What is Cetirizine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Zyrtec Members Mark Cetirizine HCL Wal-Zyr Show all

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See also: Zyrtec-D

Cetirizine HCl is an antihistamine used for the relief of indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms. It also treats itching due to chronic hives.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Allergies 370 101
Seasonal Allergy 172 67
Allergic Rhinitis 95 29
Perennial Allergy 63 24
Seasonal allergy symptoms 34 16
General health 19 4

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 12
Moderate 15
Mild 49
None 180

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cetirizine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 14
Sleepiness 13
Dry mouth 12
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5
Dizziness 3
Dry eyes 3

Show all 29 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cetirizine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 109
10mg as needed 18
10 mg twice daily 6
20 mg daily 6
5 mg daily 5
30 mg daily 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1
5-120 mg daily 1
10 mg three times daily 1
10 mg four times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Cetirizine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 61
Other 37
Side effects too severe 23
Doctor's advice 22
Course of treatment ended 19
Expense 19
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
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Duration

Currently taking Cetirizine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 37

Stopped taking Cetirizine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 183
Usually 50
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 28
Not at all hard to take 220
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 24
< $25 133
Not specified 96
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30 patient evaluations for Cetirizine

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Shell698
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Shell698
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: vb
I have:
MS

See Shell698's full Cetirizine history

Aug 7, 2016 (Started Jul 07, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Allergies)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Acid reflux)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Cetirizine history

Apr 1, 2016 (Started Aug 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seasonal Allergy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It still works great, I just cannot afford it. :-(
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Apr 28, 2015 (Started Aug 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Seasonal Allergy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The positive effects of this medication continues.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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dleighty
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dleighty
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
69 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

See dleighty's full Cetirizine history

Dec 23, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Itching under skin)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It takes thirty minutes to be effective which leaves a lot of scratching.  I scratch holes in my skin.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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