The proven allergy relief of ZYRTEC® plus a powerful decongestant.
Find it behind the pharmacy counter. No prescription needed.*
*In most states.
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if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients or to an antihistamine containing hydroxyzine
if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric, or emotional conditions, or Parkinson’s disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains an MAOI, ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this product
Ask a doctor before use if you have:
high blood pressure
trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland
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:
do not use more than directed
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
you get nervous, dizzy, or sleepless
symptoms do not improve within 7 days or are accompanied by fever
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)
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.
Is the OTC version of ZYRTEC® (cetirizine HCl) the same as the Rx strength?
Yes, OTC ZYRTEC® is the same strength once available only by prescription. You can count on OTC ZYRTEC®for effective 24-hour relief.
What symptoms does ZYRTEC® relieve?
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.
How long will it take before I can expect relief with ZYRTEC®?
ZYRTEC® (cetirizine HCl) begins to work in as little as 1 hour and provides effective 24-hour relief.
What is the proper way to dispose of unused or expired medicines?
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.
Where can I learn more about proper medicine disposal?
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.
What are some common upper respiratory allergy symptoms?
People with allergies often experience sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose (nasal congestion) or itchy, watery eyes.
How many types of upper respiratory allergies are there and what’s the difference?
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.
What can I do to alleviate my indoor upper respiratory allergy symptoms?
Keep windows closed and use air conditioning.
Stay indoors during peak pollen hours: usually 5 am to 10 am.
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