Cetirizine 10mg Hay Fever & Allergy Relief - 30 Tablets
- Antihistamine used to treat hay fever and allergies
- Relieves itching, sneezing and other symptoms
- Non drowsy
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What are Cetirizine tablets?
Cetirizine is a non-drowsy antihistamine medicine. You can buy Cetirizine on prescription, but it can also be purchased over the counter.
This medicine provides swift and effective relief from the symptoms of common allergic conditions like hay fever and food allergies.
Cetirizine tablets can be taken by adults and children over the age of 6. It is also available as Cetirizine Oral Solution, which can be used by children as young as 2 years old for hay fever and skin allergies.
You can buy Cetirizine tablets without a prescription.
What is Cetirizine used to treat?
Cetirizine 10mg tablets are used to treat the symptoms of a range of conditions, including:
- Hay fever
- Certain food allergies
- Reactions to insect bites or stings
Why is Cetirizine recommended for allergic conditions?
These tablets contain the active ingredient cetirizine hydrochloride, which is an effective non-drowsy antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms associated with a number of common allergies including:
Because it is a non-drowsy antihistamine, you are far less likely to suffer from drowsiness while taking Cetirizine tablets compared to other antihistamine medicines.
It is suitable for adults and children aged 6 and above.
You should start to feel better within one hour of taking Cetirizine.
How does Cetirizine work?
Cetirizine belongs to a group of medicines known as antihistamines. It contains the active ingredient cetirizine hydrochloride, which works by blocking the effects of a chemical called histamine.
Histamine is produced by your body when you come into contact with an allergy trigger, such as pollen, animal fur or dust. Histamine is useful for the body in most cases, but in an allergic reaction it causes unpleasant symptoms such as:
- Stuffy, runny, itchy, or blocked nose
- Itchy eyes
- Watering eyes
- Itchy red skin that can become cracked
- Nausea and diarrhoea
- Swollen eyes, face or tongue
- Tight chest, wheezing
By blocking the effects of histamine, your symptoms can be alleviated.
Who can use Cetirizine tablets?
Cetirizine 10mg tablets provide effective relief from the symptoms of allergies and hay fever, but they are not suitable for everyone to use.
You should not use this medication if:
- You are allergic to cetirizine hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
- You have a severe kidney disease
- You are known to be allergic to hydroxyzine
- You are known to be allergic to any drugs from the piperazine family of medicines, such as buclizine, meclozine, cyclizine or levocetirizine
This medicine is not suitable for children under the age of 6.
Speak to your doctor before you use Cetirizine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on why Cetirizine tablets may not be suitable for you.
Can you buy Cetirizine over the counter?
This medication is available to buy without a prescription and can be bought in pharmacies and supermarkets.
Can you buy Cetirizine online in the UK?
You can buy Cetirizine online from Medicine Direct without a prescription. Just complete our simple online questionnaire to make sure that it is the right medicine for your problem. One of our registered prescribers will check your answers to ensure this is a suitable medication for you.
Next day delivery is available if you place your order by 2pm.
For your own safety, do not order medicine online unless you are ordering from a registered UK pharmacy, like Medicine Direct. We are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Furthermore, our prescribers are all registered with the General Medical Council, meaning they can prescribe medicine just like your local GP.
Sadly, there is no cure for allergies. However, there are plenty of medicines available which can effectively keep the symptoms under control. Other antihistamine medicines like Levocetirizine and Loratadine are also available from Medicine Direct after you have filled out our online consultation form; they will work to relieve your symptoms in the same way as Cetirizine.
Additionally, Cetirizine can be bought as an oral solution, which is suitable for young children to take.
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Cetirizine Tablets.
For adults and children over 12 years old, the average dose for Cetirizine is 10mg, which should be taken as one tablet once a day. This is to relieve symptoms of allergies and the symptoms of hay fever.
If you suffer from kidney problems the dose is likely to be lower than this.
If a doctor has prescribed Cetirizine tablets for your child, they will base the dosage on their age or weight. The usual recommended dose for children aged 6 to 12 years old is 5mg, to be taken as half a tablet twice a day.
