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• You are allergic to any of the other ingredients of Zirtek Allergy Solution (see section 6)
• You are breast-feeding
• You have severe kidney failure (creatinine clearance less than 10 ml/min).
Allergy Relief for Children 1 mg/ml Oral Solution If any of the above applies to you talk to your pharmacist.

Cetirizine dihydrochloride
Patient Information Leaflet

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
• This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to take it carefully
to get the best results.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after a few days.
• In this leaflet Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children 1 mg/ml Oral Solution will be called Zirtek
Allergy Relief for Children
In this leaflet:
1. What Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children is for
2. Before you take Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children
3. How to take Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children
6. Further information.
1. What Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children is for
Cetirizine dihydrochloride, the active ingredient of the solution is an antihistamine. It blocks
the effects of a substance called histamine which occurs naturally in the body. Histamine
is involved in allergic reactions.

Check with your pharmacist before taking Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children if:
• You have problems with your kidneys
• You suffer from epilepsy or are at risk of convulsions.
Taking Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children with food and drink
Avoid alcoholic drink while you are taking this medicine.
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant ask your pharmacist for advice before
taking Zirtek Allergy Solution.
Allergy Testing
If you are due to have an allergy test, ask your doctor if you should stop taking Zirtek Allergy Relief
for Children for several days before testing. This medicine may affect your allergy test results.
Driving and using machines
Some people have reported that they feel drowsy or dizzy while they are taking Zirtek
Allergy Solution. If you are affected do not drive or use machines.
Warnings about some of the ingredients
• If you have been told that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicine because it contains sorbitol
• The suspension contains the preservatives methyl and propyl parahydroxybenzoate.
These can sometimes cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).

Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children is used to treat adults and children aged 6 and over who
have hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis), year round allergies such as dust or pet allergies 3. How to take Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children
(perennial allergic rhinitis) and urticaria (swelling, redness and itchiness of the skin).
Remember. Do not take more than 10 ml each day. If you do not feel better within a few
days, consult your doctor.
Antihistamines like Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children relieve the unpleasant symptoms and
discomfort associated with these conditions, such as sneezing, irritated, runny and blocked Children aged 6 to 12 years:
up nose, itchy, red and watering eyes and skin rashes.
Take one 5 ml spoonful in the morning and one in the evening.
2. Before you take Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children
Do not take Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children if:
• You are allergic to cetirizine dihydrochloride

Adults and adolescents over 12 years of age:
Take two 5 ml spoons (10ml) once a day.
Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children is not suitable for children under 6.

Very rare side effects (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• Blurred vision, difficulty focussing
• Rotation of the eyes
• Bad taste in the mouth
If you forget to take a dose
If you forget to take a dose, you should take one as soon as you remember, but wait at least • Fainting
• Bed wetting, pain and/or difficulty passing water
24 hours before taking the next dose.
• Unusual bleeding or bruising
• Tremor, tics
If you have any other questions about taking this medicine, ask your pharmacist.
• Involuntary movements and/or jerking of the limbs
• Muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children can cause side effects, although not • Swelling of the skin particularly around the face
• A recurring rash.
everybody gets them.
Some cases of memory loss and/or impairment have also been reported.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
The following side effect is very rare, but you must stop taking the medicine and
leaflet, please tell your pharmacist.
speak to your doctor straight away if you notice these symptoms:
• A severe allergic reaction including rash, itchiness and fever, swollen throat, face, eyelids
or lips. This reaction may start soon after you first take the medicine, or it might start later. 5. How to store Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not take the medicine after the expiry date on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last
The following side effects have also been reported.
day of that month. Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Common side effects (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
Return any medicine you no longer need to your pharmacist.
• Tiredness, feeling sleepy
• Pain in the abdomen
• Headache

• Dizziness
6. Further information
• Dry mouth

• Sore throat
• Nausea

• Cold-like symptoms of the nose (children only).
What Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children contains
• Diarrhoea (children only)
The solution contains 1 mg/ml of the active substance, cetirizine dihydrochloride.
The other ingredients are sorbitol solution (each 10 ml dose contains 3.15 g of glucose),
Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
glycerol, propylene glycol, saccharin sodium, methyl and propyl parahydroxybenzoate
• Itching and rash

• Tingling in the hands and feet
(E218 and E216), banana flavouring, sodium acetate, acetic acid and purified water.
• Diarrhoea

• Feeling agitated.
• Feeling weak or generally unwell
What Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children looks like
It is a clear, colourless solution with a banana flavour. It is supplied in amber glass bottles
Rare side effects (affects less than 1 in 1000 people)
containing 70 ml.
• Fast heart beat
• Oedema (generalised swelling due to water retention)
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
• Abnormal liver function test results (your doctor will know what to do)
UCB Pharma Ltd, 208 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3WE, United Kingdom
• Convulsions
• Increased weight
This leaflet was last updated March 2011
• Aggression, confusion, depression, hallucination (hearing or seeing things), sleeplessness If this leaflet is difficult to see or read or you would like it in a different format,
• Urticaria (hives).
please contact UCB Pharma Ltd, UK
If you take more Zirtek Allergy Relief for Children than you should
If you accidentally take too much go and see your doctor straightaway.


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