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POLLENSHIELD HAYFEVER RELIEF

Active substance(s): CETIRIZINE HYDROCHLORIDE / CETIRIZINE HYDROCHLORIDE / CETIRIZINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Cetirizine hydrochloride
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in
this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have
told you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
•A
 sk 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.
•Y
 ou must talk to a doctor if you do not feel
better or if you feel worse after 3 days.

What is in this leaflet

1 What Pollenshield Hayfever Relief is and
2
3
4
5
6

what it is used for
What you need to know before you take
Pollenshield Hayfever Relief
How to take Pollenshield Hayfever Relief
Possible side effects
How to store Pollenshield Hayfever
Relief
Contents of the pack and other
information

1 What Pollenshield Hayfever Relief is and
what it is used for

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

2 What you need to know before you take
Pollenshield Hayfever Relief

Do not take Pollenshield Hayfever Relief if you:
• a re allergic to cetirizine, hydroxyzine, any piperazine
derivatives or any of the other ingredients in this
medicine (listed in section 6).
• h ave severe kidney problems.

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Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Pollenshield Hayfever Relief if you:
• h ave epilepsy.
• h ave difficulty in passing water or any risk factors
associated with this.
If you are scheduled for allergy testing, ask your doctor
if you should stop taking Pollenshield Hayfever Relief
for several days before testing. This medicine may
affect your allergy test results.

Children

Not recommended for children under 6 years old.

Other medicines and Pollenshield Hayfever
Relief
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
recently taken or might take any other medicines.

Pollenshield Hayfever Relief and alcohol

Speak to your doctor before drinking alcohol while
taking Pollenshield Hayfever Relief. Alcohol may impair
your performance and cause you to become less alert.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may
be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your
doctor or pharmacist for advice 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.

Pollenshield Hayfever Relief contains lactose
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 Pollenshield Hayfever Relief

Always take this medicine exactly as described in this
leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure.
Swallow the tablets with water.

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The recommended dose is:

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 recommended.
Patients with impaired kidney function or having
dialysis
If you have impaired kidney function or you are having
dialysis, your doctor will give you a lower dose.

If you take more Pollenshield Hayfever Relief
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
water.

If you forget to take Pollenshield Hayfever
Relief

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, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice signs
of:
• a n allergic reaction: swelling of the face, lips,
tongue or throat, narrowing of the airways causing
difficulty breathing or swallowing (anaphylactic
shock), rash, itching.
• 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.
Other side effects
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side
effects or notice any other effects not listed:
•U
 ncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
diarrhoea, ‘pins and needles’ or tingling, agitation,
itching, rash, weakness or loss of strength, feeling of
general discomfort or illness.
•R
 are (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people): 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) .

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•V
 ery rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
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..
•N
 ot known (frequency cannot be estimated from the
available data): increased appetite, loss of memory,
memory impairment, feeling of dizziness or spinning
(vertigo), difficulty passing water (urinary retention)
somnolence (sleepiness), tiredness, dizziness,
headache, unexpected stimulation of the nervous
system (unexpected excitation), dry mouth, sore
throat, nausea, abdominal pain, runny nose (rhinitis).
If you notice any side effects, they get worse, or if
you notice any not listed, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

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 Pollenshield Hayfever Relief

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Store in the original package.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is
stated on the label/carton/bottle. 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 Pollenshield Hayfever Relief contains

•T
 he active substance (the ingredient that makes the
tablets work) is cetirizine hydrochloride. Each tablet
contains 10mg of the active substance.
•T
 he 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 Relief look like
and contents of the pack

Pollenshield Hayfever Relief are film-coated, white or
almost white convex, elliptical tablets.
Pack size is 7.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in January 2017
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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