Cetirizine review

Cetirizine is an effective antihistamine. It treats the common symptoms of allergies that usually affect the eyes and the nose. Aside from allergies, Cetirizine can also be effective treatment for hay fever, urticaria, angioedema, and even Kimura’s disease.

Before taking Cetirizine, make sure that you have talked to your doctor about any of your health conditions that could create an unwanted reaction against the drug. First of all, your doctor must know whether you have allergy to Cetirizine or to any of its components. The next thing to consider is your health condition. If you have had kidney failures and liver disorders, your doctor may need to adjust your dosage or make you undergo a special monitoring while using the treatment. Although Cetirizine is not found to have any harmful effects to an unborn baby, your pregnancy must also be discussed. This is the same way with lactating mothers. Like other medicines, Cetirizine can be excreted in the breast milk. You must tell your doctor that you are breast feeding before you receive prescription of this drug. Special precaution must also be taken for adults aged 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 Cetirizine. Cetirizine 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 measure in an accurate dose-measuring device. Do not use a regular tablespoon. A measuring cup is far more accurate. Taking the tablet form must be 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 altogether. Cetirizine is safe to take in 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 Cetirizine, you may have bouts with drowsiness or dizziness. If your symptoms become more serious or come with breathing difficulty and skin rashes, talk to you doctor immediately.

Be cautious when performing physically challenging activities while under Cetirizine treatment. Your efficiency in operating a machine or driving may be affected by the drowsiness caused by Cetirizine. If you could, do away without such activities for the duration of your treatment. Also, stop taking alcohol while using Cetirizine as a treatment. Alcohol may increase the side effects the same way some drugs do. Talk to your doctor about prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking to ensure your safety.

Like other medicines, Cetirizine is best kept out of reach of young children. Store it in a place away from heat or moisture. Do not share your doctor’s 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 to be carried out. Take your doctor’s advice seriously. If you are not comfortable using Cetirizine, have yourself closely monitored by your doctor during treatment to check your progress.

Cetirizine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cetirizine

• Molecular formula of cetirizine 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
Cetirizine available : 10mg tablets

Brand name(s): Alerlisin, Cetirizina, Cetirizinum, Cetrizin, Cetryn, Formistin, Reactine, Setir, Virlix, Ziptek, Zirtek, Zyrlex, Zyrtec

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