What are Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution?
Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets are used for treating allergic conjunctivitis, hay fever, eczema, hives and insect bites and stings. They are also sometimes prescribed for the treatment of food allergies.
When the body reacts to allergies or irritation, the result is symptoms such as skin redness and itching, watery, red eyes, sneezing and other symptoms. Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets help to alleviate these symptoms and usually start to work within 30 minutes of taking a dose.
Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets contain the non-sedating antihistamine cetirizine hydrochloride. This type of antihistamine is much less likely to cause drowsiness than other antihistamines.
You will also find Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets under the following brand names in the UK:
- Tesco Allergy and Hayfever Relief 10mg Tablets
- Careway Antihistamine Hayfever Relief 10mg Tablets
- Lloyds Pharmacy Antihistamine Hayfever Relief 10mg Tablets
- Pollenase Allergy and Hayfever Relief 10mg Tablets
- EM Pharma Allergy and Hayfever Relief 10mg Tablets
- Benadryl One a Day Relief Tablets
- Piriteze Allergy Tablets
- BecoAllergy Tablets
These tablets are available to purchase online, or on prescription from your doctor. They normally come in packs containing 30 tablets. The solution comes in a 125ml bottle.
If you have an allergy to soya or peanuts, intolerance to sugars such as sorbitol and lactose or are allergic to the food additives E218 or E216, you should not take Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets or Solution.
How do Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution work?
Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution contain the active ingredient cetirizine hydrochloride. This is a type of medicine is known as an antihistamine and falls into the category of non-sedating or non-drowsy antihistamines.
This means these medicines are much less likely to make you drowsy than other types of antihistamine.
Histamine is a substance produced naturally by our bodies in reaction to allergens such as pet fur or pollen. When histamine is produced, it acts on histamine receptors in the body to cause a chain reaction. This results in allergic symptoms. For example, in an allergic reaction such as hay fever, histamine can lead to the airways, eyes or nose becoming inflamed. This causes a runny, itchy or blocked nose, sneezing and watery, itchy eyes. If you experience an allergic skin reaction, histamine can cause symptoms such as itching, rash and skin inflammation.
Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution work by blocking histamine receptors. This stops the chain reaction that causes allergic symptoms from taking place.
Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution can be taken on the day you have experienced allergic symptoms, for example after exposure to pollen or pet fur. Alternatively, you can take the tablets or solution throughout the hay fever season or if you know you are going to be exposed to an allergen, to prevent symptoms from occurring.
Cetirizine solution is easier for children to take than the tablets. The liquid comes with a spoon or plastic syringe to help you measure the correct dose for your child.
How to use Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution
- You should always swallow the tablets with a drink of water or juice
- The tablets should be swallowed whole and not crushed or chewed
- Adults, the elderly and children aged 12 years and over should take one tablet once a day
- Children aged 6 to 12 years should take half a tablet twice a day
- This medicine is not recommended for use in children under 6 years of age
- For the solution, adults, the elderly and children aged 12 and over should take two 5ml spoonfuls once daily (max 10ml daily)
- Children aged 6 to 11 years should take two 5ml spoonfuls once daily or one 5ml spoonful twice daily (max 10ml daily)
- For children aged 2 to 5 years, administer one 5ml spoonful once daily or one 2.5ml spoonful twice daily (max 5ml daily)
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it's almost time for your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
- If a child taking cetirizine twice a day misses a dose, you can give them the missed dose if it is within 4 hours of the usual dosage time. If more than 4 hours have passed, skip the missed dose and administer the next dose as normal.
What dosages are available for Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution?
There is only one dosage available for Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets. Each tablet contains 10mg of cetirizine hydrochloride.
Cetirizine Hydrochloride Solution is for oral use. 5ml of the oral solution contains 5mg of cetirizine hydrochloride. The solution also contains 250mg propylene glycol, 6.75mg methyl parahydroxybenzoate, 0.75mg propyl parahydroxybenzoate and 2250mg liquid sorbitol.
Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution is available either on prescription or over the counter.
What are the side effects of Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution?
Although most people can take Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets or Solution without experiencing any side effects, there are some common side effects that have been reported.
These include: headache; feeling dizzy or sick; dry mouth; feeling tired or sleepy; sore throat; diarrhoea; a runny or blocked nose; tingling feet and hands; a rash or itchy skin; and, feelings of agitation. (Diarrhoea and a blocked or runny nose are symptoms that are much more common in children than in adults.)
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the tablets or solution, you should not take this medicine. If you experience a serious allergic reaction, you may notice symptoms such as wheezing; a skin rash (including red, swollen or itchy skin); a tight feeling in your throat or chest; and swelling of the face, tongue, throat or lips. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek urgent medical attention at the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital.
If you experience bruising or bleeding that is unusual for you, you should stop taking this medicine and speak to your doctor immediately.
If you are concerned about side effects, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
What are the precautions/interactions of Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution?
Some medicines can interact with Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets and Solution. If you are taking any of the following you should consult your doctor before taking this medicine:
- ritonavir (for HIV infection)
- midodrine (for low blood pressure)
- medicine that makes it difficult to urinate, gives you dry mouth or makes you drowsy (cetirizine hydrochloride could make these side effects worse)
If you are taking any other medicines including herbal remedies or supplements, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist as there is a chance they could interact with cetirizine hydrochloride and make side effects worse.
You should never take these tablets after the expiry date printed on the blister pack and the carton.
These tablets are suitable for use in adults and children aged 6 years and older. They should not be used in children under 6 years of age.
Cetirizine Hydrochloride Solution is generally prescribed by doctors to relieve hay fever symptoms in children aged 2 to 5 years old, who may have difficulty swallowing tablets. It can also be used for pet, dust and skin allergies in children of this age.
You should only use this medicine when pregnant if considered essential by your doctor and caution should be exercised. Breastfeeding mothers should also exercise caution if taking Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tablets or Solution. You should always seek medical advice from your doctor before taking these tablets if you fall into either of these groups.
You should not take the tablets or solution if you are allergic to antihistamines or to any of the medicine's ingredients. If you think you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop taking the medicine and seek urgent medical attention.
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