Generic Zyrtec is used to treat the symptoms of allergies such as sneezing, runny nose, itching, tearing, and redness of the eyes, and hives. It blocks the actions of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in the body as Cetirizine, the active constituent of this medication, is an antihistamine. This anti-allergic medicine only treats the symptoms of allergic but it can not prevent the allergies. It is used to treat the allergic rhinitis, angioedema, and chronic urticaria (hives). This drug is useful in treatment of the allergies caused by pollens that are released during the blooming season of plants and trees.
Generic Zyrtec should be used exactly as directed by doctor, or follow the directions that accompany the package. It is prescribed as the dosage of 5 mg to 10 mg at the initial stage depending on the severity of the infection. The dose is taken once in a day. It is recommended to fix the timing in a day when you will take the dosage. If you don't get the relief from the recommended dosage, don't increase the dosage of this medication on your own. Please consult doctor before you plan to increase dose.
Serious side effects of generic Zyrtec results into swollen lips or face, problems in breathing, irregular or uneven heartbeat, sores in mouth or nose, fever or chills, or shivering of hands and drowsiness. If you notice any of these side effects please get immediate medical attention.
Other side effects that are noted are headache, tremor, nervousness, and anxiety. These side effects are temporary and they ebb away as your body gets accustomed with the dose of this medication.
Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history.
When on scheduled dosage of generic Zyrtec visit your doctor regularly so that he can have idea of proper recovery of from the symptoms of allergic reactions. Your doctor will want to make sure that medication is working properly and to check for unwanted effects.
When taking dosage of this medication, make sure your doctor knows if you are taking large amounts of aspirin at the same time (as for arthritis or rheumatism).
This medicine has tendency to react soon to alcohol and other CNS depressants. Check with your doctor before taking this drug along with CNS depressants.
It may sometimes cause few people to become drowsy or less alert than they are normally. Make sure you know how you react to the this medication dose you are taking before you drive, use machines, or do any activity that requires you to be alert.
It may cause dryness of the mouth, nose, and throat. However, if your mouth continues to feel dry for more than 2 weeks due to intake of this medication, check with your doctor.
Patients using dimenhydrinate, diphenhydramine, or hydroxyzine: This medication controls nausea and vomiting. For this reason, it may cover up the signs of overdose caused by other medicines or the symptoms of appendicitis. Make sure your doctor knows that you are taking this medicine along with generic Zyrtec.
For patients using diphenhydramine or doxylamine as a sleeping aid: If you are already taking a sedative or tranquilizer, do not take this medication without consulting your doctor first.
This medication is pregnancy category B drug. It means that it will not harm the unborn baby. Please remember to take advice from your doctor if you want to use this drug during pregnancy. Also, contact doctor immediately if you get pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking this anti-allergic medication. For breast-feeding women the intake is not advisable. Discuss with your doctor if you want to use this medication while you are breast-feeding the baby.
This medication should not be given in pregnancy, but can only be taken in case directed by doctor.
Whether this medication passes through milk or not is unknown so breast-feeding women should consult doctor before starting the dosage of this medication.
Drugs like pain relievers, anxiety medicines, muscle relaxants, and antihistamines reduce the effect of generic Zyrtec, so please inform your doctor about this, he may suggest you some dose adjustment
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.Generic Zyrtec over dose may result into restlessness and irritability. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not use this medication in excess to make up for a missed one. Avoid missing the dosage of this anti-allergy drug on regular basis because this may lead in the delay in the treatment
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture