Does xyzal make you drowsy?

So you’re looking to take Xyzal, but you’re worried about getting drowsy? Well, let me tell you something: the road to a good night’s sleep may just be paved with antihistamines. But before you go gobbling up pills like candy on Halloween, let’s dive into the facts and figures.

What is Xyzal?

Xyzal is an over-the-counter allergy medication that contains levocetirizine dihydrochloride as its active ingredient. It works by blocking histamine receptors in the body, which can help reduce symptoms of allergies such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and itching in your throat or nose. So if you’ve ever felt like scratching your eyeballs out after a particularly pollen-filled day outside – this might just be what the doctor ordered (well…it doesn’t actually require a prescription).

Does It Make You Drowsy?

Now we get to meat of things! This question has been asked so many times that it’s almost become cliché at this point – does taking Xyzal make you drowsy? Fortunately for all those asking this question till date- no, taking prescribed doses of Xyzal generally does not cause any significant drowsiness.

However…and there’s always one…[TABLE 1]

Potential Side Effects Frequency
Fatigue/Tiredness <2%
Dry Mouth/Vagina <1%
Abdominal Pain/Stomach Upset 2-5%
Headache ≤5%

As shown above fatigue occurred for less than two percent who studied while dry mouth was documented on even fewer patients [less than one percent].

Keep in mind though, everyone’s individual body chemistry and tolerance to drugs may differ. Always read the label carefully, and if you feel drowsy after taking it please do not operate heavy machinery (which includes car driving).

Can’t I Just Take Benadryl Instead?

Surely getting knocked-out cold every time your seasonal allergies kick in is a viable solution – right? Not so much. The active ingredient in Benadryl is diphenhydramine, which works differently than levocetirizine dihydrochloride found in Xyzal.

Diphenhydramine tends to cause more pronounced drowsiness as compared to other antihistamines such as cetirizine or loratadine which generally don’t cause any significant effect on sleep patterns. However, that said, we still recommend consulting with your doctor before choosing an allergy medication as they can take into account any pre-existing health conditions while also directing what is best for you.

So What Are My Alternatives?

If Xyzal isn’t doing the trick for you [and after all this stargazing it very well might] – here are some other options:


Active Ingredient: Loratadine.
Formulations available: tablet/capsule/liquid/gel-tablet form.
Typical Dosage: 10mg/day

Claritin has been proven effective against hay fever without causing sedation or fatigue making it one of the most popular over-the-counter alternatives to Xyzal,


Active Ingredient: Fexofenadine
Formulations available: tablet/larger dosage capsule form
Typical Dosage : 60 mg-240 mg daily

Allegra reduces symptoms of hay fever including sneezing, runny nose & itchiness but keeps its users wide-eyed [no Yawns please].


Active Ingredient: Cetirizine
Formulations available: tablet/capsule/liquid.
Typical Dosage : 5mg-10mg daily [For adults]

Zyrtec is known to be less effective against hay fever when compared to Xyzal, but it causes no fatigue or sedation.

Parting Words

In conclusion – Xyzal should not make you drowsy. Studies have found that levocetirizine dihydrochloride generally has low instances of side-effects (much lower than other popular antihistamines such as Benadryl) and ultimately does an excellent job counteracting allergy symptoms for most users. However– if sleepiness arises after use please refrain from activities that require alertness while continuing task around the house in a tranquil state can help induce good quality sleep.

Finally, I hope this article helped clear any questions regarding xzyl ! Sleep like all things being fundamental for life is directly impacted by health and well-being hopefully now with xyzal by your side allergy induced issues are one step further towards getting behind us.

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