Zyrtec

zyrtec

Drug Uses

Zyrtec is available by prescription only. Zyrtec relieves symptoms of hay fever, cold symptoms and seasonal allergy symptoms such itchy, watering eyes, runny nose and sneezing. Zyrtec is also used treat hives, as well as other medical conditions as determined by a doctor.

Dosage

Zyrtec should be taken as prescribed by a doctor.

ADULTS AND CHILDREN 12 YEARS AND OLDER: The recommended dose is 5mg or 10mg taken as one dose per day when required.

CHILDREN 6-11 YEARS: The recommended dose is 5mg or 10mg taken as one dose per day when required.

CHILDREN 2-5 YEARS: The recommended dose is 2.5mg (half a teaspoon) of Zyrtec syrup taken as one dose per day when required. The daily dose may be increased to a maximum of 5mg (one teaspoon) of syrup, or one 5mg chewable tablet once a day.

CHILDREN 6 MONTHS – 2 YEARS: The recommended dose of Zyrtec syrup is 2.5mg (half a teaspoon) taken as one dose a day when required. The daily dose may be increased to a maximum of 5mg administered as two 2.5mg (half a teaspoon) doses taken 12 hours apart.

NOTE: Elderly patients may require an adjusted dose.

Missed Dose

If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as you remember, as long as it does not clash with the next scheduled dose. In this case, rather skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose.

Precautions

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should discuss the risks of using Zyrtec with their doctor. It has been established that Zyrtec passes into breast milk.

Do not use Zyrtec if you are allergic to cetirizine or any other ingredient in Zyrtec.

Before using Zyrtec ensure that your doctor has a full knowledge of your medical history as well as details of any other medications you are using.

While using Zyrtec avoid driving or performing any dangerous activity as Zyrtec can cause drowsiness. Avoid drinking alcohol while using Zyrtec as alcohol can intensify side-effects.

Side-effects

Call for emergency medical assistance if any of the following allergic symptoms occur: difficulty in breathing, hives, or swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat.

Stop using Zyrtec and call a doctor immediately if any of the following symptoms occur: irregular or fast heart rate, shaking, insomnia, hyperactivity, restlessness, vision problems, confusion, or decreased urination.

Less serious side-effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, cough, sore throat, constipation, nausea, or headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects. If any symptoms persist or get worse, contact a doctor.

Overdose

If overdose with Zyrtec is suspected, get emergency assistance immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include feelings of restlessness or nervousness followed by drowsiness.

Storage

Zyrtec should be kept in a cool, dry place away from sun and moisture.