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Cetirizine injection

What is this medicine?

CETIRIZINE (se TI ra zeen) is an antihistamine. It is used to treat hives.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • changes in taste

  • dry mouth

  • headache

  • sore throat

  • tiredness

  • upset stomach

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • narcotic medicines for pain

  • other medicines for colds or allergies

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply. This medicine is not for regular use.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This medicine is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to cetirizine, hydroxyzine, levocetirizine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2020 Elsevier