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|Type of medicine||Antihistamine|
|Works by||Blocking the effects of histamine that is responsible for allergy symptoms|
|Effective within||1-3 hours|
|Pack size||30 tablets|
|Common side effects||Headache, Fatigue, Drowsiness, Dry Mouth|
|Use with alcohol||Avoid|
Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets information
What is Levocetirizine and what is it used for?
Levocetirizine dihydrochloride antihistamine tablets fight the effects of allergies, in particular allergic rhinitis, often caused by hayfever, and urticaria (nettle rash). These tablets are more powerful than over the counter alternatives, effectively reducing itching and running of the nose, congestion, sneezing as well as itching of the skin.
These tablets are available in boxes containing thirty 5 mg tablets. They are available with a prescription for adults over the age of 18 years where over the counter antihistamines have not significantly reduced their allergic symptoms.
What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis is a common condition, affecting up to 20% of the UK population. It results from an overactive immune system that incorrectly interprets allergens as a threat to the body. Common allergens that aggravate the condition include:
- dust mites
- animal dander
In response to these allergens, the immune system releases histamine to destroy them. This produces symptoms of allergies, due to an increased blood flow to the nasal passages which causes inflammation, congestion and itch.
Anyone can develop allergic rhinitis and there is no cure. Those with the condition are more likely to develop other health issues such as sinusitis, middle ear infections, and nasal polyps. It can also cause sleep difficulties and may disrupt day-to-day activities. Those with allergic rhinitis should try to avoid the allergens that trigger symptoms. Regular nasal cleansing with a saltwater solution can ease symptoms by removing allergens lodged in the nasal passages.
How does Levocetirizine work?
The active ingredient, Levocetirizine, eases allergic symptoms by blocking histamine receptors. This prevents the release of other allergy-fighting chemicals and prevents the increase in blood flow to the affected area. In this way, Levocetirizine minimises the immune system’s reaction and frustrating allergy symptoms.
Alternative Treatments to Levocetirizine
There are some non-medicinal methods to help combat hay fever symptoms. Some of these may include:
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses
- Keep windows closed when it is a day with a high pollen count.
- Try to have a shower after a day almost straight away. This will remove any trapped pollen grains from your hair and or skin.
More information surrounding how to prevent hayfever can be found in our guide on How to Prevent & Treat Hayfever.
There are an extremely large range of OTC (over the counter) products you can purchase in any pharmacy, these vary from tablets to nasal sprays and also eye drops. You can view our range of hayfever treatments here. You should try these before moving onto a prescription-only medicine. Prescription treatments include:
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- Levocetirizine Tablets, Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/e...
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Do not use this medicine if any of the following apply to you:
- your kidney function is severely impaired.
- Have been diagnosed as intolerant to certain sugars – Xyzal contains lactose
- Have severe bladder problems
- Suffer from epilepsy or are at risk of convulsions
Levocetirizine and alcohol
Take care if consuming alcohol while using Levocetirzine – it may increase your susceptibility to side effects.
Levocetirizine and driving
Some people who take Levocetirizine may experience increased drowsiness, tiredness and exhaustion. You should use caution when driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
Adults, the elderly and children over the age of 6 years: Take 1 tablet per day, at a similar time each day. Swallow the tablet whole with a sip of water, either before or after a meal.
If your symptoms do not improve, contact your GP or pharmacist
The active ingredient contained in Levocetirzine tablets is: 5mg of Levocetirizine dihydrochloride.
Levocetirizine tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171), and macrogol 400.
Levocetirzine side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Levocetirizine. However, if you do, they can include:
- dry mouth
For a full list of side effects please see the Patient Information Leaflet. If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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Levocetirizine 5mg Tablets FAQs
You can drink alcohol with caution while taking levocetirizine products. For sensitive patients, alcohol taken in combination with Levocetirizine may alter their alertness.
For some patients this medication can cause drowsiness. Assess the medication’s effect on you before you decide to drive.
Keep out of reach of children and do not use past the expiry date.
No. You need a prescription from a registered doctor in order to purchase Levocetirizine tablets.
Relieving hay fever symptoms.
Relieving year-round nasal allergies such aspet allergies or dust mite allergies.
Itchy, nettle-type rash.
Cetirizine is a long-lasting antihistamine and combats allergies like hay fever, chronic and nettle rash.
Levocetirizine is a non-sedative (third-generation) antihistamine developed from Cetirizine (a second-generation antihistamine). Also a long-lasting antihistamine, Levocetirizine relieves the same allergic symptoms as Cetirizine by inhibiting the actions of histamine.
Of the two drugs, Levocetirizine binds more effectively to the receptor sites. Both drugs, however, are similarly effective against allergies.