Temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies:
Itchy, watery eyes
Itchy throat or nose
Adults and children 6 years and over:
One 10 mg capsule once daily; do not take more than one 10 mg capsule in 24 hours. A 5 mg product may be appropriate for less severe symptoms.
Adults 65 years and over:
Ask a doctor.
Children under 6 years of age:
Ask a doctor.
Consumers with liver or kidney disease:
Ask a doctor.
Store between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
Avoid high humidity and excessive heat above 40°C (104°F).
Protect from light.
Do not use if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients, or to an antihistamine containing hydroxyzine.
Ask a doctor before use if you have liver or kidney disease. Your doctor should determine if you need a different dose.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking tranquilizers or sedatives.
When using this product:
- drowsiness may occur
- avoid alcoholic drinks
- alcohol, sedatives and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
- be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery
Stop use and ask a doctor if an allergic reaction to this product occurs. Seek medical help right away.
If pregnant or breast-feeding:
- if breast-feeding: Not recommended
- if pregnant: Ask a health professional before use
Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. (1-800-222-1222)
Active ingredient (in each capsule): Cetirizine HCl 10 mg
Inactive ingredients: Gelatin, glycerin, mannitol, pharmaceutical ink, polyethylene glycol 400, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitan, sorbitol
Over-the-counter ZYRTEC® is a medicine that provides effective, 24-hour relief of indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms. ZYRTEC® had been available by prescription for years, but since January 2008, it is available over the counter.
Yes, OTC ZYRTEC® is the same strength once available only by prescription. You can count on OTC ZYRTEC® for effective 24-hour relief.
ZYRTEC® (cetirizine HCl) relieves runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose or throat and itchy, watery eyes due to indoor and outdoor allergies. ZYRTEC-D® Tablets provide the added benefit of relieving nasal congestion.
It is important to always read and follow label instructions. Always use the exact dosage specified on the label.
Always use the measuring device that comes with the medicine. Other items like kitchen teaspoons may not be accurate. Never use spoons, droppers or cups that come with other medicines.
If you have additional questions regarding treating your child's allergies, please speak with a doctor.
Unless instructed otherwise, do not dispose of medicines by emptying them into your sink, toilet or storm drain.
Some states may have regulations regarding pharmacy or community take-back programs in which they may receive and dispose of returned unused drugs for patients. Please contact your local pharmacy or local authority to determine if it participates in such programs.
If medicines cannot be disposed of by take-back programs, place them in an unrecognizable sealed container and dispose of the container in your household trash.
Please visit: www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm for more information.
If you sneeze a lot or have a consistent runny or stuffy nose, there's a good chance you have upper respiratory allergies. Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the United States alone.
People with allergies often experience sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose (nasal congestion) or itchy, watery eyes.
If your symptoms occur only at certain times of the year, chances are it’s seasonal allergic rhinitis, or outdoor allergies. Common triggers (substances that cause an allergic response) include tree, grass and weed pollens, or mold.
If your symptoms are year-round, it’s probably perennial allergic rhinitis, or indoor allergies. Common triggers include animal dander (tiny skin flakes or saliva from animals), indoor mold and dust mites.