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Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Uses
Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is an antihistamine. This medication is used to treat hay fever and other allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and watery and/or itchy eyes
How Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Works
This medication and the other antihistamine drugs block a chemical in your body (histamine), which causes allergy symptoms.
How To Take Zyrtec (Cetirizine)
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor. This medicine is taken orally. This medication can be taken with or without food, at the same time every day.
Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Possible Side Effects
This medication is generally well-tolerated and side effects are usually mild. Common side effects include drowsiness and dry mouth. If you experience other bothersome side effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Warnings and Precautions
This medication will add to the effects of alcohol and other Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants. Do NOT drive, operated machinery or perform any hazardous activities until you discover how you react to this medication.
Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Drug Interactions
Cimetidine and fluvoxamine (Luvox) can increase the effects and side effects of this medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information on side effects.
If you miss a dose, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take double doses.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw out medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Pregnancy/Nursing Precautions
If you are, or plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits versus the risks of taking this medication during pregnancy. It is not known whether Cetirizine is excreted into breast milk. It is advised that you do not breast feed while taking this medication. BR>
Valerian and kava kava, herbal supplements used for calming effects, may cause additive drowsiness. Taking this medication with St. John's Wort may cause increased sensitivity of your skin to sunlight (photosensitivity). When you are out in the sun, use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing.