What are Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets?
If you are experiencing the symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis), dust mites or pet-related allergies, your doctor may prescribe Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets.
These tablets can also be used to treat itchy, allergy-related rashes on your skin, such as hives and urticaria.
Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets contain levocetirizine dihydrochloride, a non-drowsy antihistamine that provides relief from symptoms of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.
This medicine is only available on prescription and should always be used exactly as directed by your doctor. You can obtain this prescription after completing a free online consultation with HealthExpress.
If your symptoms persist, consult your doctor for advice.
How do Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets work?
You may be prescribed Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets if you are experiencing symptoms of seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis, such as: nasal congestion; red/watery eyes; itchy nose; or, sneezing. These tablets contain levocetirizine dihydrochloride. This is a type of medicine known as a ' non-drowsy antihistamine'.
Our bodies produce histamine as a reaction to allergens such as pet fur or pollen, causing allergic symptoms (itchy nose/sneezing) or allergic skin reactions (itching/rashes).
Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets work to block histamine receptors. This stops the chain reaction that causes allergic symptoms.
This medicine usually starts to work within an hour, but it may take longer to experience full relief from symptoms.
How to use Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets
- Adults and children aged 6 years and older should take 1 tablet once per day
- These tablets can be taken with or without food
- The tablet should be swallowed whole, alongside a sip of water
- Always take Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets exactly as your doctor has instructed
- Treatment duration will depend on the severity of your allergies and symptoms
- Do not take a double dose; if you forget to take a dose, skip the one you have missed and take the next dose at the usual time
What dosages are available for Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets?
There is only one dosage available for Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets. Each tablet contains 5mg of levocetirizine dihydrochloride (the equivalent of 4.2mg of levocetirizine) and 64mg of lactose monohydrate.
These tablets are only available on prescription from your doctor.
What are the side effects of Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets?
Common side effects of Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets include: drowsiness; headaches; dizziness; nasal swelling/irritation; throat inflammation; dry mouth; abdominal pain; and, nausea.
There are other less common side effects, including: allergic reactions; weakness; visual disturbances; and, an increased heartbeat. If you experience any of these side effects, or any not listed, consult your doctor for advice. They may advise you to stop taking this medicine.
What are the precautions/interactions of Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets?
You should tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines (including herbal remedies, supplements and non-prescription medicines) as these could affect the way Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets work.
Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets could interact with ritonavir and theophylline, so you should speak to your doctor if you are taking either of these medicines.
Antihistamines can affect the way histamine works in the treatment of leukaemia, so they are not recommended when undergoing treatment for this condition.
There is also a chance they could affect the way betahistine (used in the treatment of Ménière's disease) works. It is probably best to avoid Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets if you are taking this medicine.
Although it is unlikely to cause drowsiness, some people do find Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets cause mild drowsiness. You should avoid driving or operating machinery until you are sure how this medicine affects you.
This medicine is suitable for use in adults and children aged 6 years and over. It is not recommended for use in children below the age of 6 due to a lack of data regarding safety for this age group.
As levocetirizine can pass into breast milk, caution should be applied if you are planning to take this medicine while breastfeeding. This compound could make your baby irritable or drowsy. Breastfeeding mothers should ask their doctor for advice.
The safety of Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets during pregnancy has not yet been established. Ask your doctor for advice before taking this medication if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
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