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 387 108
seasonal allergy 183 74
allergic rhinitis 103 36
perennial allergy 64 26
Seasonal allergy symptoms 34 16
General health 19 4

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 13
Moderate 18
Mild 52
None 197

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cetirizine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 17
Sleepiness 14
Dry mouth 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5
Dizziness 3
Dry eyes 3

Show all 33 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cetirizine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 126
10mg as needed 15
10 mg twice daily 9
20 mg daily 6
5 mg daily 5
30 mg daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
5mg as needed 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1
5-120 mg daily 1

See all 16 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Cetirizine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 65
Other 37
Side effects too severe 27
Doctor's advice 23
Course of treatment ended 20
Expense 17
Personal research 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 165 patients who've stopped taking Cetirizine

Duration

Currently taking Cetirizine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 50
10 years or more 43

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 22
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 202
Usually 52
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 239
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 24
< $25 143
Not specified 110
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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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