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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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Cetirizine (Definition)

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


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What is the definition or description of: Zyrtec (cetirizine) overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Zyrtec (cetirizine) overdose?

Zyrtec overdose: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug / substance is used. Drowsiness is the primary O/D sx . Other possible sxs include dizziness, nausea, & dry mouth. Cardiac arrhythmias/ palpitations, would be more likely to occur withZyrtec-D. REF: http://www.livestrong.com/article/95094-overdose-signs-zyrtec/ ...Read more

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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 can I do as a nurse if a 3 year old child is brought to the emergency room being overdose on zyrtec (cetirizine) and has a BP of 70/42 , pulse 70 , 35 resp?

What can I   do as a nurse  if a 3 year old child is brought to the emergency room being overdose on zyrtec (cetirizine) and has a BP of 70/42 , pulse 70 , 35 resp?

See blelow: The main se of a zyrtec (cetirizine) od are restlessness, irritability and drowsiness. Pumping the stomach may help but once the drug is absorbed, supportive care is all that can be done. Give IV fluids. The BP is a bit low as is the hr - the fluids may help. Otherwise, monitor the child's cardiorespiratory activity and treat appropriately - if in ed pressors as needed. ...Read more

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After taking 5 pills of zyrtec, (cetirizine) would I be overdosed?

Probably not: I would recommend you not take more than 1 zyrtec (cetirizine) tablet in 24 hours unless directed by a physician. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to open package zyrtec-d?

How to open package zyrtec-d?

Carefully: Open it very carefully according to the instructions on the box. Otherwise, return to pharmacy and ask them to show you how to open the package. ...Read more

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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

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How long for zyrtec (cetirizine) to work?

About 1 hour: The onset of action for zyrtec (cetirizine) to clinically improve symptoms is about 1 hour. The reference is listed here: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/11770694. ...Read more

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How long can you take zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) use: Zyrtec (cetirizine) can be taken daily indefinitely, there are no long term side effects from accumulated drug. ...Read more

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How much zyrtec (cetirizine) can you take?

How much zyrtec (cetirizine) can you take?

Follow Directions: The directions for taking zyrtec (cetirizine) are on the bottle. One should not exceed these dosing recommendations. ...Read more

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Can i take zyrtec (cetirizine) twice a day?

Yes: It is safe if you need to take it twice daily. Do note that you may get drowsy from it. ...Read more

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Can i take more than one zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): The recommended dosage is 10mg once a day. More than that is considered an overdose and would not be recommended. ...Read more

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Is zyrtec (cetirizine) safe for everyday use?

Yes with caution: If zyrtec (cetirizine) is needed every day to control symptoms for more than a week or two , a patient needs evaluation as possibly there is a chronic allergic disorder that needs more study, may be another medication needs to be prescribed, some patients are taking zyretc or other antihistamines for extended periods under medical supervision. ...Read more

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Can you take zyrtec (cetirizine) twice daily?

Most likely: If you are taking zyrtec (cetirizine) once a day and it does not make you significantly sleepy, you will be fine. A number of conditions are treated with zyrtec (cetirizine) or other antihistamines more than once a day and this is widely accepted. ...Read more

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Zyrtec (Definition)

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Overdose (Definition)

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