Cetzine, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Cetzine?

Cetzine is the brand name for film coated tablets used in the treatment of cold allergies and skin allergies. This tablet is manufactured and marketed by Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. It is available in the packaging of 10 tablets per strip. It is to be administered orally.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. What is the Dosage ?
  7. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  8. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  9. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  10. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  11. Is Cetzine available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  12. Frequently asked questions
  13. Reference

 

Cetzine - uses, side-effects, dosage

Cetzine – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

The active component and generic name of Cetzine tablet is Cetirizine. It is a second generation of antihistamine used in the treatment of allergies and hay fever, this drug is available in  two forms syrup of 5 mg/5ml and caplets of 10mg.

How does it work ?

Cetirizine is an anti-allergic medication. It is from antihistamine class of medicines, is useful in combating allergic conditions. To fight the symptoms of allergy it inhibits the actions of a naturally occurring substance in the body called histamine.

What are it’s uses ?

Cetzine is used to treat common cold, cough, sneezing , hay fever, postnasal discharge, dermatitis, skin rashes among other allergy symptoms.

How effective is this medicine ?

This medicine is very effective in the treatment of all the diseases listed above, when taken in dosage and frequency as suggested by the Doctor.

What are the Side Effects ?

Some of the reported side effects of Cetzine are :

  • Signs of flu like headache, sweating, fever, aches etc.
  • Drowsiness, Dizziness
  • Phases of nervousness and excitement
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in belly
  • Stuffiness in nose
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tics
  • Movement disorders
  • Breathing trouble
  • Chest pain
  • Pain in joints
  • Sleepiness
  • Light-headedness
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Dry mouth, taste disorders
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling of exhaustion or tiredness

Stop using the medicine and seek emergency medical help or consult a doctor immediately if you see any of the adverse effects listed above.


What is the Dosage ?

The commonly prescribed dosage for Cetzine is described below:

  • Adults: Single dose of 10 mg daily
  • Children (above 6 years) : Single dose of 5 mg daily
  • Children (below 6 years) : Take doctors advice
  • Infants : Contraindicated
  • Pregnancy :  Contraindicated
  • Breast Feeding : Contraindicated

The dosage  for this tablets may vary with the patient’s age and the problem for which it is being administered.
Please consult with doctor to know about the correct dosage for the speedy recovery of the patient.

Tablet - dosage

Tablet – dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

  • Take this medicine only on doctors advice
  • Don’t consume alcohol while on this drug
  • Don’t drive within 12 hours of taking this drug
  • Avoid giving this to infants, pregnant women and on breast feeding.
  • Take full course of treatment
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine or any of their excipient
  • Do not take this medicinal product after the expiry date stated on the carton package
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicine
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from any disease
  • Keep this medicine out of the reach of children

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

Yes, this medicine can be prescribed if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘B’ No risk in other studies: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Consult your gynecologist before administering this drug. Please, do not self medicate.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

Taking this medicine is possibly safe to use if you are breast feeding or planning to start breast feeding. Consult your Doctor or a healthcare expert before administering this medicine to lactating mothers.

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

This medicine should not be given to children under 6 years of age, unless advised/ prescribed by a qualified doctor.
Consult a pediatrician about the dosage and therapeutic requirements before using this medicine for children.

Cetzine is not advisable for infants. The drug may be harmful to infants.


Is Cetzine available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

No, Cetzine is not available as an over the counter or an OTC product. It is a prescription medicine, which is to be prescribed by a qualified doctor only. Please consult with the doctor regarding correct dosage, timing and duration of use of this medicine. Please do not self-medicate yourself with this medicine.

Frequently asked questions

Is cetirizine a narcotic drug or steroidal medication?
No, cetirizine is not a narcotic or steroidal drug. It belongs to a class of medications called antihistamines.
What is the best time to take this medicine ?
The generic Cetirizine present in this medication is reported to have sedative side effects and cause dizziness and drowsiness. It is advised to take this medicine after dinner before going to bed.
Refrain from driving any motor vehicle after taking this tablets.

What if I happen to miss a dose of Cetzine tablets ?
You can take the missed dose if the time is not close for the next dose. Don’t take double dose in any case. Its always better to consult your doctor in such cases in order to avoid any bad or harmful effects.

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