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Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets

Pronunciation

Generic Name: cetirizine (se-TIR-i-zeen)
Brand Name: Zyrtec

Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets is used for:

Preventing or treating symptoms of hay fever and other upper respiratory allergies such as runny nose, sneezing, itching of the nose and throat, and itchy, watery eyes. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets is an antihistamine. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces the symptoms of allergies.

Do NOT use Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets or to hydroxyzine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney or liver problems, or are receiving dialysis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Perampanel or theophylline because they may increase the risk of Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets's side effects

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets:

Use Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Do not remove the blister unit from the carton until you are ready to take Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets. Make sure that your hands are dry when you open the blister unit. Do not push the tablet through the foil. Peel back the foil on the blister unit and place the tablet on your tongue. The tablet dissolves quickly and can be swallowed with saliva. Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets may be taken with or without water. Take the tablet immediately after opening the blister unit. Do not store the removed tablet for future use.
  • If you miss a dose of Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets may cause drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets.
  • Check with your doctor before you use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets for a few days before the tests.
  • Use Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially drowsiness.
  • Caution is advised when using Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially stomach pain and trouble sleeping.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets while you are pregnant. Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets.

Possible side effects of Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Drowsiness; dry mouth; stomach pain (in children); tiredness; trouble sleeping (in children).

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); persistent fatigue.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets:

Store Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Zyrtec orally disintegrating tablets.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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