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What is Zyrtec?
Zyrtec is an antihistamine used to temporarily relieve symptoms of hay fever and allergic reactions. When in contact with allergens (dust, animal fur, insect bites, pollen or other substances) the body will produce a natural substance called histamine and cause allergic reactions. The medication blocks histamines and treats symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, itchy nose, watery eyes, hives and itchy skin. It cannot be used to prevent allergic reactions or treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).
How is Zyrtec used?
Zyrtec is usually taken orally once per day or as directed by a doctor. It can be taken with or without food but should be taken with plenty of water. Dosage usually depends on the patientís condition and the reaction to the medication, consult a doctor for the correct dosage.
Some patients taking Zyrtec have reported minor side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
Consult a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more serious side effects such as:
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Blurred vision
- Stomach pain
- Urinary retention
- Irregular heartbeat
Do not use the medication to treat hives that are of an unusual color, hives that look bruised or blistered or haves that do not itch. Contact a doctor if hives do not improve after 3 days of medication and if hives do not heal after 6 weeks.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Zyrtec is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.