Levocetirizine vs Zyrtec

Levocetirizine
(Rx)
Zyrtec
(OTC)
Levocetirizine is a systemic antihistamine.
Zyrtec is a systemic antihistamine.
Satisfaction Score
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3.3
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.7
Moderately Satisfied
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 + -
1,192 Discussions
71,075 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Allergy
#2 for Hives
#6 for Dermatitis
#8 for Eczema
Levocetirizine is prescribed for Allergy and is mostly mentioned together with this indication. 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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Lev
Dry Mouth
10
Wheezing
4
Blurred Vision
2
Fungal Infection
2
Palpitations
1
Diabetes
1
Appetite Changes
1
Hair Loss
1
Weight Gain
1
Watery Eyes
1
Zyr
Weight Gain
1
Withdrawal Symptoms
1
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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Levocetirizine
Lev
Zyrtec
Zyr
Dry Mouth
Lev
Zyr
10
1
Wheezing
Lev
Zyr
4
0
Blurred Vision
Lev
Zyr
2
0
Fungal Infection
Lev
Zyr
2
0
Palpitations
Lev
Zyr
1
0
Diabetes
Lev
Zyr
1
0
Appetite Changes
Lev
Zyr
1
0
Hair Loss
Lev
Zyr
1
0
Weight Gain
Lev
Zyr
1
1
Watery Eyes
Lev
Zyr
1
0
Weight Gain
Zyr
Lev
1
1
Withdrawal Symptoms
Zyr
Lev
1
0
Weight Loss
Zyr
Lev
1
0
Dry Mouth
Zyr
Lev
1
10
Nose Bleeds
Zyr
Lev
1
0
Mood Swings
Zyr
Lev
1
0
Behavior Problems
Zyr
Lev
1
0
Nightmares
Zyr
Lev
1
0
Dry Eyes
Zyr
Lev
1
0
Tachycardia
Zyr
Lev
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 Levocetirizine 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 Levocetirizine and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Zyrtec and alcohol.
Method of use
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Pill
Pill, Syrup
Dosages
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Solution: 2.5 mg/5 mL
Tablet: 5 mg
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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Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride
Cetirizine Hcl
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Levocetirizine 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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