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Health Essentials Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets
(Cetirizine Hydrochloride)
Read this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine.
• This medicine is available without a
prescription, however you still need to
use Health Essentials Allergy Relief
10mg Tablets carefully to get the best
results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to
read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more
information or advice.
• You must contact your doctor if your
symptoms change, worsen or do not
1. What this medicine is for
2. Before you take the medicine
3. How to take the medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing the medicine
6. Further information
Health Essentials Allergy Relief 10mg
Tablets contain cetirizine hydrochloride,
which belongs to a group of drugs called
antihistamines. These medicines help to
relieve the symptoms of some allergies.
This medicine is used to relieve:
• symptoms of hayfever and other
allergies such as sneezing, runny
nose and burning, itchy eyes
• symptoms of skin allergies such as
rash, itching or urticaria (hives).
This medicine can be taken by adults, and
children aged 6 years and over. Some
people should not take this medicine or
should talk to their pharmacist or doctor first.
Do not take if you:
• Are allergic (hypersensitive) to cetirizine
hydrochloride or any of the other
ingredients in the medicine, listed in
section 6.
• Have serious kidney problems
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before taking this medicine if you:
• Have epilepsy or are at risk of convulsions
• Have predisposition factor of urinary
retention (e.g. spinal cord lesion or
prostatic hyperplasia) as cetirizine
increases the risk of urinary retention.
Taking this medicine with food
and drink
• Avoid alcoholic drink while you are
taking this medicine.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
• Do not take if you are pregnant or
Driving and using machines
• Tests have shown that this medicine
does not cause drowsiness in the vast
majority of people using it. Therefore it
will not normally affect your ability to
drive or operate machinery. However
there may be very rare exceptions
and if you experience dizziness,
nausea or drowsiness, do not drive
or operate machinery.
Important information about some
of the ingredients in your medicine
• This product contains lactose. If you
have been told by your doctor that
you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicine.
Allergy Testing
• If you are due to have an allergy test,
ask your doctor if you should stop
taking Health Essentials Allergy Relief
10mg Tablets for several days before
testing. This medicine may affect your
allergy test results.
Taking other medicines
• Health Essentials Allergy Relief 10mg
Tablets are not expected to interact
with other medicines you may be
taking. However if you are unsure talk
to your pharmacist or doctor.
Adults and
Take 1 tablet
children aged 12 once a day
years and above
Children aged 6 Take half a tablet
to 12 years
twice a day
DO NOT GIVE to children under
the age of 6 years
If symptoms worsen or do not improve,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take too many tablets: Talk to a
doctor straight away, or go to your
nearest hospital casualty department.
Take the carton and this leaflet with you.
If you forget to take your medicine:
If you forget to take a tablet, take one
as soon as you remember, unless it is
Further information overleaf ➥

nearly time to take the next one, in
which case skip the missed dose.
Never take two doses together to
make up for a missed dose.
Like all medicines, Health Essentials
Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets can
sometimes have side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following,
stop taking this medicine and seek
immediate medical help:
• Sudden signs of allergy such as rash,
itching or hives on the skin, swelling
of the face, lips, tongue or other parts
of the body, shortness of breath,
wheezing or trouble breathing
• Bruising or bleeding more easily than
• Convulsions (fits)
• In some very rare cases people have
thought about committing suicide and
if you feel this way then stop taking
this medicine and see your doctor
If you experience any of the following,
stop taking this medicine and talk to
your doctor:
• Confusion
• Hallucinations
• Abnormal liver function tests
• Rapid heartbeat
• Loss of consciousness
Other effects which may occur include:
Common (affecting 1 in 100 to 1 in 10
• Headache or dizziness
• Drowsiness or tiredness
• Restlessness
• Dry mouth, sore throat
• Upset stomach, diarrhoea, nausea
• Runny nose
Uncommon (affecting 1 in 1000 to 1 in
100 people):
• Agitation
• Weakness
• Malaise
• Pins & needles
• Itching
• Rash
• Abdominal pain
Rarely (affecting 1 in 10,000 to 1 in
1000 people):
• Aggression, depression
• Weight gain
• Swelling
• Muscle spasm
• Insomnia
• Hives
Very Rarely (affecting less than 1 in
10,000 people):
• Taste disorder

• Blurred vision, eye movement disorder
• Difficult, painful or involuntary urination
• Tremors, tics
Not known side effects
• Increased appetite
• Vertigo (sensation of spinning or
whirling motion)
• Urinary retention (Difficulty passing water)
Some cases of memory loss and/or
impairment have also been reported.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of
this medicine
Do not use after the expiry date shown
on the pack. This product does not
require any special storage conditions.
Keep out of the sight and reach of
Medicines should not be disposed of via
waste water or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines
no longer required. These measures will
help protect the environment.
What is in this medicine:
The active ingredient is: Cetirizine
hydrochloride, 10 mg per tablet.
The other ingredients are: Lactose,
microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal
anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate,
hypromellose (E464), macrogol, titanium
dioxide (E171) and polydextrose.
What this medicine looks like and
contents of the pack:
Health Essentials Allergy Relief 10mg
Tablets are white to off white capsuleshaped tablets, with ‘C10’ on one side
and a deep breakline on the other. This
pack contains 7, 14, 30 or 60 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Galpharm Healthcare Ltd., Wrafton,
Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL,
United Kingdom.
Galpharm International Ltd., Elmhirst Park,
Middle Field Road, Barnsley, South
Yorkshire, S75 4LS, United Kingdom.
Text revised: June 2015.


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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