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10 mg
30 Tablets

Cetirizine is a medicine that contains an active ingredient referred to as antihistamine. It's used for relieving the unpleasant symptoms associated with allergies. This medication is recommended for use by anyone above the age of 2. Unlike the previous versions of antihistamines, it doesn't make one be drowsy after taking it, therefore, you can go on with your daily duties as usual.  

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What is Cetirizine?

Cetirizine is an antihistamine medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for the treatment of annual or seasonal allergies and inflammation of nasal membranes otherwise known as vasomotor rhinitis. It can also be used to provide relief from conditions such as hives, cold, angioedema, food allergies, among others. It is important to note that Cetirizine only offers temporary relief to the symptoms, and should not be used as a substitute for the prescribed medication.


How Does Cetirizine Work?

Cetirizine works by reducing or blocking the production of histamines. Notably, when the body is exposed to certain triggers such as insect bites, dust, pet dander, food substances, or scents, it naturally produces chemicals known as histamines to help protect the body. However, these chemicals can make one�s eyes teary, cause a runny nose or itchy skin due to rashes. Antihistamine medication such as Cetirizine works well in managing these symptoms:


Allergy symptoms that can be managed by Cetirizine

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Running nose
  • Rashes on the skin


  • A person with kidney disease should be given a go-ahead by their doctor before using this medication.
  • Seek authorization from your doctor if you are using sedatives or tranquillizers before using Cetirizine.
  • Cetirizine should not be used for longer than the recommended period or in large or small doses.
  • Cetirizine should not be used by an individual who is allergic to hydroxyzine ingredients.


  • Follow the directions indicated on the package or as specified by your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Cetirizine can be taken with or without food, however, one should take it around the same time daily.
  • You should not use Cetirizine to treat blistered or bruised hives.
  • Avoid alcohol intake when using Cetirizine
  • Observe caution when driving or handling heavy machinery.
  • In case your symptoms do not improve, call your doctor for a thorough examination.


  • The active ingredient in the 10mg Tablet is hydrochloride
  • Some of the inactive ingredients include starch maize, macrogol lactose, magnesium, povidone, polymethacrylate basic, and stearate.

Side Effects

Antihistamine treatments such as Cetirizine constitute of side effects such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision caused by dizziness
  • Abdominal pains among others

Cetirizine is an over-the-counter medication that can be purchased even without a prescription. However, if your symptoms do not seem to improve or you suffer extreme side effects, stop the medication immediately and seek emergency treatment.