What is Levocetirizine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Xyzal Levocet Levogex

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Levocetirizine is a used to provide relief of symptoms of perennial and seasonal allergic rhinitis; treatment of skin manifestations (uncomplicated) of chronic idiopathic urticaria.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Itching 13 4
Hives (urticaria) 6 3
Seasonal allergy 4 2
Allergic rhinitis 3 1
Idiopathic angioedema 3 1

Show all 13 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 1
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 25

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levocetirizine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 2
Sleepiness 2
Dry eyes 1
Dry mouth 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levocetirizine

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 17
10 mg twice daily 2
15 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
10mg as needed 1
5mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Levocetirizine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 9
Course of treatment ended 3
Doctor's advice 3
Expense 2
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
Personal research 1
See all 18 patients who've stopped taking Levocetirizine

Duration

Currently taking Levocetirizine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped taking Levocetirizine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 27
Usually 1
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 25
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 14
Not specified 13

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levocetirizine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cetirizine (Zyrtec) 4
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 4
Cetirizine-pseudoephedrine (Zyrtec-D) 1
Desloratadine (Clarinex) 1
Diphenhydramine (IV or IM) (Benadryl IV) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Levocetirizine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 1
Fluticasone nasal spray (Flonase Nasal Spray) 1
Loratadine (Claritin) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Levocetirizine

Apr 1, 2010 (Started Feb 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for itching)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hives (urticaria))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for rhinitis (nasal inflammation))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Expensive
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Feb 25, 2010 (Started Feb 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for itching)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hives (urticaria))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rhinitis (nasal inflammation))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Has improved Avonex side effects. Not sure if hives/itching was caused by Avonex, but the Xyzal has definitely eliminated that condition. This has been an excellent treatment. Has taken the place of 3 other medications! (Zantac, Zyrtec and Benadryl) and absolutely no sleepiness/drowsiness.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 18, 2009 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Side effects: sleepiness

Nov 20, 2008 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Side effects: sleepiness

Sep 21, 2008 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: sleepiness

  • 0 helpful marks
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