cetirizine, Zyrtec, Zyrtec Allergy, Zyrtec Hives (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects that have been reported with cetirizine include:
Other important but rare side effects include:
PRESCRIPTION: Yes, OTC (yes)
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 5 and 10 mg. Tablets (Chewable or orally disintegrating): 10 mg. Syrup: 5 mg/5 ml.
STORAGE: Cetirizine should be stored in a dry place at 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
DOSING: The recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg daily depending on the severity of symptoms.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Theophylline (Theo-Dur, Respbid, Slo-Bid, Theo-24, Theolair, Uniphyl, Slo-Phyllin)reduces the breakdown of cetirizine by 16% and can increase blood levels of cetirizine. Drugs that cause drowsiness may add to drowsiness resulting from cetirizine.
PREGNANCY: Cetirizine has not been adequately evaluated in pregnant women. Available evidence suggests that risk to the developing fetus is low.
NURSING MOTHERS: Cetirizine is excreted in human breast milk.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2015
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