An allergic reaction appears when our immune system shows hypersensitive attitude or reactions towards an unfamiliar outer or foreign substance. Common symptoms of allergy may include runny or blocked nose, itchiness, watering eyes, shortness of breath, red rash etc.

Are these allergic reactions easy to deal with? Not at all as we unknowingly use such medications for allergy which make it worse instead of handling it.

Here in this article, we are going to discuss an anti-allergic drug named cetirizine. Let’s first list out different aspects of this drug that are under discussion.

THINGS TO BE DISCUSSED:

  1. WHAT IS CETIRIZINE?
  2. HOW CETIRIZINE WORKS?
  3. DOSAGE OF CETIRIZINE
  4. BENEFITS OF CETIRIZINE
  5. SIDE EFFECTS OF CETIRIZINE
  6. SAFETY PRECAUTIONS OF CETIRIZINE

What is Cetirizine?

Cetirizine is a prescription antihistamine medication that reduces histamine or decreases symptoms of allergies and allergic reactions.

Cetirizine is used to treat common allergic reactions such as cold, sneezing runny nose, watering eyes or itching etc. In other words, it relieves the symptoms of allergies.

An allergic reaction usually occurs when our body or a body part encounters a substance, we are allergic to. Common allergies appear due to house dust, animal’s fur, insects bite or sting or pollen etc. When we get in touch with the thing, we are allergic to it and our body makes histamine.

Histamine is a compound in our compound system that performs different functions in the body. But when it comes to allergic reactions it produces unpleasant allergic feelings. Cetirizine is an antihistamine supplement that works effectively against allergic reactions.

How cetirizine works?

Cetirizine blocks the effects of histamine that results in reducing allergic symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing or watering eyes etc.

Dosage of cetirizine:

Cetirizine is available in 2 forms:

  • Tablet form (5mg & 10mg)
  • Liquid form

Dosage depends on which form of medication you are using.

  • Take as directed by your doctor.
  • Never use on your own without consulting a health care provider.
  • Take lower dose in start and then increase the dose if lower dose doesn’t work.
  • Try not to use a household spoon to measure the liquid.
  • If it doesn’t work for you, quit the use and switch to some other treatment.

Benefits of cetirizine:

Cetirizine is the best trusted and most widely used medication against allergy in medical settings across the world. It is safe to use as it is prescription medicine approved by FDA (food and drug administration).

Cetirizine doesn’t carry serious side effects and it treats only mild allergies. In severe cases, one should consult a health expert to avoid other complications.

Side effects of cetirizine:

Cetirizine is all safe when used as instructed. But when used against directions it can cause following side effects:

  • Nose bleeding
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  • Tiredness
  • Breathing troubles
  • Stomach problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Hallucinations etc.

Safety precautions of cetirizine:

  1. Never use longer than prescribed.
  2. Keep out of the reach of children.