Generic Zyrtec belong to the class of medicine known as antihistamine drugs. This generic medicine has got huge popularity among the users for treating allergic reactions. The medicine is used for treating sneezing, swelling in the nose lining, runny nose, watery eyes, hay fever, etc.
Generic Zyrtec is stored at a temperature that ranges from 20-25°C. It should be protected from light, dampness, moisture and heat as these physical parameters might spoil the usefulness of the medicine, if exposed to. The medicine should always be checked for the expiry date before using it. All the expired medicine should be discarded properly with the help of local waste disposal company. The generic drug should be kept away from the reach of kids.
Generic Zyrtec contain cetirizine hydrochloride as active ingredient. This film-coated white tablet is rectangular in appearance. It also has various inactive ingredients in it such as magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, titanium dioxide, lactose monohydrate, polyethylene glycol, and many more.
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Mechanism of action:
Generic Zyrtec blocks histamine receptors on the cells. Mast cells are releases histamine that gets attached to other cells that have histamine receptor on its surface. After getting attached to the particular cells, it activates it. This in turn releases chemical that causes allergy in the body of the person. When the patient uses generic Zyrtec, it starting working by blocking the H1 receptor and this leads to prevention of activating H1 receptors that has histamine in its cell.
Generic Zyrtec is used for treating sneezing, itching, watery eyes, runny nose, hay fever, itching and swelling caused by chronic urtricaria.
It is not necessary that all the user of generic Zyrtec will experience side effect after the intake of drug. Some might not experience any side effect at all.
Few patients might feel drowsiness, dry mouth and tiredness. Kid taking this medicine sometime suffers from stomach pain, vomiting, etc.
Rarely people will have allergic reaction with this medicine. However, if the patient is facing any kind of allergy such as rash, itching, swelling, difficulty in breathing, severe dizziness, then they must contact to their doctor immediately.
Some of the drug that might interact with generic Zyrtec includes:
Anti-seizure drug- Carbamazepine
Medicine for sleep and anxiety- Alprazolam, Diazepam, Zolpidem
Muscle relaxant- Chlorpromazine, Risperidone, Amitriptyline, Trazodone
This is not the only medicines that might react with this medicine. Some other drugs might also react with this medicine and can cause altered result in the users, leading to adverse effect on the health. Hence, the patient should always contact to their doctor before using this medicine.
The tablet of generic Zyrtec is given initially 5 mg as initial dose to child of age group 6 years & above and adults. The dose is then increased, if needed, depending upon the severity of patients’ condition. This dose is administered once in a day and the time varies from person to person and is decided as per individual patients’ needs.
If the dose is missed by the patient, then they should take it as soon as it is remembered. If it is time for the next dose, then they should skip the missed dose and take the next dose as per the schedule.
In case of overdose of the medicine, the patient should consult to the doctor as soon as possible.
Sometimes the inactive ingredients present in generic Zyrtec might cause allergic reaction to the user. If the user is experiencing allergic reaction then they should contact to their doctor.
The patient should not take medicine without consulting to the doctor if they are suffering from disease related to kidney and liver.
Generic Zyrtec might cause drowsiness to the user after its intake. Therefore, the patient should avoid machine operation work, driving vehicle or any other such work that needs high alertness.
The use of alcoholic beverage should be limited when the person is taking generic Zyrtec.
During pregnancy, this generic Zyrtec should be used only if the doctor has recommended for that. The patient should consult and discuss the risk and benefit with doctor prior taking the medicine.
|Generic||CETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE-(se ti ra zeen)|
|Strength||Zyrtec 10 mg|