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Levocetirizine Dosage

Applies to the following strength(s): 5 mg ; 0.5 mg/mL

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Usual Adult Dose for:

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Allergic Rhinitis

5 mg orally once a day in the evening

Comments:
-Some patients may be adequately controlled on 2.5 mg orally once a day in the evening.

Uses: For the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis; for the relief of symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis; and for the treatment of uncomplicated skin manifestations of chronic idiopathic urticaria

Usual Adult Dose for Urticaria

5 mg orally once a day in the evening

Comments:
-Some patients may be adequately controlled on 2.5 mg orally once a day in the evening.

Uses: For the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis; for the relief of symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis; and for the treatment of uncomplicated skin manifestations of chronic idiopathic urticaria

Usual Pediatric Dose for Allergic Rhinitis

Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis:
2 to 5 years: 1.25 mg orally once a day in the evening
6 to 11 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day in the evening
12 years or older: 5 mg orally once a day in the evening; some patients may be adequately controlled on 2.5 mg once a day

Perennial Allergic Rhinitis:
6 months to 5 years: 1.25 mg orally once a day in the evening
6 to 11 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day in the evening
12 years or older: 5 mg orally once a day in the evening; some patients may be adequately controlled on 2.5 mg once a day

Comments:
-The recommended doses in pediatric patients 6 months to 12 years should not be exceeded because the systemic exposure with 5 mg is about twice that of adults.

Uses: For the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis

Usual Pediatric Dose for Urticaria

6 months to 5 years: 1.25 mg orally once a day in the evening
6 to 11 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day in the evening
12 years or older: 5 mg orally once a day in the evening; some patients may be adequately controlled on 2.5 mg once a day

Comments:
-The recommended doses in pediatric patients 6 months to 12 years should not be exceeded because the systemic exposure with 5 mg is about twice that of adults.

Use: For the treatment of uncomplicated skin manifestations of chronic idiopathic urticaria

Renal Dose Adjustments

Pediatric patients 6 months to 11 years with impaired renal function: Contraindicated

Adults and children 12 years or older:
-Mild renal dysfunction (CrCl 50 to 80 mL/min): 2.5 mg orally once a day
-Moderate renal dysfunction (CrCl 30 to 50 mL/min): 2.5 mg orally once every other day
-Severe renal dysfunction (CrCl 10 to 30 mL/min): 2.5 mg orally twice a week (administered once every 3 to 4 days)
-End-stage renal disease (CrCl less than 10 mL/min): Contraindicated

Liver Dose Adjustments

No adjustment recommended.

Precautions

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 6 months.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Hemodialysis: Contraindicated
Peritoneal dialysis: Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-May be taken with or without food.
-The tablets are scored and may be broken if appropriate.

General:
-A dose of 5 mg (10 mL) oral solution is bioequivalent to a 5 mg oral tablet.

Patient advice:
-Avoid engaging in hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness, including operating heavy machinery or driving a motor vehicle following administration.
-Avoid exceeding the recommended daily dose as ingestion of higher than the recommended dose increases the risk for somnolence.
-Avoid concomitant use with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants.

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