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 357 96
Seasonal Allergy 166 62
Allergic Rhinitis 93 28
Perennial Allergy 64 25
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 9
Moderate 16
Mild 49
None 171

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cetirizine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 15
Sleepiness 13
Dry mouth 12
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5
Dizziness 3
Dry eyes 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cetirizine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 101
10mg as needed 17
10 mg twice daily 7
20 mg daily 5
5 mg daily 4
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 36
Doctor's advice 22
Side effects too severe 21
Expense 19
Course of treatment ended 17
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
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Duration

Currently taking Cetirizine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 29

Stopped taking Cetirizine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 173
Usually 49
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 209
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 23
< $25 124
Not specified 95
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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: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
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: 0 stars
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)

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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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