Allergies are nothing to sneeze at, so to speak, as they can cause you to lose time from school or work, miss out on family or social events, and lose sleep. Who can look their best with puffy, watery eyes and a red, runny nose? Zyrtec Syrup is also recommended for treating the redness and itching of hives, known as urticaria. Read directions carefully regarding dosages for children.
Zyrtec Syrup (called Reactine in Canada) contains Cetirizine, a potent histamine antagonist that will help reduce your symptoms and get you back to doing what you enjoy without toting around several boxes of tissues. You do not need a prescription for Zyrtec Syrup, but you should talk to a pharmacist or pediatrician if you intend to administer it to a young child to confirm it would be safe to do so.
When taken as directed, Cetirizine will interfere with the action of histamine by blocking it from attaching to its receptors. In the case of allergic rhinitis, the histamine receptors located in your upper respiratory tract. Normally when signaled, histamine attaches to cells in your body and causes vascular permeability. In other words, the walls of small blood vessels allow fluid and other minor components to pass through causing leakage and swelling. With Zyrtec Syrup blocking that action, there is less leakage and your symptoms are reduced.
Hives involves a sudden outbreak of reddish colored, swollen bumps on your skin. The area affected could be random and cover different parts of your body, or it may be in a specific area that was bitten or stung by an insect or from contact with poison ivy or something you are allergic to. Your immune system then believes that you have encountered a threat so it takes measures to protect you. In the case of hives, histamine is released from nearby cells to cause blood vessels to seep fluids just beneath the surface of your skin. As the fluid pools, it causes the ‘wheals’ or round shaped welts that itch or burn.
Even though you do not need a prescription for Zyrtec Syrup, you should consult with your doctor before taking it if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding to check for any possible risks. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements to decide if Zyrtec Syrup is safe for you to take.
Until you know how Zyrtec Syrup will affect you, do not operate a vehicle, machinery or attempt any task that could be considered unsafe if you are not fully alert. Never share any of your OTC or Rx meds with others. Keep Zyrtec Syrup out of children’s reach and away from pets. Use a proper dosing spoon or syringe for children taking Zyrtec Syrup.
Seek immediate medical attention if you, or your child, has difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, seizures, or irregular heart as these could indicate an allergic reaction to the ingredients of Zyrtec Syrup.