How to take Cetirizine tablets
Cetirizine tablets can be taken with or without food.
Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water, juice or milk. Do not crush or chew the tablets.
If you have been prescribed Cetirizine, follow your doctor’s instructions. Read the patient information leaflet before you start to take this medicine. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to take it.
Certirizine 10mg side effects
The common adverse effects of Cetirizine may affect up to 1 in 10 people who take it and include:
- Dry mouth
- Feeling sick
- Sore throat
- Cold-like symptoms
Children are more likely to suffer from diarrhoea and cold-like symptoms than adults.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.
Serious Side Effects
Rare side effects of Cetirizine may occur in 1 in every 1,000 users and include:
- Abnormal liver function
- Fast heartbeat
- Swelling as a result of water retention
- Weight gain
- Insomnia, feeling aggressive, confused or depressed
Side effects with an unknown frequency are:
- Joint pain
- Suicidal thoughts or nightmares
- Urinary retention
Stop using this medicine and seek medical attention if you have any of the reactions listed above. You should also do this if you have any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
Always refer to the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on side effects and how to cope with them.
Certirizine warnings and drug interactions
Before taking Cetirizine tablets, make sure your doctor or pharmacist is aware if you are currently using any other form of medicine.
Take special care with Cetirizine tablets if:
You are using any of the following medications:
- Midodrine, for low blood pressure
- Ritonavir, to treat the HIV infection
- Any medicines that may make you drowsy, make it difficult to urinate, give you dry mouth (taking Cetirizine alongside these medicines may make these side effects worse)
Certain herbal remedies might be unsuitable to take alongside Cetirizine, particularly those that make it difficult to urinate, or cause drowsiness or dry mouth.
Speak to your doctor before taking this medicine if:
- You have any kidney problems; you may need to take a lower dose than usual
- You have any predisposition factors of urinary retention
- You suffer from epilepsy or are at risk of convulsions
Do not give this medicine to children who are under 6 years old.
Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start taking a new medicine for full details on warnings, precautions and a full ist of medicines that may interact with Cetirizine tablets.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Speak to your doctor before you use Cetirizine if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.
There may be a safer alternative medication for you to use to control allergy symptoms or hay fever.
Similarly, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you are currently breastfeeding. This is especially important if your baby has any health problems, was born premature or with a low birth weight.
Only small amounts of the medicine will get into your breast milk, but you should still check to make sure it is safe to use.
We recommend BUMPs for additional information.
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Certirizine hydrochloride.
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics.
How long can you take Cetirizine?If your symptoms have not improved after taking Cetirizine for three days, speak to your doctor.
Can Cetirizine damage your kidneys?Cetirizine is largely eliminated through your kidneys. You must not take these tablets if you have a severe kidney disease. You should also tell your doctor if you have any kidney problems.
How long does Cetirizine take to work?It will take up to one hour for Cetirizine tablets to work.
Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Cetirizine?You should not drink alcohol while using this medicine as it can make you sleepy.
Can you take Cetirizine with painkillers?You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen while taking Cetirizine if you need pain relief.
Is Cetirizine an anti-inflammatory?Studies have shown anti-inflammatory effects in Cetirizine, although it is classed as an antihistamine.
Can Cetirizine cause heart palpitations?If you take too many tablets, you may experience an abnormal, rapid heart rate. Tachycardia (fast heartbeat) is a rare side effect, occurring in up to 1 in 1,000 people who take Cetirizine. Tell your doctor if you experience this.
How is Cetirizine different from other antihistamines?Cetirizine is a non-drowsy antihistamine, which means it is less likely to make you sleepy in comparison to other antihistamines like chlorphenamine.
Can I drive or cycle while taking Cetirizine?Cetirizine is a non-drowsy antihistamine, so it is less likely to make you feel sleepy. However, there is still a risk that you may feel sleepy after taking Cetirizine. If this happens, do not use any machines, drive or ride a bike until you no longer feel sleepy.
Does Cetirizine cause weight gain?Weight gain can occur in some people who take Cetirizine, although this is a rare side effect and may only affect up to 1 in 1,000 people who take it.
Updated on: 29/07/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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