Cetrizet

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Generic Name: Cetrizet Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL) used for?

Cetirizine is an antihistamine that it is also used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Cetirizine is also used to treat itching and swelling caused by hives.

Cetirizine may also be used for other purposes; ask your doctor for more information.

How should I take Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL)?

To take this drug:

  • Take this product by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package.
  • If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How do I store Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL)?

Cetrizet® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Cetrizet® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Cetrizet® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Cetrizet® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL)?

Before using Cetrizet®, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction to excipients using for dosage form containing Cetrizet
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Using any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with
  • Driving and use machines.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Pregnancy

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Cetrizet® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Cetrizet®. Cetrizet® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Breastfeeding

You should not take cetirizine during breastfeeding because cetirizine passes into breast milk.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of allergic reactions such as hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using cetirizine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat
  • Weakness
  • Tremors (uncontrolled shaking)
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Severe restless feeling
  • Hyperactivity
  • Confusion
  • Problems with vision
  • Urinating less than usual or not at all

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Tired feeling
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Headache

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL)?

Cetrizet® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, including:

Does food or alcohol interact with Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL)?

Cetrizet® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL)?

Cetrizet® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL).

What is the dose of Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL) for an adult?

Allergic rhinitis

The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg orally or chewed once a day.

Urticaria

The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg orally or chewed once a day.

What is the dose of Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL) for a child?

Allergic rhinitis

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

Urticaria

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

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Cetrizet® (cetirizine HCL) available?

Cetrizet® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 10mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or nervous, and then feeling drowsy.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Cetrizet®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 21, 2017 | Last Modified: February 6, 2017

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