What is Zyrtec?
Zyrtec is an antihistamine and the brand name for cetirizine, which is an over the counter drug which reduces natural chemical histamine effects in the body. It is used in the treatment of cold and symptoms of allergy like itching, runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. The major Zyrtec ingredient is cetirizine.
Zyrtec is also used in the treatment of swelling and itching resulting from chronic urticarial (hives).
Zyrtec D is a mixture of the key ingredient in Zyrtec (cetirizine) with the decongestant pseudoephedrine. It has been approved as a treatment for cold or allergy symptoms which includes:
Sinus and nasal congestion
Some side effects of Zyrtec d are:
Zyrtec for dogs
Though this has not yet been approved. Under veterinarian supervision, Zyrtec can be used at times for treating dermatitis in dogs. It can cause harm to pets with kidney or liver problems so it is necessary for it to be prescribed by a veterinarian before giving it to your pet.
Just like other prescription medication, the manufacturer of this medication offer’s buyers who need treatment for allergies coupons as financial incentives. The Zyrtec coupons are also available to give discounts. There are also some online stores offering Zyrtec coupons which give discount making it cheaper.
A Zyrtec generic version has also been approved. The generic Zyrtec a manufactured by various companies and can be used as close substitutes for the original Zyrtec.
Zyrtec is grouped under the FDA category B for pregnancy. Though zyrtec is not supposed to harm an unborn child, inform your doctor if you plan to get pregnant or already pregnant before taking this drug. Zyrtec can pass into breast milk and might cause harm to the baby so, it is advisable not to take Zyrtec if you are breastfeeding a baby.
Side effects of Zyrtec
Here are some of the common and less serious side effects of Zyrtec contact your doctor if you experience any of them. They are:
Some zyrtec side effects are more serious than others and should you experience any of them after taking Zyrtec, stop taking the drug and seek urgent medical help. They include:
No urination or less than normal
Sleep problems or insomnia
Uneven heartbeat or fast pounding of the heart
There are some other adverse effects or Zyrtec side effects that are not included. If you start experiencing any of them call your doctor.
Note that some drugs interact with Zyrtec increasing the risk of its side effect. They are:
Note that not everything is included here. Inform your doctor about every drug you take both the prescribed and the non-prescribed, herbal supplements and vitamins.
The Zyrtec dosage should be taking as prescribed by the doctor or directed on the label. Do not use above or below the recommended dosage. It should not also be taken longer than was recommended. Your Zyrtec dosage could be taken with food or without food.
Zyrtec is taken as a single dose at a convenient time for you during the week.
It’s available as 5 a 5mg and 10 mg tablet, 5mg and 10 mg chewable tablets and 1 mg/ml syrup.
Children above 12 years and adults are prescribed 5mg or 10 mg daily as first dose, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
For children between 6 months to 2 years old the recommended dose is 2.5 mg (½ teaspoon) one time daily. For those between 12 to 23 months it can be increased to a maximum of 5 mg dose daily, administered as ½ teaspoon (2.5 mg) with 12 hours interval.
For children between 2 to 5 years old taking Zyrtec, the first dose recommended is 2.5 mg (½ teaspoon) syrup one time a day. The dosage here can be increased to 5 mg maximum daily administered as a teaspoon of syrup one time a day or 1 ½ teaspoon of syrup given with a 12 hours interval, or a chewable tablet of 5 mg taken once daily.
For children between 6 to 11 years old taking Zyrtec the first dose recommended is 5 mg or 10 mg one time a day, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
A 5mg dose is recommended for people who are 77 years and older to treat Geriatric.
In a situation where an overdose of Zyrtec occurs contact your doctor immediately or call the poison control line. If you happen to miss a dose of Zyrtec, simply take the missed dose immediately you remember. If it is almost the time to take your next dose, simply skip that dose and continue with your normal dose. Do not take an extra Zyrtec dose to make up for a missed one.