What is Cetirizine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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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 399 111
Seasonal allergy 185 75
Allergic rhinitis 110 41
Perennial allergy 64 26
General health 19 4

Show all 74 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 19
Mild 53
None 202

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cetirizine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 18
Sleepiness 14
Dry mouth 12
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5
Dizziness 3
Dry eyes 3

Show all 35 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cetirizine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 117
10mg as needed 12
10 mg twice daily 9
5 mg daily 6
20 mg daily 6
30 mg daily 3
10 mg four times daily 3
20 mg twice daily 2
5mg as needed 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1

See all 17 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Cetirizine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 67
Other 38
Side effects too severe 27
Doctor's advice 25
Course of treatment ended 20
Expense 17
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 170 patients who've stopped taking Cetirizine

Duration

Currently taking Cetirizine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 44
10 years or more 44

Stopped taking Cetirizine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 207
Usually 55
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 247
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 26
< $25 147
Not specified 113

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Cetirizine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levocetirizine (Xyzal) 2
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29 patient evaluations for Cetirizine

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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