Zyrtec: for reducing of allergic symptoms

Zyrtec is an antihistamine medication which is used for reducing of allergic symptoms.

Zyrtec Uses

It works by preventing development of allergy and relieves the symptoms of allergy such as itching, swelling, hard breathing etc.

Brand(s): ZYRTEC®, Zyrtec-D

Manufacturer: UCB

Clinico-pharmacological group:

Antihistamine preparation

Composition, structure and packing:

Tablets, white, chewable

Basic ingredient:

5-10 mg cetirizine hydrochloride

Other ingredients:

artificial grape aroma, talc, sodium, carmine

The composition of the coating film:

Glycerin, sugar, water, talc

Basic ingredient:

5-10 mg cetirizine hydrochloride


You can take Zyrtec without food. Consult with your specialist before taking the medicine to prevent yourself from overdose or occurring side effect. Wrong using of Zyrtec might lead to complication of the decease. The start dose for children 12 years and more is 5 or 10 mg a day. The dose for children from 6 to 11 years is the same. For patients with liver or kidney problems the dose usually is 5 mg a day. The dose for 5 to 10-year-old children is 2, 5-5 mg.

In all of the cases the dose must be carefully measured by the doctor. The dose may be changed during the treatment according to the symptoms and results of the therapy. Do not stop the therapy earlier than it ise prescribed even if you think your state is better. In case you forget to take the tablet in time, do it as soon as you recall it. Do not use extra doses to better the effect as it may cause more serious negative consequence.


Even though over dosage of Zyrtec is not fatal, signs of overdose can combine dizziness, fatigue, nervous state, drowsiness. If you suspect over dosage seek for qualified medical help immediately.

Side effects

Side effects may occur in case there have been done something incorrect during the treatment or due to the individual hypersensitivity of the patient. That is why it is necessary for the specialist to examine the medical history carefully to find out whether you have any problems with livers or kidneys. Most reactions for the preparation were slight or mild and did not lead to any lethal or severe effects. If the side effects appear they might include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dryness of the mucous membranes
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Sickness
  • Nervousness

Most of the negative reactions were found among patients from 3 to 12 years old. Others were common among placebo patients. Some of the reactions could be caused by other reasons not connected with taking Zyrtec.

Indications for use

Different types of allergy such as season or irregular allergies which appear suddenly. It can be also prescribed as a precaution or combined with other medications for treating other deceases which are suspected to be caused by allergy. Usually it is not prescribed to treat severe consequences of allergy such as angioedema.


Before prescribing the preparation the medical history of the patient should be examined. Perhaps you will need to take some laboratory tests if you have or have had liver or kidneys problems before. Tell your doctor about other medications and eating products you consume to make sure the therapy will not cause any harm to you. In addition, it is usually not directed to pregnant women and patients of old age. Warn the doctor if you are breast feeding. Consult the specialist for more information.

Where to buy?

Zyrtec is appropriate in the pharmacy, or you can order it online without any prescription. Using discount cards may make it cheaper. You may consult the pharmacist for the prices or delivery.