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I have to take daily Zyrtec (cetirizine) (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?
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Zyrtec (cetirizine): There is a "caution" warning for this medication with any liver impairment. Discuss this with your liver specialist. ...Read more
I took 10 mg Zyrtec (cetirizine) this morning, forgot, and had 3 glasses of wine today. Should I be worried about my liver?
No: One time very unlikely to do liver damage. Don't make it a habit ...Read more
I have slightly raised round bumps of various size scattered on my arm and abdomen that itch intermittently. I am on Zyrtec (cetirizine) and they are still there.
The best would be to: It is hard to give advice without a picture of those bumps, and a more detailed history. You would be perfect patient for a concierge on line video visit. Dr Neskovic ...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
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
Close: Xyzal (levocetirizine) (levo-cetirizine) is the r-isomer, of zyrtec (cetirizine). Medications are usually a combination of r + s (called racemic). Typically only the r side contributes to the clinically meaningful action of the drug. So, the companies have been able to separate the active r side from the inactive s- side. This means it may be as or more effective at half the dose. ...Read more
Both antihistamines: Allegra (fexofenadine) and zyrtec (cetirizine) are both new generation antihistamines affecting h1 receptor. They are different compounds but essentially work the same way. They are both approved for allergic rhinitis and hives. Both come in various forms for treatment of children and adults. Time of onset for clinical relief of symptoms is about the same. ...Read more
Loratadine is weaker: When loradine (claritin) was studied the manufacturer selected the lowest dose that gave a response better than placebo but didn't have more side effects than placebo. This caused it to be a fairly weakly effective med. As it wasn't studied at higher dose I can't speak to safety of higher doses. Personally, I find zyrtec (cetirizine) to be much more effective but may be more sedating. ...Read more
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 more
Depends: All 3 of the mentioned new generation antihistamines (zyrtec, allegra, (fexofenadine) clarinex) are effective for treating allergic rhinitis and hives. What's interesting is that each individual person may respond better to one over the other. While every allergist probably has his/her favorite, truth is...They all work. If not happy with one, try a different one! ...Read more