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In the US, Cetirizine (cetirizine systemic) is a member of the drug class antihistamines and is used to treat Allergic Rhinitis and Urticaria.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Antiallergic agent

Histamine H₁-receptor antagonist (H₁-antihistaminic)

Chemical Name

Acetic acid, [2-[4-[(4-chlorophenyl)phenylmetyl]-1-piperazinyl]etoxy]-

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Cetirizine (OS: BAN)
  • Cétirizine (OS: DCF)
  • Cetirizine Hydrochloride (OS: BANM, USAN, JAN)
  • P 071 (IS)
  • Cetirizindihydrochlorid (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cétirizine (dichlorhydrate de) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cetirizine dihydrochloride (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cetirizine Hydrochloride (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, USP 38)
  • Cetirizini dihydrochloridum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

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