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Cetirizine HCl - Uses and Overview
Cetirizine, marketed under the name Zyrtec, is a type of antihistamine medication. People who might need a cetirizine prescription can connect with medical providers using Push Health and get a cetirizine hydrochloride prescription, including cetirizine 10 mg, when appropriate.
What Is Cetirizine Used For?
Cetirizine hydrochloride is a selective H1-receptor antagonist that is used for relief of rhinitis symptoms from seasonal allergies caused by ragweed, grass, tree pollen and other allergens. Cetirizine can also be used for specific cases of perennial allergic rhinitis and chronic urticaria. Cetirizine is an antihistamine that is a metabolite of hydroxyzine and inhibits H1 receptors peripherally. Cetirizine has been shown to inhibit the wheal and flare reaction seen after intradermal injection of histamine. Cetirizine is a less selective version of Xyzal and is also similar to azelastine, fexofenadine (Allegra), and loratadine (Claritin).
Cetirizine - Dosage and Cost
Cetirizine hydrochloride (cetirizine HCl) is found as a crystalline white powder that is soluble in water. After oral administration, cetirizine reaches a maximum concentration roughly 1 hour and most of cetirizine in the plasma is found bound to proteins. Most cetirizine is excreted in the urine with an elimination half life of just over 8 hours. Cetirizine tablets are typically white and have a rectangular shape. Cetirizine is available as cetirizine 5 mg tablets and cetirizine 10 mg tablets. Generally, the starting dose is cetirizine 5 mg daily. Cetirizine hydrochloride tablets should be stored between 20° C and 25° C.
Can I Buy Cetirizine Online?
Cetirizine OTC (over-the-counter) is available in the United States. However, some people need a cetirizine prescription because insurance will not cover the cost of OTC cetirizine. For prescription cetirizine, one cannot just buy cetirizine online without first consulting a medical provider and then working with a licensed pharmacy. Push Health can connect people who need a cetirizine prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe cetirizine HCl when appropriate. Cetirizine is relatively affordable at under thirty cents per pill. Additional cetirizine coupons can be found online from time to time. When prescribed, cetirizine is covered by some insurance plans with pharmacy benefits.
Cetirizine - Side Effects
Side effects from cetirizine use include, but are not limited to, dry mouth, headache, pharyngitis, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. People with a known hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to cetirizine, hydroxyzine, or components in the medication should avoid using it. Cetirizine and alcohol should not be used together. Before using cetirizine, it is necessary to discuss possible side effects with one's pharmacist and medical provider.
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Last updated December 9, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.