Need more info about the generic availability of Zyrtec. Thanks.
5 Jul 2010
May I suggest you go to this site:
It is a goverment web site about this drug. It tells you just about everything you want to know about the Cetirizine.
6 Jul 2010
Yes, generics of Zyrtec (cetirizine) are available now.
Zyrtec is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
Zyrtec is used to prevent or treat symptoms of hay fever and to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or runny nose. It is also used to treat itching and swelling caused by chronic urticaria (hives).
The following companies make generic cetirizine in United States now:
BANNER PHARMACAPS, CONTRACT PHARMA, MYLAN, RANBAXY, CARACO, UNIQUE PHARM LABS, SANDOZ, TARO, APOTEX INC, PERRIGO R AND D, DR REDDYS LABS LTD, WOCKHARDT, ACTAVIS ELIZABETH, UNICHEM, AMNEAL PHARMS, ORCHID HLTHCARE, CADISTA PHARMS, TORRENT PHARMS LLC., AUROBINDO PHARMA, CYPRESS PHARM, ACTAVIS.
(Some of the company names are in short form).
19 Jul 2010
Yes, generic versions of Zyrtec are available. The patent for Zyrtec expired in 2007.
Zyrtec (cetirizine hydrochloride) is a nonprescription antihistamine. It is used to prevent or treat symptoms of hay fever and to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or runny nose. It is also used to treat itching and swelling caused by chronic urticaria (hives).
Generic Zyrtec is made by many different manufacturers including
Caraco Pharmaceutical Labs
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc.
Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Generic Zyrtec comes in the following strengths and forms:
Cetirizine 5 mg tablets
Cetirizine 10 mg tablets
Children's cetirizine 5 mg chewable tablets
Children's cetirizine 10 mg chewable tablets
Children's cetirizine syrup, 1 mg per mL (5 mg per teaspoonful).
Not all of the generic Zyrtec products have been called their usual "generic" name, "Cetirizine". You can check if a product contains generic Zyrtec by looking for "cetirizine hydrochloride" in the active ingredients section of the package label.
Because non prescription products are regulated differently to prescription medicines FDA equivalence ratings are not assigned to generic Zyrtec products. Therefore, it is difficult to say with certainty that a "generic" non prescription medication is completely equivalent to the brand-name product.
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