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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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?

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?

No problem: Although it may potentially have an additive effect to the drowsiness induced by alcohol. Make sure you don't drive after the combination on the first occasion just to make sure. If no problem, you may even try 2 glasses of wine and do the same observation but no more.

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. David Martin Dr. Martin
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Can taking zyrtec (cetirizine) daily cause fatty liver?

Can taking zyrtec (cetirizine) daily cause fatty liver?

Cetirizine: Cetirizine, in rare cases, can cause increased liver function tests and fatty liver disease, but the tests normalize when the drug is stopped.

Dr. Jack Mutnick Dr. Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Have NASH and cirrhosis of the liver. Can I take zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Have NASH and cirrhosis of the liver. Can I take zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): There is a "caution" warning for this medication with any liver impairment. Discuss this with your liver specialist.

Dr. Tipu Sultan Dr. Sultan
Internal Medicine - Allergy
years in practice
University of the Punjab, King Edward Medical College
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Dr. Spasoje Neskovic Dr. Neskovic
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Belgrade Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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

Dr. Tracy Sinha Dr. Sinha
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
49 years in practice
Saurashtra University, C.U. Shah Medical College
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Zyrtec vs cetirizine?

Zyrtec vs cetirizine?

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.

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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!

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Dr. Neil Kao Dr. Kao
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What are the ingredients of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

What are the ingredients of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Cetirizine (active): The active ingredient does the work. Pills may also contain preservatives, food dyes, stabilizers, and a coating.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Does zyrtec (cetirizine) make ppl drunk?

Does zyrtec (cetirizine) make ppl drunk?

Usually no: Zyrtec, (cetirizine) a second generation antihistaminic is generally non sedating, few patints though get sedated, some with continuous use the sedative effect wears off.

Dr. PHILLIP KIM Dr. KIM
Family Medicine
11 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Can zyrtec (cetirizine) be taken with uc.?

Can zyrtec (cetirizine) be taken with uc.?

Clarify?: What is uc? Is it a med? Otherwise zyrtec (cetirizine) is an anti-histamines proven to be generally safe which is why it is approved as an otc.

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Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Can you take Claritin and Zyrtec together?

Can you take Claritin and Zyrtec together?

NO: They are both antihistamines and would not be useful or safe taken together! Hope this helps Dr z

Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Xyzal (levocetirizine) the same as zyrtec?

Xyzal (levocetirizine) the same as zyrtec?

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.

Dr. Vijay Saigal Dr. Saigal
Internal Medicine
51 years in practice
All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
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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.

Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can I take a Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

Can I take a Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec?

Yes but: You should not take them unless you checked with a doctor and it all depends what you are trying to treat. They work the same, so adding one may not give you the results you are seeking.

Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Are allergra and zyrtec (cetirizine) the same?

Are allergra and zyrtec (cetirizine) the same?

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.

Dr. Franklyn Gergits Dr. Gergits
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Does zyrtec (cetirizine) affect bloid pressure?

Does zyrtec (cetirizine) affect bloid pressure?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) an BP: Hello. Plain zyrtec (cetirizine) will have little affect on blood pressure. Zyrtec (cetirizine) d however could cause hypertension, increased heart rate, sleep disturbance and urinary incontinance in older men.

Dr. Brian Affleck Dr. Affleck
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can benedryl be taken with zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Can benedryl be taken with zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Not recommended: These are both antihistamines and i'd not recommend using them at the same time because their effects could be potentiated/stronger than normal. The biggest side effects to expect from either drug is drowsiness.

Dr. Franklyn Gergits Dr. Gergits
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is having melatonin and zyrtec (cetirizine) okay?

Is having melatonin and zyrtec (cetirizine) okay?

Melatonin/Zyrtec: Hello, you can use both medications together. Remember that both these medications can be sedating so use them before sleep.

Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Can zyrtec (cetirizine) be taken with claritan d?

Can zyrtec (cetirizine) be taken with claritan d?

Antihistamine: Both of them are antihistamines, so there is no added benefit to combine them. It would be preferable to take one or the other. The 'd' refers to a decongestant that is combined with the antihistamine.

Dr. Powlin Manuel Dr. Manuel
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
47 years in practice
Kerala University, Medical College Thiruvananthapuram
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What are the side effects of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

What are the side effects of zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Minimal side effects: The side effects of zyrtec (cetirizine) are minimal compared to old antihistamines. Very small incidences of headache, sleepiness, abdominal pain, dry mouth, and nose bleeds have been reported.

Dr. John Chiu
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Cetirizine (Definition)

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Zyrtec (Definition)

Zyrtec is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more