went to insta care here in florida the other day. The doctor proscribed Flonase naisal spray and changing my allergy meds to zyrtec (cetirizine) is this ok?

I went to insta care here in florida the other day. The doctor proscribed Flonase naisal spray and changing my allergy meds to zyrtec (cetirizine) is this ok?

Allergies: A nasal steroid spray such as Flonase in conjunction with zyrtec, which is an antihistamine is a good combination for treatment of allergies. If you don't have allergies, then this is not okay, but if you do have allergies, this is certainly a reasonable combination. Continuity of care important for allergies. You should see an allergist or an ENT allergist to follow your care. ...Read more

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My doc prescribed me Zyrtec (cetirizine) 10 drops twice a day. I get drowsy with it. I also have classes on Monday. I find it hard to stay full awake.

Try others: You can either reduce the number of drops required without causing drowsiness or better still change to other antihistamines such loratadine or fexofenadine which would not likely have drowsiness effects. ...Read more

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How effective is zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

How effective is zyrtec (cetirizine) syrup for toddlers in treating cough?

Toddler cough: Hello, zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine that may help with allergic disease. It will also help dry up excessive watery drainage. If your child has a cough linked to an allergic condition or possibly asthma, then zyrtec (cetirizine) may be very helpful. Check with your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Can zyrtec (cetirizine) work with food allergies?

Can zyrtec (cetirizine) work with food allergies?

No: No, zyrtec (cetirizine) does not work to prevent you from getting an allergic reaction to food or to treat food allergies. Food allergies can present with different clinical symptoms and can be life threatening. Currently strictly avoiding the food is the only treatment. Only a few centers do food desensitization. If you have real food allergy, you should see an allergist specialist. ...Read more

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I took two zyrtec (cetirizine) by mistake by the same time for dangerous?

I took two zyrtec (cetirizine) by mistake by the same time for dangerous?

No: Just try to avoid taking any other anti histamine for the next 24 h you may also avoid driving to tuning heavy machinery as u naught be sleepy. ...Read more

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I never drink but today I was extrememly upset and I had 2 shots of Moscato rubino, can I still take my 75mg topamax (topiramate) for H/A and 10mg Zyrtec tonight?

I never drink but today I was extrememly upset and I had 2 shots of Moscato rubino, can I still take my 75mg topamax (topiramate) for H/A and 10mg Zyrtec tonight?

Never mix: Do not risk a significant side effect by mixing alcohol and drugs. This can potentially increase the toxicity of these medications with serious adverse outcomes. It is simply not worth it. ...Read more

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Doctors, how much zyrtec (cetirizine hydrochloride) is a lethal dose?

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

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Is severe itch a common side effect of discontinuing zyrtec (cetirizine)? If so, how long will it last and what can I do to cope?

Is severe itch a common side effect of discontinuing zyrtec (cetirizine)? If so, how long will it last and what can I do to cope?

It is not.: Presuming that you were taking zyrtec (cetirizine) for the itching, the itching would return when you stop taking zyrtec (cetirizine) unless you can eliminate the cause for the itching. ...Read more

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Any bad side effects of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Any bad side effects of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Sleepiness: 10% of the patients will experience sleepiness.Best time to take it is at bedtime to cut down this side effect. ...Read more

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How long does it take for zyrtec (cetirizine) to be out of your system?

How long does it take for zyrtec (cetirizine) to be out of your system?

Effects of Zyrtec (cetirizine): The half-life of Cetirizine (the time it takes for your body to get rid of half of the drug) is about 8 hours. The vast majority should be gone within about 24 hours. ...Read more

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I have very bad allergies. Allegra (fexofenadine) 180 use to work but it wears off fast. Zyrtec doesn't do anything what should I do. Always congested & feeling bad?

I have very bad allergies. Allegra (fexofenadine) 180 use to work but it wears off fast. Zyrtec doesn't do anything what should I do. Always congested & feeling bad?

Other meds: Antihistamines do not manage congestion well which is why decongestants are often added. Singulair (montelukast) and nasal steroids manage all allergy symptoms and in head to head comparisons steroid sprays control symptoms better than oral antihistamines. Topical spray antihistamines are also an option. Allergy shots help reduce or eliminate medications in 2/3 of patients so may need to see allergist. ...Read more

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Is there drug interaction between topomax and zyrtec (cetirizine)? Both say take at night

Is there drug interaction between topomax and zyrtec (cetirizine)? Both say take at night

No interaction: Those 2 meds are safe to take together. They both have a slight chance of causing drowsiness, hence the advice to take both at night. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I mix allegra (fexofenadine) & zyrtec for my allegy relief if allegra (fexofenadine) alone is not enough?

Can I mix allegra (fexofenadine) & zyrtec for my allegy relief if allegra (fexofenadine) alone is not enough?

You could, but: They do exactly the same thing so taking both is just like taking a double dose of one. Instead, you should try something from a different medication category, like a prescription nasal steroid spray. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for zyrtec (cetirizine) overdose?

What is the treatment for zyrtec (cetirizine) overdose?

Observation: The major consequence is sedation so observation in a safe place - in bed at home or in the er - is almost always adequate. Irregular heart beat is extremely rare. If massive overdose is suspected - say a small child swallows 10 or more 10 mg tablets - vomiting may be induced with syrup of ipecac. ...Read more

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What if you accidentally give a child too much zyrtec (cetirizine)?

What if you accidentally give a child too much zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Call poison control: Usually too much zyrtec (cetirizine) would not cause any harm. If you gave two to three times the recommended dose I wouldn't worry about it. Is the child on any other medications which might interact with the zyrtec (cetirizine)? There is an 800 number in your area which you can call 24/7 for questions regarding overdose or accidental ingestion of cleaning products etc. ...Read more

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My brother took too many zyrtec (cetirizine) tablets. Side effects?

My brother took too many zyrtec (cetirizine) tablets. Side effects?

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

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Gave my 7 yr old 10 mg zyrtec (cetirizine) on accident will she be okay?

Yes: You don't need to do anything. That dose is non toxic. The national poison control number is 800-222-1222. The call is free and the advice is good for any accidental ingestion. Someone is there 24/7. ...Read more

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How long can you take zyrtec?

How long can you take zyrtec?

Depends: On the condition, some would take it for years, but if you need it for long, better run it by tour doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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Can I break original 10 mg of Zyrtec?

Can I break original 10 mg of Zyrtec?

Zyrtec can be split: Zyrtec is not a sustained release type pill. Therefore you can cut it in half and not harm the effect. It is however an odd shape and may be challenging. ...Read more

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Cetirizine (Definition)

Ceftirizine is the generic name of an antihistamine previously marketed under the ...Read more