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Possibly: Alcohol causes sedation (sleepiness). Zyrtec (cetirizine) can cause sedation (not in everyone, but in many). Mixing the two can compound the effect - making you extra sedated. Extra sleepy. But then that can translate to greater impairment in judgement. Meaning - not thinking clearly.... ...Read more
I have to take daily Zyrtec (10mg). Liver-wise, is it safe to have one glass of wine on a day when I take this med?Or do I need to avoid any alcohol?
I started taking Zyrtec for 3 days, scratching issues, I have an event where I want to drink if I don't take the pill for one day may I drink alcohol?
Drink HOW much ETOH?: I always assume when someone asks a question like this that they are not talking about one or two social drinks. There is really no significant interaction between alcohol and antihistamines like zyrtec, although both may be sedating. However, alcohol itself can result in itching, and may be part of the problem. If you are talking larger amounts of alcohol, that is in itself a problem. ...Read more
Would zyrtec or Claritin help me in my alcohol allergy? I get these red/purple rashes all over my body for weeks and it's hard to breath...
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
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