WHAT CETIRIZINE 10 MG TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Cetirizine hydrochloride is the active ingredient of Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets.
Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets is an ant allergic medication.
In adults and children aged 6 year and above, Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets are indicated
•For the relief of symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) and allergies such as dust or pet allergies (perennial allergic rhinitis), such as sneezing, itchy, runny and blocked nose, red and watery eyes.
•For the relief of swelling, redness and itchiness of the skin (symptoms of chronic idiopathic urticaria, which is also known as chronic nettle rash).
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE CETIRIZINE 10 MG TABLETS
Do not take Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets
•If you have a severe kidney disease (severe renal failure with creatinine clearance below 10 ml/min).
•If you are known to be allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substance of Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets or any of the other ingredients of these tablets.
•If you are known to be allergic (hypersensitive) to hydroxyzine (closely related active substances of other medicines).
•If you are known to be allergic (hypersensitive) to drugs from the piperazine family, for example buclizine, cyclizine, meclozine, levocetirizine.
•If you are breast-feeding
•If you have problems of urinary retention
•If you have intolerance to some sugars (this medicine contains lactose).
Warnings and precautions
Check with your doctor before taking Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets:
•If you have problems with your kidneys
•If you have predisposition factors of urinary retention (e.g.: spinal cord lesion, prostatic hyperplasia) as cetirizine increases the risk of urinary retention
•You suffer from epilepsy or are at risk of convulsions
•You want to use for children less than 6 years of age
Take special care with Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets
If you have kidney problems, please ask your doctor for advice; if necessary, you may have to take a lower dose. The new dose will be determined by your doctor.
If you are an epileptic patient or a patient at risk of convulsions, you should ask your doctor for advice.
Other medicines and Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Due to the profile of cetirizine, no interactions with other drugs are expected.
Taking Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets with food and drink
Food does not noticeably affect the absorption of cetirizine.
No interactions having a noticeable impact have been observed between alcohol (at the blood level of 0.5 per millilitre corresponding to one glass of wine) and cetirizine used at the normal doses. However, as it is the case with all antihistamines, it is recommended to avoid consumption of alcohol while taking this medicine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine.
As with other drugs, use of Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets should be avoided by pregnant women. Accidental use of the drug by a pregnant woman should not produce any harmful effects on the foetus. Nevertheless, the administration of the medicine should be discontinued.
You should not take Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets during breast-feeding because cetirizine passes into breast milk.
Allergy skin test
If you are going to have an allergy skin test stop taking Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets for three days before the test. This medicine may affect your allergy test results.
Driving and using machines
Clinical studies have produced no evidence of impaired attention, alertness and driving capabilities after taking Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets at the recommended dose.
If you intend to drive, operate machinery, or perform other tasks that need your full attention, you should not exceed the recommended dose and you should closely observe your response to the drug. If you are a sensitive patient, you may find that the simultaneous use of alcohol or other nervous depressant agents may additionally affect your attention and ability to react.
Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets contains lactose
Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets contain lactose; if you have been told by your doctor that you have an
Intolerance to some sugars, please contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
HOW TO TAKE CETIRIZINE 10 MG TABLETS
Always take Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure.
Tablets need to be swallowed with a glass of liquid.
The recommended dose is:
Use in adults and adolescents above 12 years old:
10 mg once daily as one tablet.
Use in children between 6 and 12 years old:
5 mg twice daily as half a tablet.
Patients with kidney problems:
Patients with moderate renal impairment are recommended to take 5 mg once daily as a half tablet.
If you feel that the effect of Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets is too weak or too strong, please consult your doctor.
If you take more Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets than you should
If you think you have taken an overdose of Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets, please inform your doctor. Your doctor will then decide what measures, if any, should be taken.
After an overdose, the side effects described below may occur with increased intensity.
Adverse effects such as confusion, diarrhoea, dizziness, tiredness, headache, ailing, dilating (widening) of the pupil, itching, restlessness, sedation, somnolence, stupor, abnormal rapid heart rate, tremors and urinary retention have been reported.
If you forget to take Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets
If you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as you remember, but wait at least 24 hours before taking the next tablet. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following side effect is very rare, but you must stop taking the tablets and speak to your doctor straight away if you notice these symptoms:
•A severe allergic reaction including rash, itchiness and fever, swollen throat, face, eyelids or lips. This reaction may start soon after you first take the medicine, or it might start later.
The following side effects have also been reported.
Common side effects (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
•Fatigue, somnolence (sleepiness)
•Dry mouth, nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea (children only)
•Pain in the abdomen
•Pharyngitis (sore throat), rhinitis (swelling and irritation inside the nose (children only))
Uncommon side effects (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
•Pruritus (itching), rash
•Asthenia (feeling of weakness), malaise (feeling of being generally unwell)
•Par aesthesia (abnormal feelings of the skin), tingling in the hands and feet
Rare side effects (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
•Tachycardia (heart beating fast)
•Oedema (generalized swelling due to water retention)
•Liver function abnormal (your doctor will know what to do)
Very rare side effects (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
•Severe allergic reactions
•Thrombocytopenia (low level of blood platelets)
•Accommodation disorder (impaired ability of the eye to focus), blurred vision, oculogyration (eyes moving in an uncontrolled circular manner)
•Unusual bleeding or bruising
•Syncope (fainting), tremor, dysgeusia (altered taste)
•Tics (sudden abnormal repetitive muscle movement)
Not known side effects
•Loss of memory, memory impairment
In very rare cases people have thought about committing suicide and if you feel this way then stop taking the tablets and see your doctor.
If you develop one of the side effects described above, please inform your doctor.
At the first signs of an allergic (hypersensitivity) reaction, stop taking Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets and contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an allergic (hypersensitivity) reaction include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat. Your doctor will then assess the severity and decide on any further measures that may be necessary.
If you think you have any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
HOW TO STORE CETIRIZINE 10 MG TABLETS
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets after the expiry date which is stated on the box and blister.
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.