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cetirizine

Pronunciation: se TIR a zeen

Brand: All Day Allergy, All Day Allergy Children's, Indoor/Outdoor Allergy Relief, ZyrTEC, ZyrTEC Children's Dye-Free Sugar-Free, ZyrTEC Children's Perfect Measure, ZyrTEC Dissolve, ZyrTEC Hives, ZyrTEC Liquid Gels

Cetirizine 5 mg-MYL

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Zyrtec 5 mg

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What is the most important information I should know about cetirizine?

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This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

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Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of cetirizine.

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Tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as other cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by cetirizine.

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Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, if they get worse, or if you also have a fever.

What is cetirizine?

Cetirizine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Cetirizine is used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or runny nose.

Cetirizine is also used to treat itching and swelling caused by chronic urticaria (hives).

Cetirizine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking cetirizine?

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cetirizine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have any medical conditions.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

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Cetirizine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Older adults may need to take a lower than normal dose. Follow your doctor's instructions.

How should I take cetirizine?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

You may take this medication with or without food.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

Do not swallow the dissolving tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

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Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, if they get worse, or if you also have a fever.

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Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid form of this medicine to freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or nervous, and then feeling drowsy.

What should I avoid while taking cetirizine?

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This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

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Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of cetirizine.

What are the possible side effects of cetirizine?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;
  • weakness, tremors (uncontrolled shaking), or sleep problems (insomnia);
  • severe restless feeling, hyperactivity;
  • confusion;
  • problems with vision; or
  • urinating less than usual or not at all.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • tired feeling;
  • dry mouth;
  • sore throat, cough;
  • nausea, constipation; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect cetirizine?

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Tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as other cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by cetirizine.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with cetirizine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about cetirizine.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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