Alerid (Cetirizine HCL) (se TIR a zeen)
What is Alerid (Cetirizine HCL) used for?
Alerid (Cetirizine HCL) is an oral antihistamine prescribed to treat patients suffering from the symptoms of seasonal allergies including sneezing, runny nose, skin irritation, or watering eyes. The medication works by reducing the amount of histamines released by the body in response to allergens that cause the swelling, irritation, and discomfort associated with these conditions. Your physician may also prescribe it for other unlisted purposes.
How should I use Alerid (Cetirizine HCL)?
Always follow your physician's directions while using Alerid (Cetirizine HCL) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally taken twice daily, but your particular instructions will depend on the severity of your symptoms and your current health condition. The tablets should be swallowed whole and unaltered along with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablets prior to use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Alerid (Cetirizine HCL)?
Some patients using Alerid (Cetirizine HCL) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are irregular heartbeats, trouble breathing, tremors, insomnia, vision problems, urinary retention, or blurry vision. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced application frequency to prevent further problems from occurring.
Alerid (Cetirizine HCL) should not be used to treat patients who are fructose intolerant, allergies to sorbitol, or if you have severe kidney failure. Also inform your physician if you have epilepsy or decreased kidney function to make sure any necessary adjustments are made to your treatment to prevent unexpected problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Alerid (Cetirizine HCL). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.