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Is zyrtec over the counter or prescription?

Available as a prescription drug since 2001, Zyrtec-D is now approved as an over-the-counter drug for the relief of symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies such as runny nose; sneezing; itchy, watery eyes; itchy nose or throat; and nasal congestion.

Is Zyrtec a prescription drug? Unlike other antihistamines, Zyrtec is non-sedating. It was approved by the FDA in September 1996. Originally, Zyrtec is a prescription drug but in November 2007, the FDA has made it available over the counter.

How often do I take Zyrtec? Overall, Zyrtec is most often often dosed once daily, especially in adults. Children doses range from once to twice daily. If you are experiencing continuous symptoms of allergy, itchy eyes/nose, postnasal drip or congestion, it may be time to see a doctor.

What is the prescription strength for Zyrtec? Zyrtec is a once daily medication that you take at the same time every day. It comes in two different strengths for children and adults, either 5mg or 10mg. For small children, there is a prescription strength that is dosed by weight.

What is Zyrtec allergy? Zyrtec is an allergy medication that combats your typical allergy symptoms: watery/itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, hives, and itching. Zyrtec works by blocking histamine, a substance that the body produces during an allergic reaction.

Precautions

Precautions

  • Room temperature

  • For dropperette, single-use drop dispenser products : Wash hands before and after using. May wear contact lenses 10 minutes after using. Do not touch tip of open eye drop bottle. Wait 5 min. before other eye medications. May sting or burn after applying. May blur vision. Use caution when driving. Protect from heat,light,& moisture. Avoid smoking, allergens, smoke and irritants.
  • For solution, oral products : Measure dose using a dosing spoon/cup/syringe. If diabetic, be aware this drug may have sugar.
  • Room temperature

  • For dropperette, single-use drop dispenser products : Wash hands before and after using. May wear contact lenses 10 minutes after using. Do not touch tip of open eye drop bottle. Wait 5 min. before other eye medications. May sting or burn after applying. May blur vision. Use caution when driving. Protect from heat,light,& moisture. Avoid smoking, allergens, smoke and irritants.
  • For solution, oral products : Measure dose using a dosing spoon/cup/syringe. If diabetic, be aware this drug may have sugar.
  • For tablet products : May make you sleepy. Use caution when driving. Reduce or avoid drinking alcohol. Avoid other drugs that make you sleepy. Do not take more drug than directed. Avoid other medicines containing the same drug. Call doctor if you are not getting better.
  • For tablet,chewable products : Chew medicine completely before swallowing.
  • For tablet,disintegrating products : Place medicine on tongue to dissolve.

What are side effects of Zyrtec?Any warnings while using Zyrtec?Is Zyrtec contraindicated for any condition?How to use Zyrtec?What if you missed a dose of Zyrtec?What if you overdose on Zyrtec?

For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice.

Reviewed by a panel of doctors. Source: First Databank

Was this helpful?Is Zyrtec an over the counter medication? Zyrtec is an over-the-counter medication used to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies such as itching, sneezing, and runny nose. Zyrtec is the brand name for the drug cetirizine.

Is Zyrtec and Singulair the same type of drug? Yes, many of us take that combo or have taken that combo. Zyrtec is an antihistimine, and Sigulair is an anti-leukotriine. They both work on aspects of the allergic reaction, but different parts. Some say that Singulair only has a mild effect, but I wouldn’t do without mine. I can tell I missed a dose very quickly.

What is the drug Zyrtec used to treat?

ZYRTEC® can be used for temporarily relief of the following common allergy symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Itching of the nose or throat

How often to take Zyrtec? Overall, Zyrtec is most often often dosed once daily, especially in adults. Children doses range from once to twice daily. If you are experiencing continuous symptoms of allergy, itchy eyes/nose, postnasal drip or congestion, it may be time to see a doctor. He or she may prescribe a nasal steroid for better relief.