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Cetirizine hydrochloride
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 pharmacist.
• Do not pass this medicine on to others. It may
harm them, even if their symptoms are the
same as yours.

1 What Pollenshield Hayfever are and
what they are used for
2 Before you take
3 How to take
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store
6 Further information

1 What Pollenshield Hayfever are and what
they are used for

Pollenshield Hayfever contain cetirizine hydrochloride
which belongs to a group of medicines called
Pollenshield Hayfever may be used to relieve:
• long-term runny nose and watery eyes
• hayfever (runny and blocked-up nose, sneezing,
watery eyes)
• a skin reaction with pale or red irregular raised
patches and severe itching.

2 Before you take

Do not take Pollenshield Hayfever if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to cetirizine,
hydroxyzine, any piperazine derivatives or any of
the other ingredients in Pollenshield Hayfever (see
section 6).
• have severe kidney problems.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Pollenshield Hayfever if you:
• have epilepsy.
• have difficulty in passing water or any risk factors
associated with this.

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Taking other medicines
• Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
obtained with or without a prescription.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or
are breastfeeding, speak to your doctor before taking
any medicine.

Driving and using machines
Drinking alcohol or taking other medicines which slow
down the nervous system (CNS depressants) may
impair your performance and cause you to become
less alert. Make sure you are not affected before you
drive or operate machinery.

Sugar intolerance
If you have been told you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
medicine, as it contains a type of sugar called lactose.

3 How to take

Speak to your doctor before drinking alcohol with
Pollenshield Hayfever, alcohol may impair your
performance and cause you to become less alert.
Swallow the tablets with water.
Adults (including the elderly) and children aged 12
years old and over: One 10mg tablet a day.
Children aged 6 to 12 years old: Half a tablet (5mg)
twice a day.
Children aged under 6 years old: Not
Patients with impaired kidney function or having
If you have impaired kidney function or you are having
dialysis, your doctor will give you a lower dose.

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If you take more than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets at the
same time, or you think a child may have swallowed
any contact your nearest hospital casualty department
or tell your doctor immediately. Signs of an overdose
include confusion, diarrhoea, dizziness, tiredness,
headache, a feeling of general discomfort or illness,
abnormal dilation of the pupil of the eye, itching,
restlessness, sedation, sleepiness or drowsiness, near
unconsciousness with no apparent mental activity and
reduced ability to respond (stupor), fast heart beat,
involuntary shakiness (tremor), difficulty in passing
If you forget to take the tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose. If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as
you remember it and then take the next dose at the
right time.

4 Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Pollenshield Hayfever can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice signs
• an allergic reaction: swelling of the face, lips,
tongue or throat, narrowing of the airways causing
difficulty breathing or swallowing (anaphylactic
shock), rash, itching.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side
effects or notice any other effects not listed:
• Uncommon (occurs in less than 1 in 100 users):
diarrhoea, ‘pins and needles’ or tingling, agitation,
itching, rash, weakness or loss of strength, feeling of
general discomfort or illness.
• Rare (occurs in less than 1 in 1,000 users): fast
heart beat, fluid retention causing swelling, weight
increase, abnormal liver function (seen in tests),
fits or seizures, movement disorders, aggression,
confusion, depression, hallucination, difficulty
sleeping, pale or red irregular raised patches with
severe itching (hives).
• Very rare (occurs in less than 1 in 10,000 users):
reduction in platelets in the blood, impaired ability
of the eye to focus, blurred vision, abnormal eye
movements, taste disturbance, fainting or passing
out, painful or involuntary urination, involuntary
movements, tremors, muscle spasm.
• Not Known: increased appetite, loss of memory,
memory impairment, feeling of dizziness or spinning
(vertigo), difficulty passing water (urinary retention).

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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.
If you notice any side effects, they get worse, or if
you notice any not listed, please tell your doctor or

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:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5 How to store

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Store in the original package.
Do not use Pollenshield Hayfever after the expiry date
stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
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 Pollenshield Hayfever contain
• The active substance (the ingredient that makes the
tablets work) is cetirizine hydrochloride. Each tablet
contains 10mg of the active substance.
• The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose
(E460), lactose monohydrate, crospovidone, colloidal
anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, hypromellose
(E464), macrogol stearate, propylene glycol, titanium
dioxide (E171).
What Pollenshield Hayfever look like and contents
of the pack
Pollenshield Hayfever are film-coated, white or almost
white convex, elliptical tablets.
Pack size is 30.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in June 2014.

Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

AAAG7754 50801295

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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