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Zyrtec Tablets, 70 Count, 10 mg

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  • TAG : What is over-the-counter ZYRTEC®?
  • While both Claritin and Zyrtec have relatively few side effects, some individuals may have a reaction to the drugs—usually a mild side effect that will not require contacting a doctor. For those taking other medication, including other allergy relief drugs, speaking to a doctor before taking Claritin or Zyrtec, too, is advisable.

    Claritin is available in solid tablets, liquid syrup, and quick-dissolving tablets. Likewise, Zyrtec is available in both non-chewable and chewable forms, as well as in liquid syrup.

  • Serious side effects are rare for both Claritin and Zyrtec, but they can happen. In the event of experiencing one of the side effects below, patients are advised to contact their doctor immediately.

    Zyrtec's serious side effects may include a fast and heavy or irregular , extreme restlessness, uncontrollable shaking, sleep problems like insomnia, urinary retention, vision problems, and confusion.

    Form: Capsules
    Model: 20443
    Brand: Zyrtec
    Assembled Product Weight: 0.03 Pounds

  • Adverse Experiences Placebo
    5 mg
    10 mg
    Headache 12.3% 11.0% 14.0%
    Pharyngitis 2.9% 6.2% 2.8%
    Abdominal pain 1.9% 4.4% 5.6%
    Coughing 3.9% 4.4% 2.8%
    Somnolence 1.3% 1.9% 4.2%
    Diarrhea 1.3% 3.1% 1.9%
    Epistaxis 2.9% 3.7% 1.9%
    Bronchospasm 1.9% 3.1% 1.9%
    Nausea 1.9% 1.9% 2.8%
    Vomiting 1.0% 2.5% 2.3%

    Allergic reactions to Claritin or Zyrtec are very rare, thus their over-the-counter status. An allergic reaction to either of these drugs may include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Those experiencing allergic reactions to Claritin, Zyrtec, or any other drugs should contact emergency care immediately.

What symptoms does ZYRTEC® relieve?

A: The most similar product to Zyrtec is Claritin. There is a generic version of Zyrtec available and it is called cetirizine. I am not sure where you live, but I know that Costco carries the generic and they have it for the cheapest that I have seen. Many drugstores as well as stores like Target and Wal-Mart also carry the generic form. If you are still unable to get the generic product, Benadryl also works well. However, there is a high possibility that it will cause drowsiness. Benadryl also comes in generic and is called diphenhydramine. Perhaps your insurance will cover the Zyrtec if you get a prescription. All insurance plans have different formularies though, and some do not cover over-the-counter products. You could call your insurance and ask them if it is on the formulary. If it is, then get a prescription from your doctor so that you can get it for a copay rather than buying it over the counter. Megan Uehara, PharmD