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What is Cetirizine

Cetirizine is a mainstream medication used to alleviate allergies. One factor that has made this medication very popular for its efficacy.

How effective are Cetirizine 10 mg tablets?

After coming into contact with some allergens, the body produces a chemical called histamine. This chemical is what causes most symptoms you get when experiencing allergic reactions. These reactions can occur when you inhale or even touch allergens like pet dander, mould, or plant pollen, affecting your nose, throat, sinuses, and your upper respiratory system.

Cetirizine hydrochloride in Cetirizine, 10 mg tablets, is an antihistamine. So, it helps you block the effects of histamine, hence allowing you to reduce allergy symptoms effectively. Some of the signs that using Cetirizine 10 mg tablets can help treat are:

  • A runny nose

  • Sneezing

  • Itchy or watery eyes

  • Itchy nose or throat

Also, many scientific studies have been done recently to help determine the efficiency and safety of Cetirizine 10 mg tablets in treating allergy symptoms. In all these studies, researchers concluded that these tablets are a completely reliable and effective treatment option for allergy symptoms compared to many alternatives out there.

How should I take Cetirizine 10 mg tablets?

When taking over the counter Cetirizine 10 mg tablets, make sure you read all the provided directions on the product package before using them. You can take the tablets before or after eating.

If your symptoms worsen, or you don’t notice any improvements after using the Cetirizine 10 mg tablets, call an expert at Click Pharmacy to get quality advice.

You can combine taking the Cetirizine 10 mg tablets with applying other home remedies such as using peppermint oil and having a low-fat diet. Doing so allows you to increase the chances of treating your symptoms faster and more effectively.

How do Cetirizine 10 mg tablets work?

The active ingredient (Cetirizine hydrochloride) in Cetirizine, 10 mg tablets, is what helps you treat your allergy symptoms. This ingredient works by blocking histamine, which is the natural substance that your body produces during an allergic reaction. Doing so helps prevent the symptoms from worsening, hence allowing you to relieve them faster.

When shouldn’t I take Cetirizine 10 mg tablets?

You should not use Cetirizine 10 mg tablets if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Taking these tablets during these stages can make the active ingredient reach the baby, causing some harm. Also, if you're planning on getting pregnant soon, you should let the doctor know before using the Cetirizine 10 mg tablets. Doing that allows your doctor to evaluate you and determine whether you’re fit to use the tablets and to reduce the chances of them affecting your future pregnancy.

What is the difference between Cetirizine 10 mg tablets, and other alternatives such as Zyrtec 24 Hour Allergy Relief Tablets, and Xyzal Allergy 24 Hour?

Zyrtec is a branded cetirizine. Xyzal contains levocetirizine which is an optic isomer of cetirizine with slightly different properties than regular cetirizine. 

Can I buy Cetirizine 10 mg tablets online?

You can buy these tablets online from licensed online pharmacies. You should do some research on all your symptoms and find the best medication for your needs. Feel free to contact our health experts at Click Pharmacy to discuss your condition. We also provide next day delivery, allowing you to enjoy maximum benefits without delay.

What dose should I choose?

The Cetirizine, 10 mg tablets, come in a packet filled with about 30 tablets. It is recommended that these tablets be taken only by adults to ensure maximum efficacy and safety.

Adults should use only one tablet of this medication daily. If you have an overdose of Cetirizine 10 mg tablets, you must report to a doctor to help you get the best and fastest solution.

If you forget to take your dose of Cetirizine 10 mg tablets, ensure you do it immediately after you remembered. However, do not double the dose. Otherwise, you can experience side effects.

How long do I take Cetirizine 10 mg tablets for before I notice a difference?

There is no exact time that you can take before noticing any significant difference after using the Cetirizine 10 mg tablets. Why? The Cetirizine hydrochloride in these tablets acts differently on everybody. Most people take around 15 minutes to experience some benefits of the Cetirizine 10 mg tablets. However, you might even take about an hour before feeling the effects. So, be patient to avoid taking another dose, as that can cause some side effects.

What are the side effects of the Cetirizine 10 mg tablets?

 Cetirizine, 10 mg tablets, can sometimes cause several side effects to some users, but not all. These side effects might be due to overdosing or even happen naturally. Some of the most common ones that you might experience after taking Cetirizine 10 mg tablets include:

  1. Gastrointestinal disorders- Nausea, dry mouth, abdominal pains and diarrhoea

  2. Fatigue

  3. Headache

In rare cases, you might also experience severe side effects such as:

  • Eye disorders, including oculogyration and blurred vision

  • Urinating very less than usual, or not even at all

  • Uncontrolled shaking and insomnia

It is recommendable that you report immediately to a doctor if you notice any of these side effects, especially the severe ones. If you experience any other severe side effect that is not listed above, then ensure you stop using the Cetirizine 10 mg tablets first and talk to a doctor to get professional help.

What are Cetirizine Tablets used for?

Cetirizine Tablets are effective at providing relief from symptoms caused by an allergy.

What symptoms can Cetirizine be used to treat?

Cetirizine Tablets can be taken to treat the following symptoms of allergies:

  • A runny nose
  • Itching eyes
  • Watering eyes
  • Itching nose
  • Runny nose


Can children take Cetirizine Tablets?

Cetirizine Tablets are not suitable for children under the age of 6 years old.

Who should not take Cetirizine Tablets?

You should not take Cetirizine Tablets for allergy relief if you have:

  • An intolerance to absorbing sugars such as sorbitol and lactose
  • An allergy to the food additives E218 or E216
  • Epilepsy or any similar health problem which puts you at risk of experiencing fits


Can I drink alcohol while taking Cetirizine Tablets?

It is advised to not drink alcohol while taking Cetirizine Tablets. This is because a common side effect caused by Cetirizine is feeling tired and sleepy, by consuming alcohol these side effects may worsen.

Can I take painkillers with Cetirizine Tablets?

Yes, it is safe to combine painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen with Cetirizine Tablets.

Can I drive while taking Cetirizine Tablets?

Cetirizine Tablets are classed as a non-drowsy drug, meaning it is safe to drive and operate machinery while taking these tablets. However you should refrain from driving or operating machinery if you feel sleepy or tired as a side effect of taking these tablets.

The majority of people who use Cetirizine Tablets do not experience severe side effects. Possible side effects and how to treat them include:

  • Feeling sleepy or tired: speak to a medicine expert who may advise you to use an alternative antihistamine.
  • Headaches: ensure you are drinking lots of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Nausea: to prevent nausea you should not take these tablets on an empty stomach
  • Stomach pain: try to eat smaller more frequent meals
  • Sore throat: try to gargle with an aspirin solution
  • Itching and rash like symptoms: speak to a GP or pharmacist who may advise you to use an alternative.

Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be  found here.

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Last reviewed 11 April 2023

Superintendent Pharmacist GPhC No.2220953

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