is an effective antihistamine that treats the common symptoms of allergies
that usually affect the eyes and nose
. Aside from allergies, Cetirizina is also an effective treatment for hay fever
, and even Kimuras disease.
Before taking Cetirizina, talk to your doctor about any health conditions that could create an undesired reaction with the medication. First, your doctor must know whether you have an allergy
to Cetirizina or any of its components. Next is your health. If you have had kidney failure
or a liver
disorder, your doctor may need to adjust the dosage or you may need to undergo special monitoring while taking this medication. Although Cetirizina has not been found to have any harmful effects to an unborn baby, your pregnancy must also be discussed. This is the same with mothers who are breastfeeding. Cetirizina can be excreted in the breast
milk. You must tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding before you begin taking this medication. Special precaution must also be taken for adults age 65 and above. When you become old, your body's low resistance may increase your risks to experience a harsher version of the side effects. Thus, the doctor would make the necessary dosage adjustments applicable to your case.
Once proper dosage is determined, you must follow it strictly to benefit from the healing effects of Cetirizina. Cetirizina comes in chewable, liquid suspension, and tablet form. It is taken orally by mouth
. The chewables must be chewed completely before swallowing
. The liquid suspension must be shaken thoroughly and measured in an accurate dosage-measuring device. Do not use a regular tablespoon. A measuring cup is far more accurate. Take the tablet form with a glass of water. Swallow the tablet in full. Crushing it will make its bitter taste even more challenging to take so it is better to swallow the tablet whole. Cetirizina is safe to take on an empty stomach
. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you may continue with your normal diet.
Follow the dosing schedule as prescribed by your doctor. While taking Cetirizina, you may have bouts with drowsiness or dizziness
. If your symptoms become more serious or come with breathing difficulty and skin rashes, talk to your doctor immediately.
Be cautious when performing physically challenging activities while undergoing Cetirizina treatment. Your efficiency in operating a machine or driving may be affected by the drowsiness caused by Cetirizina. It is best to discontinue such activities for the duration of your treatment. Also, do not consume alcohol while taking Cetirizina. Alcohol may increase the side effects the same way some medicaments do. Talk to your doctor about prescription and non-prescription medicaments you are taking to ensure your safety.
Like other medicines, Cetirizina is best kept out of reach of young children. Store it in a place away from heat or moisture. Do not share your prescription with others and use it only for the indication it was prescribed for. A different condition would need a different diagnosis for an accurate prescription. Take your doctor's advice seriously. If you are not comfortable using Cetirizina, have yourself closely monitored by your doctor during treatment to check your progress.
Cetirizina has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of cetirizina is C21H25ClN2O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[2-[4-[(4-chlorophenyl)-phenyl-methyl]piperazin-1-yl]ethoxy]acetic acid
• Molecular weight is 388.888 g/mol
• Cetirizina available : 10mg tablets