Cetirizine hydrochloride

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Is the use of cetirizine hydrochloride tablets safe during pregnancy?

I am a user of the cetirizine hydrochloride tablets and recently found out that I am seven weeks pregnant. This tablet helps me alot but I want to know if it will hurt my baby in any way. Respectfully, Kathleen
by kathleen in Trinidad, West Indies, 01/05/2006


 C an you please let me know the content of steriod in cetirizine hydrochloride tablet 10mg. My son is 7 years old and is suffering from eczema. What will happen to him in long run as steriod can enter into his blood stream.Please advise. Thank y...

Cetirizine hydrochloride
Cetirizine hydrochloride
Cetirizine hydrochloride>
(seh- TIH-rah-zeen)
Pregnancy Category: B Reactine Zyrtec (Rx)

Classification: Antihistamine

See Also: See also Antihistamines.

Action/Kinetics: A potent H 1-receptor antagonist. A mild bronchodilator that protects against histmine-induced bronchospasm; negligible anticholinergic and sedative activity. Rapidly absorbed after PO administration; however, food delays the time to peak serum levels but does not decrease the total amount of drug absorbed. Poorly penetrates the CNS, but high levels are distributed to the skin. t 1/2: 8.3 hr (longer in elderly clients and in those with impaired liver or renal function). Excreted mostly unchanged (95%) in the urine; 10% is excreted in the feces.

Uses: Relief of symptoms associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis due to ragweed, grass, and tree pollens; perennial allergic rhinitis due to allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, and molds. Chronic idiopathic urticaria.

Contraindications: Lactation. In those hypersensitive to hydroxyzine.

Special Concerns: Due to the possibility of sedation, use with caution in situations requiring mental alertness. Safety and efficacy have not been determined in children less than 12 years of age.

Side Effects: See Antihistamines. The most common side effects are somnolence, dry mouth, fatigue, pharyngitis, and dizziness.

Overdose Management: Symptoms: Somnolence. Treatment: Symptomatic and supportive. Dialysis is not effective in removing the drug from the body.

How Supplied: Syrup: 1 mg/mL; Tablets: 5 mg, 10 mg.

?Tablets Seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis, chronic urticaria.
A dults and children over 6 years of age, initial: Depending on the severity of the symptoms, 5 or 10 mg (most common initial dose) once daily. In clients with decreased renal function (C CR: 11-31 mL/min), in hemodialysis clients (C CR less than 7 mL/min), and in those with impaired hepatic function, the dose is 5 mg once daily. Children, 2 to 5 years, initial: 2.5 mg once daily.

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Joselyn, Wahiawa,Hawaii - 12/31/2012

I've been using cetirizine since 1999 while I was pregnant with my 2nd child I had an unbelievable onside itch and was getting hive like symptoms from an unknown source wether at the beach the mall It would appear so after trying everything doctor prescribed me cetirizine and I am on my 6th baby at 5 1/2 weeks and I'm still on it. It really helped me allot with no drowsiness and I give my 9 year old for his asthma/allergy symptoms if he doesn't take it then he would suffer with his asthma so far so good. My friend occasionally has a headache I told her take one and the headache was gone. This is really a dependable pill no side effects whatsoever for all of us.