You should not use this medicine if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, severe high blood pressure (hypertension), severe coronary artery disease, if you are unable to urinate, or if you are allergic to hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril).
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Do not use this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
What is cetirizine and pseudoephedrine?
Cetirizine is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).
Cetirizine and pseudoephedrine is a combination medicine used to treat cold or allergy symptoms such as nasal and sinus congestion, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or runny nose.
Cetirizine and pseudoephedrine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to cetirizine or pseudoephedrine, or if you have:
narrow-angle glaucoma; severe high blood pressure (hypertension); severe coronary artery disease; if you are unable to urinate; or if you are allergic to hydralazine (Atarax, Vistaril).
Do not use cetirizine and pseudoephedrine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:heart disease, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, or heart rhythm disorder; diabetes; a thyroid disorder; glaucoma; kidney or liver disease; an enlarged prostate; or problems with urination.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether cetirizine and pseudoephedrine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor"s advice if you are pregnant.
Cetirizine and pseudoephedrine may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Antihistamines and decongestants may also slow breast milk production. Do not use this medicine without a doctor"s advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take cetirizine and pseudoephedrine?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take one tablet every 12 hours, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You may take this medication with or without food.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, if they get worse, or if you have also have a fever.
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What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.