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What is the difference between Cetirizine HCI and Cetirizine HCL?

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Stephen Treloar 13 Feb 2015

They are exactly the same, writing HCL instead of HCL is strangely lazy. In both, the H stands for Hydrogen and the Cl is chlorine.
Many medications use acid as a base; hydrochloric acid, sulphates, citrate and tartrates from memory

Stephen Treloar 13 Feb 2015

HCL instead of HCl apologies

samanthaaa6969 13 Feb 2015

Thank you very much for answering me. I have regular allergy symptoms every day (ex. runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, ect.). I normally buy a low dose off brand version of Benadryl a couple times a day. Every once in a while I break out in hives that are caused by an unknown (according to my doctors) allergic reaction. It starts as a few tiny bumps but can get as bad as putting me into the hospital (again). So I was getting prescribed Citrizine 10 mg tablets for when I would break out in the hives. So the antihistamines I take for the sniffles are the same as for my hives?

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