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Levocetirizine

Antihistamine

Uses of Levocetirizine

  • levocetirizine is used to relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis (seasonal and perennial).
  • It is also used for treat symptoms of hives, including itching and rash.

Side effects of Levocetirizine

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sore throat

How Levocetirizine works

  • Levocetirizine is an anti-allergic agent.
  • It is an antihistamine that blocks the effects of histamine, a chemical released by the body during an allergic reaction. Histamine causes sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itching, and watery eyes. 
  • It blocks the effects of histamine to reduce these symptoms.

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Expert Advice

Dosage Forms Available

  • Levocetirizine can be taken orally (tablet and solution).

Age And Dose Restrictions 

  • Adults and children can use it above 6 months of age. 

Contraindications 

  • It is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to Levocetirizine. It is also contraindicated in patients with end-stage kidney disease and children 6 to 11 years of age with kidney impairment.

Other Medications To Avoid With This Medicine

  • Avoid taking antidepressants (imipramine), anti-anxiety medications (buspirone), antiepileptics (carbamazepine), anti-HIV medications (ritonavir), sedatives (benzodiazepines), sleeping pills (alprazolam) and bronchodilators (theophylline). These medications may alter the safety and effectiveness of Levocetirizine.

Overdose And Missed Dose

  • Overdose can cause drowsiness, anxiety and restlessness. These symptoms need to be managed as an emergency in a hospital setting. Therefore, strict adherence to the prescribed dose is essential. 
  • If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. But, if the next dose is near, skip the missed dose and resume the regular dosing regime.

Management Of Side Effects

  • The side effects of Levocetirizine are generally harmless and resolve on discontinuation of the tablet. If you experience severe or persistent side effects from this tablet, consult your doctor for a possible treatment plan adjustment.

Use In Pregnancy And Lactation

  • Caution is advised while taking Levocetirizine during pregnancy. It is not recommended during breastfeeding.

Caution In Other Conditions

  • Caution is advised in patients who are unable to empty their bladder due to spinal cord injury or enlarged prostate and in patients with seizures or convulsions.

Special Dietary And Lifestyle Recommendation

  • Identify and avoid specific allergens that trigger your allergic rhinitis symptoms. Common triggers include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold, and food allergens. 
  • Take steps to minimise exposure to these allergens, such as keeping windows closed during high pollen seasons or using dust mite-proof covers for bedding.
  • Wear a face mask before leaving the home, while dusting and even in the kitchen.
  • Minimise alcohol consumption, as it may exacerbate specific side effects associated with these medications, such as drowsiness.

Frequently asked questions

This medicine typically begins to work within a few minutes to hours after it is taken, providing relatively fast relief from symptoms associated with allergic reactions such as rhinitis or hives.

No, this medicine is not habit-forming and is generally safe when used as directed.

This medicine may cause dizziness and weakness. It is recommended to avoid doing activities that require mental alertness or coordination till you know how the medication affects you.

The use of this medicine is not known to impair female fertility.

This medicine is available over the counter. However, it is recommended to take it after a doctor's consultation to ensure the medicine is safe for your specific condition.

This medicine is not known to cause constipation as a side effect. However, individual responses may vary. If you experience persistent constipation while taking this medication, consult your doctor.

This medicine is generally safe for short-term use to relieve allergy symptoms. However, for prolonged or recurrent symptoms, it's advisable to consult a healthcare professional for guidance on long-term management.

No, this medicine is not typically used to treat cough.

This medicine is safe for patients with liver impairment. 

This medicine is not known to induce sleep specifically. However, it can cause dizziness and drowsiness.

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