How much to take. Cetirizine comes as tablets and capsules (10mg) and as a liquid medicine (labelled either 5mg/ml or 1mg/1ml). The usual dose in adults is 10mg once daily. Doses are usually lower for people with kidney problems.
Can I take 20 mg of Zyrtec a day?
Four small studies suggest that cetirizine 20 mg daily may improve symptoms in adults with severe chronic urticaria. In Okubo et al (2013), itching and weals improved in people who took cetirizine 20 mg daily or olopatadine 5 mg twice daily as a dose increase from cetirizine 10 mg.
What is the maximum amount of Zyrtec per day?
The recommended initial dose of ZYRTEC in children aged 2 to 5 years is 2.5 mg (½ teaspoon) syrup once daily. The dosage in this age group can be increased to a maximum dose of 5 mg per day given as 1 teaspoon syrup once a day or one ½ teaspoon syrup given every 12 hours, or one 5 mg chewable tablet once a day.
How much antihistamine can I take in 24 hours?
Adults—25 to 100 milligrams (mg) three or four times a day as needed. Children 6 years of age and older—12.5 to 25 mg every six hours as needed. Children 4 to 6 years of age—12.5 mg every six hours as needed.
Can Zyrtec be taken during the day?
Cetirizine can be taken at any time of the day. In most people it is non-sedating, so they take it in the morning. However, a percentage of people do find it to be sedating so if it does make you drowsy it is best to take it in the evening. Cetirizine can be taken with or without food.
Can I take 40 mg of Zyrtec?
In fact, current European guidelines recommend up to four times the usual recommended dose of antihistamine in patients who symptoms persist with standard therapy . For example, doses of up to 40 mg of cetirizine, 20 mg of desloratadine, and 480 mg of fexofenadine may be used in adults.
Can I take 4 Zyrtec a day?
Adults and children 6 years and older can take cetirizine capsules and tablets. The usual dosage for adults younger than 65 years and children who are 6 years and older is one 10-milligram (mg) dose per day. You shouldn’t take more than 10 mg in 24 hours.
Can I take cetirizine 10 mg twice a day?
Always take Cetirizine 10 mg Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure. Tablets need to be swallowed with a glass of liquid. The recommended dose is 5 mg twice daily as half a tablet twice a day.
Can you take more than 1 Zyrtec?
You might only need to use one dose of Zyrtec. Or, if you have chronic or seasonal allergies, you may need to take it regularly to prevent symptoms during the time your allergies are active.
How long does Zyrtec last for?
Effects persist for at least 24 hours following a single dose of Zyrtec. No tolerance has been found to Zyrtec’s antihistaminic effect. Once discontinued, the skin recovers its normal reactivity to histamine within three days.
Is it OK to take 2 antihistamines?
As well as taking a non-drowsy antihistamine during the day (such as cetirizine or loratadine), your doctor may advise that you take a sedating antihistamine at night time if the itch is making it difficult to sleep. Do not take 2 antihistamines together unless recommended by your doctor.
Can I take 2 24 hour allergy pills?
Do NOT “double-up” on a dose. Do NOT take a dose sooner than you’re supposed to. Do NOT take two different antihistamines at the same time. Instead, talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have trouble finding a drug that works well for your allergy symptoms.
Can I take 2 Zyrtec a day?
There have been reports of patients taking 15-18 times the recommended dose of Zyrtec (recommended dose is 10 mg) and having some adverse effects (restlessness, irritability, somnolence). Taking two 10mg tablets should not cause you to have any serious problems.
Can Zyrtec cause anxiety?
Antihistamines are known to cause extreme drowsiness; however, in certain people, they can cause insomnia, excitability, anxiety, restlessness, and a rapid heart rate.
Can Zyrtec make you gain weight?
Antihistamines that can cause weight gain include: Diphenhydramine (Benadryl and others) Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
Can you get addicted to Zyrtec?
You CAN become dependent on Zyrtec and have itchy withdrawals from the allergy drug.