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Alerid 10mg (Cetirizine)


Alerid Cetirizine is an antiallergic used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as  sneezing, itching, watery eyes or running nose and skin allergies.

How it works

Cetirizine belongs to the group of medicines called antihistamines. It acts by blocking a natural substance (histamine) that is produced in the body during an allergic reaction.

Cetirizine is an antihistamine. This medicine is used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever (allergy to pollen and other substances present in the air) and the allergy to other substances like dust mites, animal dander and cockroaches etc., the various symptoms of the allergy includes:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itching (nose / throat)
  • Hives

However Cetirizine does not prevent hives, or any other serious reactions of allergy like anaphylaxis.

The ailment it is used for:

This antihistamine is used in the treatment of hay fever, angioderma and Urticaria etc.

Understanding the drug:

How it works?

Cetirizine works by blocking the histamines in the body, reducing the allergic reaction symptoms from occurring.

When should you avoid it?

You should not take Cetirizine if you:

  • Are pregnant or trying for a baby or breast feeding
  • Have kidney problems
  • Have rare inherited disorder of blood called porphyria
  • Have allergic reactions to the other anti histamines

How much to take?

Recommended doses of Cetirizine are as follows:

  1. For adults and children above 12 years: 10 mg once a day
  2. For children of age group 6-12 : 5 mg taken twice a day
  3. For children 2-6 years of age: 2.5 mg twice a day

If you are taking the over the counter products to self treat then read all the directions on the package before taking it.

What are the strengths available?

The Cetirizine HCl tablets are available on our website in the following strength and name:

Alerid 10 mg

Who is the manufacturer?

Alerid is manufactured by a well known Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla, and the drug is available on our site in the packs of 30, 60 and 90 tablets.

How to take it?

Cetirizine comes in various forms like tablets, chewable tablets, extended release tablets and syrup. Alerid comes in tablet form. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. However follow the instruction of your doctor.

  • If you are taking chewable tablets chew each tablet well and swallow
  • If using rapid dissolving tablet then allow it to dissolve on your tongue and then swallow with or without water
  • If using a syrup form, use a spoon or measuring device that gives you correct measurements, do not use house hold spoon.

When to take?

The medicines should be taken at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will help you remember the time of dose to be taken.

For how long should it be taken?

Take the dose as long as your doctor tells you to or as long as you feel relieved. If your allergy persists for more than three days then it is suggested to go to the doctor to get more profound test to get the idea of the allergy.

What if you take too much (overdose)?

Symptoms of overdose are like:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness

Seek medical attention in case you find you have used more of this medicine or if you find kind of discomfort after taking this medicine.

What if you miss the dose?   

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. But if it is almost the time of your taking the next dose then skip the missed dose and never take up extra medicine to make up for the missed one.

What are the side effects?

Along with the benefits, most of the medicines have their unwanted side effects. It is not necessary that everyone will experience them. Some of the side effects may ward off automatically as your body becomes used to it or adjust itself accordingly.

Certain side effects include:

  • Feeling tired and sleepy
  • Feeling sick
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Urinating less than usual or absolutely not at all
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Constipation
  • Hyperactivity
  • Tremors or weakness

Are there any possible drug interactions?

Drugs may interact with each other to produce certain unwanted effects like changing the way they work or increase the chances of side effects. Make a list of all the products you use and share it with your doctor. Do not use any other antihistamine along with Cetirizine as it may increase the side effects. Cetirizine is very much similar to levocetirizine and hydroxyzine. So, do not take this medicine while taking Cetirizine. Other medicines that may interact with Cetirizine are:

  • Isocarboxazid
  • Tranylcypromine
  • Bosutinib
  • Clobazam
  • Crizotinib
  • Fentanyl Intranasal
  • Hyaluronidase
  • Lomitapide
  • Lurasidone
  • Phenelzine
  • Ponatinib
  • Ritonavir
  • Vemurafenib

What are the things to be taken care of?

To get maximum benefits of the medicine you must:

  • Avoid alcohol, sedatives and tranquilizers as they may increase drowsiness.
  • Do not drive or work use tools or machines, i.e. do not do that work which will require mental alertness as this medicine may cause drowsiness in some people.
  • Do not give this medicine to anyone else.
  • Dispose of all out-of- date or expired medicines.

Expert advice

  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking cetirizine because you may feel sleepy.
  • Avoid alcohol intake while taking this drug.
  • Consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects: changes in vision, severe dry mouth, trouble urinating, constipation or drowsiness.
  • Do not start or continue the cetirizine tablets:
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to cetirizine or any of the other ingredients of cetirizine tablet.
  • If you have severe kidney problem or severe liver problem.
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered before taking cetirizine tablets in case of any following disease conditions such as fits, severe kidney impairment, intolerance to sugars.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is cetirizine/ Alerid safe?
Cetirizine/ Alerid is safe at the prescribed dose by the doctor. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is cetirizine/ Alerid/ Alerid syrup an antihistamine/antibiotic?
Cetirizine is an antihistaminic drug. It is not an antibiotic.
Q. Is cetirizine good for cold/ used for sore throat/ allergic reaction/itching/hives?
Cetirizine is used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or runny nose. It is also used to treat hives, but not used for sore throat. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is cetirizine/ Alerid D banned?
It is available in India and should be taken as advised by doctor.
Q. How long can I take cetirizine for?
Patient should take cetirizine as directed by doctor.
Q. Can you take cetirizine for prickly heat?
Cetirizine can be used for prickly heat to reduce the itching. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use. Alerid Cetirizine
Q. Can I take cetirizine with paracetamol/ aspirin/ ibuprofen/ DayQuil/ prednisone/ Benadryl?
Cetirizine can be taken along with paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or prednisone. However, taking Benadryl and Dayquil along with cetirizine can increase the
drowsiness. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Q. Can I take cetirizine with high blood pressure?
Patients with high blood pressure can take cetirizine. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Can I take cetirizine with loratadine/ diphenhydramine/ brompheniramine/ fexofenadine?
No. Patient should not take cetirizine with these drugs as they are from same category of antihistamines. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Can I take cetirizine with antibiotics/ azithromycin/ citalopram/ sertraline?
Yes, as there are no expected reactions with cetirizine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Q. Can I take cetirizine with alcohol?
Alcohol consumption should be avoided when taking the cetirizine.
Q. Does cetirizine make you sleepy or cause drowsiness?
Patient may feel sleepy after taking cetirizine. Always consult your doctor.
Q. Does cetirizine make you gain weight?
It is rarely seen, but there is a possibility that cetirizine, like other anti-histamines might cause gain in weight.
Q. Does cetirizine contain diphenhydramine/pseudoephedrine/aspirin/acetaminophen (paracetamol)?
No. Cetirizine does not contain diphenhydramine/pseudoephedrine/aspirin. However doctor may prescribe cetirizine in combination with these drugs.
Manufacturer Cipla Pharma, India
Equivalent Brands Zyrtec
Composition Cetirizine Hcl
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    Great. Competitive prices, fast responses, no issues.

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