Cetirizine vs Zyrtec

Cetirizine
(OTC)
Zyrtec
(OTC)
Cetirizine is a systemic antihistamine.
Zyrtec is a systemic antihistamine.
Satisfaction Score
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3.6
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.7
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Allergy
3.1
Concern level
1.7
Helpfulness
for Allergy
2.5
Concern level
1.6
Approval Date
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Not Available
September 27, 1996
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
7,834 Discussions
71,221 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Allergy
#2 for Itching
#4 for Hives
#5 for Rash
#6 for Eczema
Cetirizine is approved for Allergy, Itching, Seasonal Allergies and Rash and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. In addition, our data suggest that it is taken for Hives, although it is not approved for this condition.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Allergy
#2 for Itching
#3 for Hives
#4 for Rash
#6 for Eczema
#7 for Congestion
Zyrtec is approved for Allergy and Itching and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. In addition, our data suggest that it is taken for Hives, although it is not approved for this condition.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Cet
Hair Loss
8
Withdrawal Symptoms
5
Dry Mouth
4
Wheezing
2
Fungal Infection
2
Weight Gain
2
Watery Eyes
2
High Blood Pressure
2
Diabetes
1
Palpitations
1
Zyr
Weight Gain
3
Withdrawal Symptoms
3
Weight Loss
1
Dry Mouth
1
Nose Bleeds
1
Mood Swings
1
Behavior Problems
1
Nightmares
1
Dry Eyes
1
Tachycardia
1
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Cetirizine
Cet
Zyrtec
Zyr
Hair Loss
Cet
Zyr
8
0
Withdrawal Symptoms
Cet
Zyr
5
3
Dry Mouth
Cet
Zyr
4
1
Wheezing
Cet
Zyr
2
0
Fungal Infection
Cet
Zyr
2
0
Weight Gain
Cet
Zyr
2
3
Watery Eyes
Cet
Zyr
2
0
High Blood Pressure
Cet
Zyr
2
0
Diabetes
Cet
Zyr
1
0
Palpitations
Cet
Zyr
1
0
Weight Gain
Zyr
Cet
3
2
Withdrawal Symptoms
Zyr
Cet
3
5
Weight Loss
Zyr
Cet
1
0
Dry Mouth
Zyr
Cet
1
4
Nose Bleeds
Zyr
Cet
1
0
Mood Swings
Zyr
Cet
1
0
Behavior Problems
Zyr
Cet
1
0
Nightmares
Zyr
Cet
1
0
Dry Eyes
Zyr
Cet
1
0
Tachycardia
Zyr
Cet
1
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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B Category B
Before taking Cetirizine during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
B Category B
Before taking Zyrtec during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Cetirizine and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Zyrtec and alcohol.
Method of use
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Pill, Syrup
Pill, Syrup
Dosages
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Solution: 5 mg/5 mL, 1 mg/mL
Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg
Capsule: 10 mg
Prefilled Spoon: 5 mg/5 mL
Syrup: 5 mg/5 mL
Tablet: 5 mg, 10 mg
Capsule: 10 mg
Solution: 1 mg/mL
Syrup: 1 mg/mL
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Cetirizine Hcl
Cetirizine Hcl
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Cetirizine and Zyrtec: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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Xyzal is better option
| Sammy11
When I was in active duty. I developed an allergy called angioedema. It's a life threatening condition. The army gave me long list of medications. Nothing work nothing helped other than Xyzal. its by far the best allergy medicine but its not popular, and some doctors I talked to didn't even know about it.

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Zyrtec is way better that the low price shit cetrizine
| Tord
Zyrtec is the best of all the alergy pills i have used. yes it kinda makes you sleepy but, it doesnt fuck up your brain as sleeping pills do! Cetrizine is a low price shit without any effect! i personally recommend Zyrtec as it works and i have no problems whatsoever with it, for all the years that i have used it!
Ur friendly neighborhood pharmacist
August 21, 2014
Lots of times with many not all but many of the generic brands don't use as much of the active ingredient to save $$$$ for the drug companies. This mainly happens with prescription drugs and not OTC meds. That's probably y the generic does not work as well for u.
Moron
June 1, 2014
Zyrtec is just a brand name. Cetirizine HCL is the chemical name. They are one and the same. Just like Advil is the brand name for Ibuprofen.

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