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DR. REDDYS HISTEASE ALLERGY RELIEF 10MG TABLETS

Active substance(s): CETIRIZINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Allergy & Hayfever Relief 10mg Tablets
Read all this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine,
referred to as Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets in this leaflet,
because it contains important information for you.

Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse after a
few days.

What is in this leaflet:
1. What Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets
3. How to take Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets are and what they are
used for
The active ingredient (which makes this medicine work) is called cetirizine
hydrochloride, which belongs to a family of medicines called antihistamines.
Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets are used to treat people who have hay fever
(seasonal allergic rhinitis), year round allergies such as dust or pet allergies
(perennial allergic rhinitis) and urticaria (swelling, redness and itchiness of the skin).
Antihistamines like Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets relieve the unpleasant
symptoms and discomfort associated with these conditions, such as sneezing,
irritated, runny and blocked up nose, itchy, red and watering eyes and skin rashes.

2. What you need to know before you take Allergy & Hayfever
Relief Tablets
Do not take Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets if you;


are allergic to cetirizine hydrochloride or to any of the ingredients
listed in section 6, to hydroxyzine or to any piperazine derivatives (closely
related active substances of other medicines)
• suffer from severe kidney failure (creatinine clearance less than 10ml/min)
• have problems of urinary retention
• you are breast-feeding
If any of the above applies to you talk to your pharmacist.

Warnings and precautions:





If you have liver or kidney problems please ask your pharmacist for advice.
If you have predisposition factors of urinary retention (eg: spinal cord lesion,
prostatic hyperplasia) as cetirizine increases the risk of urinary retention.
If you suffer from epilepsy or are at risk of convulsions, you should ask your
pharmacist for advice.

Children and Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets
The use of this medicine is not recommended in children aged less than 6 years since
this formulation does not allow for appropriate dose adaptation.

Other medicines and Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets

Please tell your doctor or a pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any
other medicines, including any bought without a prescription.

Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets with food and drink and alcohol
Food does not affect absorption of this medicine.
Avoid alcohol while you are taking this medicine.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant ask your pharmacist for advice
before taking Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets.
Do not take these tablets if you are breast-feeding.

Allergy Testing

If you are due to have an allergy test, ask your doctor if you should stop taking
Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets for several days before testing. This medicine may
affect your allergy test results.

Driving and using machines

Some people have reported that they feel drowsy or dizzy while they are taking Allergy
& Hayfever Relief Tablets. If you are affected do not drive or use machines.

Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets contain lactose

This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking these tablets.

3. How to take Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets
Remember. Take the tablet with a glass of water. Do not take more than one tablet
each day. If you do not feel better within a few days, consult your doctor.
Children aged 6 to 12 years: Half a tablet twice a day.
Adults and children aged 12 years and over: Take one tablet daily. If you have
kidney problems (or liver and kidney problems together) please ask your doctor for
advice: you may need to take a lower dose. The new dose will be determined by your
doctor.
Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets are not suitable for children under 6.

If you take more than you should

If you accidentally take too much medicine, contact your doctor or nearest casualty
department at once.

If you forget to take a tablet

If you forget to take a tablet, you should take one as soon as you remember, but
wait at least 24 hours before taking your next tablet.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
The following side effects are very rare , but you must stop taking the
tablets and speak to your doctor straight away if you notice these
symptoms:
• A severe allergic reaction including rash, itchiness and fever, swollen throat,
face, eyelids or lips. This reaction may start soon after you first take the
medicine or it might start later.
• bruising or bleeding more easily than normal.
• convulsions or fits.
The following side effects have also been reported.
Common side effects (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• Tiredness, feeling sleepy
• Pain in the abdomen
• Headache
• Dizziness
• Dry mouth
• Sore throat
• Nausea
• Cold like symptoms of the nose (children
only)
• Diarrhoea (children only)
Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
• Itching and rash
• Tingling in the hands and feet
• Diarrhoea
• Feeling agitated.
• Feeling weak or generally
unwell
Rare side effects (affects less than 1 in 1000 people)
• Fast heart beat
• Oedema (generalised swelling due to water retention)
• Abnormal liver function test results (your doctor will know what to do)
• Increased weight
• Aggression, confusion, depression, hallucination (hearing or seeing things),
sleepiness
• Urticaria (hives).
Very rare side effects (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• Blurred vision, difficulty focussing
• Rotation of the eye
• Bad taste in the mouth
• Tremor, tics
• Involuntary movements and/or jerking of the limbs
• Muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders
• Swelling of the skin particularly around the face
• Fainting
• A recurring rash
• Bed wetting, pain and/or difficulty passing water.
Not known side effects

Increased appetite

Vertigo

Urinary retention

Memory loss and/or impairment.
In very rare cases people have thought about committing suicide and if you feel this
way then stop taking the tablets 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: http://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this
medicine.

5. How to store Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not take the tablets
after the expiry date, which is stated on the blister and carton. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month. Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer
use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets contain
Each tablet contains 10mg of cetirizine hydrochloride (the active ingredient). They
also contain: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, maize starch, colloidal anhydrous
silica, magnesium stearate, talc, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol
4000 and sodium citrate.
What Allergy & Hayfever Relief Tablets look like
The tablets are white circular bi-convex, film-coated tablets marked C on one side
and a breakline on the other.
Available in cartons containing 7, 14 and 30 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be
marketed.
Marketing authorisation holder
and manufacturer
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories(UK) Ltd
6 Riverview Road, Beverley East,
Yorkshire. HU17 0LD

Revision date November 2014
Allergy & Hayfever Relief 10mg
Tablets PL 08553/0194
© Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (UK)Ltd

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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