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Cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets

Pronunciation

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

Cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets are 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.

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

Do NOT use cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets if:

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

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

Before using cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with cetirizine 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 cetirizine 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 cetirizine 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 cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets:

Use cetirizine 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 cetirizine 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. Cetirizine 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 cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets may cause drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets.
  • Check with your doctor before you use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets for a few days before the tests.
  • Use cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially drowsiness.
  • Caution is advised when using cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets while you are pregnant. Cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets.

Possible side effects of cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets:

Store cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets are 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 cetirizine 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 cetirizine 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 cetirizine 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 cetirizine orally disintegrating tablets.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

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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