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Generic Zyrtec

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Generic Zyrtec

  • Active Ingredient: cetirizine
  • Expiry Date: 10/06/2020
  • Average Delivery Time: 10 days
  • Availibility: In Stock
  • Strength: 100 mg

Generic Zyrtec 100mg To Overcome Allergies

Generic Zyrtec is an anti-histaminic medication which is generic version of the brand Zyrtec used in common and mild-to-moderate allergies. It is a strong second-generation antihistamine used to treat hay fever, allergies, angioedema, and urticaria. As per the FDA, it is indicated for the following:

Seasonal allergic rhinitis

Generic Zyrtec is indicated for the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) in adults and children aged 1-12 years. Symptoms treated effectively include sneezing, rhinorrhea, post-nasal discharge, nasal pruritus, ocular pruritus and tearing and redness of the eyes.

Perennial allergic rhinitis

Generic Zyrtec is indicated for the respite of symptoms related to perennial allergic rhinitis in adults and children of age 1-12 years. Symptoms treated effectively include sneezing, rhinorrhea, post-nasal discharge, nasal pruritus, ocular pruritus and tearing.

Chronic idiopathic urticaria

Generic Zyrtec is indicated for the treatment of the uncomplicated skin manifestations of chronic idiopathic urticaria in adults and children aged 1-12 years. It significantly reduces the incidence, harshness and period of hives and evidently reduces pruritus.

NOTE: If using other antihistamines, medical advice should be sought about the likelihood that urticaria is associated with consumption of some foods.

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Generic Zyrtec Information

  • Active Compound
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  • Precautions
  • Common Side Effects
  • Severe Side Effects
  • Additional Info

Generic Zyrtec, like its brand version, contain Cetirizine as the active element which is a specific blocker of the peripheral H1 receptors. It does not allow histamine, a biochemical involved in the allergic reactions, to exhibit its actions in the body. Second-generation antihistamines including cetirizine does not considerably cross the brain and thus have negligible effects on the central nervous system vs.first-generation drugs. These are less expected to cause drowsiness or memory loss.

Generic Zyrtec can be taken without food and available as 5 mg and 10 mg tablets to be swallowed as whole with a glass of water

Usual Adult Dose for Allergic Rhinitis

5 to 10 mg orally or chewed once a day

Usual Adult Dose for Urticaria

5 to 10 mg orally or chewed once a day

Usual Pediatric Dose for Allergic Rhinitis

  • 6 months to 2 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day, 12 months and older may be increased to 2.5 mg orally twice a day.
  • 2 to 5 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day, may be augmented to 5 mg/day in 1 to 2 divided doses.
  • 6 years or older: 5 to 10 mg orally or chewed once a day.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Urticaria

  • 6 months to 2 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day, 12 months and older may be increased to 2.5 mg orally twice a day .
  • 2 to 5 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day, may be increased to 5 mg/day in 1 to 2 divided doses.
  • 6 years or older: 5 to 10 mg orally or chewed once a day.Dose Adjustment for Renal and Hepatic Impairment.

Dose adjustment may be required in patients with impaired kidney and renal function.In children below the age of 6 years with impaired kidney or liver function, using Generic Zyrtec is not recommended.In elderly patients, a dose of 5 mg once daily is recommended.

Activities demanding mental alertness

Some patients may experience a degree of drowsiness with cetirizine. Hence, caution should be taken when driving a car or operating potentially dangerous machinery.

Patients with Epilepsy

USE WITH CAUTION in epilepsy patients; especially in children with epilepsy as CNS stimulation may occur with antihistamines.

Use in pregnancy

Classified as pregnancy Category B2 and hence, cetirizine should be used in pregnancy only if the predictable benefits evidently overshadow potential risks to mother and fetus.

Use in lactation

Use of cetirizine in breastfeeding mothers is not recommended.

Use in Children

Cetirizine is not recommended for use in children under 12 months of age.

Use in the Elderly

In elderly patients with moderate kidney impairment, a starting dose of 5 mg/day is recommended.

Not to be used if-

Generic Zyrtec (cetirizine hydrochloride) is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients of the Generic Zyrtec formulations or in patients with severe kidney impairment.

  • Somnolence
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Pharyngitis
  • Insomnia
  • Dyspepsia
  • Pruritus

Discontinue and rush to a doctor in case of:

  • Increased appetite, anorexia, flushing, increased sweating.
  • Palpitations/tachycardia.
  • Earache, epistaxis, altered sense of taste, tinnitus, tongue disorder.
  • Eye abnormality, periorbital edema, abnormal vision, eye pain, conjunctivitis.
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, flatulence.
  • Polyuria, urinary retention, urinary tract infection.
  • Back pain, myalgia, arthralgia, bone disorder (fracture), leg cramps.
  • Nervousness, impaired concentration, confusion, paresthesia, asthenia, hypertonia, tremor.
  • Respiratory disorder, coughing, bronchospasm, upper respiratory tract infection, dyspnea.
  • Weight increase (see comment below), fever, edema, chest pain, pain, rigors, dysmenorrhea, thirst, decreased libido.

Which drugs cannot be taken with the drug?

Generic Zyrtec intake with other sleep inducing drugs can worsen drowsiness. Consult the doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic medication, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

What should be done in case of Overdose?

In case of accidental or intentional overdose, treatment should be symptomatic or supportive, taking into account any concurrently swallowed medicines. No specific antidote to cetirizine is yet known. Cetirizine cannot be effectively removed by dialysis. Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or nervous, and then feeling drowsy.

What if a dose is missed?

Take the missed dose as soon as you recollect. Missed dose should be skipped if time for next scheduled dose is close. Extra medicine consumption to make up the missed dose should be avoided.

 

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