Zyrtec (cetirizine) is an over-the-counter anti-histamine indicated in the symptoms of cold and allergy. These symptoms include but not limited to sneezing, itching, and swelling.
Zyrtec dosage forms are tablets, syrups, and chewable tablets.
The active pharmaceutical Zyrtec ingredient (that is generic Zyrtec) is cetirizine.
Zyrtec-D is a formulation containing cetirizine and pseudoephedrine. Similarly, zyrtec-D is used to treat cold and the symptoms of allergy which includes sneezing, itching, nasal congestion.
Zyrtec should be taken once a day (a single-daily dose). It comes in 5 milligrams or 10 milligrams for table dosage forms, 1mg/ml for syrups and 5mg/10mg for chewable tablets. Zyrtec is taken with food. This means that it should not be taken in an empty stomach. Individuals from twelve (12) years and above should start with an initial dose of 5mg to 10mg per day depending on the severity of their allergy (hypersensitivity reaction).
Zyrtec for Dogs
Zyrtec has been used to treat dermatitis in dogs. This practice has not been approved and it is usually done under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Dermatitis usually leads itching of the skin in dogs. Administration of Zyrtec to dogs is usually done according to its weight.
Zyrtec for dogs has been considered safe and effective. However, a veterinarian’s recommendation is necessary before its use owing to its harmful effects on pets with liver problem, kidney problem and those that are pregnant or nursing.
Zyrtec-D (a decongestant formulation of Zyrtec) should not be used in dogs as it is harmful to them. Additionally, Zyrtec should not be given to dogs or cats that are allergic to antihistamines.
Consult a veterinarian prior to administering Zyrtec in cases of allergies in dogs.
Zyrtec side effects
The side effects of Zyrtec that require doctor’s attention are:
Oliguria or anuria (little or no urination)
Weakness, sleep disorders, tremors and
Irregular fast heartbeat.
Mild side effects of Zyrtec