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BELLS HEALTHCARE ALLERGY RELIEF 10MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): CETIRIZINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
BELL’S HEALTHCARE ALLERGY RELIEF 10 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS
(cetirizine hydrochloride)
The name of this medicine is Bell’s Healthcare
Allergy Relief 10mg Film-Coated Tablets, which will
be referred to as Allergy Relief Tablets throughout
this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor
or your pharmacist.
• Do not pass this medicine on to others; it may
harm them, even if their symptoms are the
same as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in the
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet
1. What Allergy Relief Tablets are and what
they are used for
2. Before you take Allergy Relief Tablets
3. How to take Allergy Relief Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Allergy Relief Tablets
6. Further Information

1. WHAT ALLERGY RELIEF TABLETS ARE
AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
The active ingredient in your tablets is cetirizine
hydrochloride, which belongs to a group of
medicines called antihistamines. These are used to
relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis
(e.g. hay fever), perennial allergic rhinitis (e.g. year
round allergies often due to house dust mites or
animal allergies) and urticaria (itchy, red, swollen
skin). These symptoms include itchy skin rashes;
sneezing; itchy, runny or blocked nose; red, itchy
and watering eyes.

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE ALLERGY RELIEF
TABLETS
Do not take Allergy Relief Tablets if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to cetirizine
hydochloride, hydroxyzine, piperazine derivatives
or any of the other ingredients in Allergy Relief
Tablets (these are listed in section 6, Further
Information)
• have a severe kidney disease (severe renal
failure with creatine clearance below 10/ml/min)
• have hereditary problems of galactose
intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency or
glucose- galactose malabsorption
Take special care with Allergy Relief Tablets
If you are a patient with renal insufficiency, please
ask your doctor for advice; if necessary, you will
take a lower dose. The new dose will be determined
by your doctor. If you are an epileptic patient or a
patient at risk of convulsions, you should ask your
doctor for advice.
No interactions susceptible to have a noticeable
impact have been observed between alcohol (at the
blood level of 0.5 per ml corresponding to one glass
of wine) and cetirizine used at the normal doses.
However, as is the case with all antihistamines, it
is recommended to avoid concurrent consumption
of alcohol.
Allergy Relief Tablets can affect the results of allergy
skin tests. If you require an allergy test you should

stop taking Allergy Relief Tablets three days before
you have the tests.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have
recently taken any of the following medicines, as
they may decrease or increase the effect of Allergy
Relief Tablets and vice versa.
• medication for anxiety or stress (CNS
depressants)
It may still be alright for you to take Allergy Relief
Tablets and your doctor will be able to decide what
is suitable for you. Please tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.
Taking your medicine with food and drink
Allergy Relief Tablets can be taken with or without
food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think you might
be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant.
As with other drugs, the use of Allergy Relief
Tablets should be avoided in pregnant women.
Accidental use of the drug by a pregnant woman
should not produce any harmful effects on the
foetus. Nevertheless, the administration of the
medicine should be discontinued.
You should not take Allergy Relief Tablets during
breast-feeding because cetirizine passes
into breast milk. Ask your doctor or pharmacist
for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Clinical studies have produced no evidence of
impaired attention, alertness and driving
capabilities after taking Allergy Relief Tablets at the
recommended dose. If you are intending to drive,
engage in potentially hazardous activities or operate
machinery, you should not exceed the
recommended dose. You should closely observe
your response to the drug. If you are a sensitive
patient, you may find that the simultaneous use
of alcohol or other nervous depressant agents
may additionally affect your attention and ability
to react.
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Allergy Relief Tablets
This product contains lactose. If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance
to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking
this medicinal product.

3. HOW TO TAKE ALLERGY RELIEF TABLETS
Always take Allergy Relief Tablets exactly
as your doctor or pharmacist has told you to do
so. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Dosage
The usual dosage is:
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years:
Take one tablet (10 mg) once daily.
Children aged 6-12 years: Take half a tablet
(5 mg) twice daily (morning and evening).
Children weighing less than 30 kg: Half a tablet
(5 mg) should be taken once daily.
Patients with moderate to severe renal
impairment: Patients with moderate or severe

renal impairment are recommended to take 5 mg
once daily.
If drowsiness occurs, your tablet can be taken in
the evening
Method of administration: For oral use.
If you take more Allergy Relief Tablets
than you should
If you have accidentally taken more than the
recommended dose, contact your nearest hospital
casualty department or tell your doctor or
pharmacist immediately. Remember to take the
pack and any remaining tablets with you.
The most common signs and symptoms of
overdose may include feeling unwell, confused,
restless, shaky, dizzy, tired or very sleepy. You may
also notice a rapid heartbeat, having dilated pupils
or blurred vision, and experience headache, itching,
diarrhoea, or difficulty urinating.
If you forget to take Allergy Relief Tablets
If you have forgotten to take your tablet, take it as
soon as you remember and then wait 24 hours
before taking your next dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking the medicine and seek immediate
medical help if you experience:
• Sudden signs of an allergic reaction such as
developing a rash, swelling of the mouth or face
or difficulty breathing.
• Bruising or bleeding more easily than normal
• Convulsions or fits
• Loss of consciousness.
Stop taking the medicine and tell your doctor if
you experience:
Confusion, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, abnormal
liver function tests.
The following side effects have also been reported:
Uncommon side effects (≥ 1/1,000 to 1/100)
• Agitation
• Diarrhoea
• Paraesthesia (feeling of pins and needles)
• Rash, itching
• Feelings of weakness and/or extreme tiredness,
feeling unwell.
Rare side effects (≥ 1/10,000 to 1/1,000)
• Allergic reactions, some severe (very rare)
• Feelings of aggression, depression
• Difficulty in sleeping
• Abnormal eye movements
• Oedema (swelling of the feet or ankles)
• Hives (urticaria)
• Unusual weight gain
Very rare side effects (1/10,000)
• Tics, shaking
• Distorted sense of taste
• Fainting
• Blurred vision, eyes having uncontrolled
circular movements (oculogyration)

• Severe blistering skin rash
• Difficult and/ or painful urination
• Loss of urinary control
• Movement disorders
At a very low frequency that cannot be
estimated:
Increased appetite, memory loss, feeling of
dizziness. In very rare cases people have had
suicidal thoughts when taking this medication. If
you experience these stop taking the medicine and
see your doctor.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. HOW TO STORE ALLERGY RELIEF
TABLETS
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date
(Exp.) stated. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month. This medicinal product does not
require any special storage conditions.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the
environment.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Allergy Relief Tablets contain:
The active ingredient is cetirizine hydrochloride.
Each film-coated tablet contains 10 mg of cetirizine
hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are: lactose monohydrate,
microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica,
maize starch, talc, magnesium stearate, titanium
dioxide (E171), hypromellose, macrogol, sodium
citrate
What Allergy Relief Tablets look like and the
contents of the pack:
Allergy Relief Tablets are white coloured, circular,
biconvex film coated tablets. They are marked with
“A” on one side, and a break-line on the other.
Your medicine is available in packs containing 7, 10,
14, 28, 30, 60 and 100 tablets*.
*
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder / Manufacturer:
Relonchem Limited, Cheshire House, Gorsey Lane,
Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0RP, UK.
This leaflet was revised in February 2015.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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