Zyrtec contains the active ingredient cetirizine. You can buy it from your pharmacy. You can also buy Zyrtec liquid capsules (5 to a pack) from supermarkets.
Zyrtec is used to treat allergy symptoms such as sneezing: itchy, watery or red eyes: and itchy or runny nose. Some people get allergy symptoms only in spring, while others get them all year round. Zyrtec can also be used to treat hives and itchy rashes, which are also called urticaria.
Zyrtec belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. It works by blocking the release of histamine, a chemical that causes the hay fever and allergy symptoms.
Zyrtec comes as a tablet, capsule, nasal spray, eye drops, liquid and oral drops. Take as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
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Information for medicine and pack size: Zyrtec 5 mg/5 mL oral liquid solution, 60 mL
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What this medicine is for
Seasonal allergic rhinitis: Cetirizine is indicated for the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) in adults and children aged 1-12 years. Symptoms treated effectively include sneezing, rhinorrhoea, post-nasal discharge, nasal pruritus, ocular pruritus and tearing and redness of the eyes. Perennial allergic rhinitis: Cetirizine is indicated for the relief of symptoms associated with perennial allergic rhinitis in adults and children aged 1-12 years. Symptoms treated effectively include sneezing, rhinorrhoea, post-nasal discharge, nasal pruritus, ocular pruritus and tearing. Chronic idiopathic urticaria: Cetirizine is indicated for the treatment of the uncomplicated skin manifestations of chronic idiopathic urticaria in adults and children aged 1-12 years. It significantly reduces the occurence, severity and duration of hives and markedly reduces pruritus. As with other antihistamines, patients should be advised to seek medical advice about the possibility that their urticaria is associated with ingestion of certain foods.
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