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|Type of medicine||Antihistamine|
|Works by||Blocking the effects of histamine that causes allergic reactions|
|Effective within||60 mins|
|Pack size||30 tablets|
|Common side effects||Headache, Fatigue, Drowsiness, Dry Mouth|
|Use with alcohol||Avoid|
What is Xyzal and what is it used for?
Xyzal is an antihistamine tablet used to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (allergy symptoms affecting the nose) and urticaria (nettle rash or hives). Each tablet contains 5mg of the antihistamine levocetirizine dihydrochloride, which reduces sneezing, congestion, runny nose, inflamed eyes and itchy skin.
Xyzal is manufactured by UCB Pharma and is available on prescription in 5 mg tablets in boxes containing 30 tablets. This medication is safe for both adults and children. Children over the age of 2 years can use Xyzal for allergic rhinitis; children who are over 6 months old can use Xyzal to treat hives.
What is allergic rhinitis?
Approximately 20% of people in The UK are affected by allergic rhinitis. The condition is brought on by a hypersensitive immune system - when certain allergens enter the nose, the immune system mistakenly targets them as if they were a viral or bacterial infection. This immune response triggers the production of extra mucus, which leads to congestion and sneezing.
It still isn't fully understood why certain people develop these allergies, though genetics are thought to play a part, as sometimes allergies run in families. In many cases, allergies only occur during the high pollen season (seasonal rhinitis or hay fever). However, for others, whose triggers include pet hair or dust mites, the symptoms can occur throughout the year.
How does Xyzal work?
One of the principal chemicals that the body releases in reaction to an allergen is histamine. This causes inflammation of the nasal passages. Xyzal tablets inhibit the body's production of histamine, providing relief from both allergic rhinitis and urticaria.
Alternatives to Xyzal
Xyzal can be taken alongside a nasal spray and eye drops to help relieve allergy symptoms. It cannot be used alongside other forms of medication containing antihistamines.
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.
There is 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. Alternative medication available from The Independent Pharmacy includes:
You should try these before moving on to a prescription-only medicine.
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.
Before using Xyzal, contact your GP if you:
- Have been diagnosed as intolerant to certain sugars – Xyzal contains lactose
- Have severe bladder problems
- Suffer from epilepsy or are at risk of convulsions
Xyzal and alcohol
Take care if consuming alcohol while using Xyzal – it may increase your susceptibility to side effects.
Xyzal and driving
Some people who take Xyzal 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 Xyzal tablets is: 5mg of Levocetirizine dihydrochloride.
Xyzal tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 400.
Xyzal side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Xyzal. 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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You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Xyzal to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.
Xyzal is a prescription-only hay fever treatment. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 3 packs of treatment at one time.
This allows us to balance offering our patients an adequate supply of treatment with regular checks on their condition, symptoms, and the effectiveness of their treatment. This model ensures the perfect mix of convenience with optimal health and safety.
If you have no adverse effects and your hay fever is well controlled, you can log in and easily re-order another supply.
The active ingredient in Xyzal is an antihistamine called levocetirizine hydrochloride. It also contains several inactive ingredients. For more details, please see the ‘Ingredients’ tab above.
The active ingredient is levocetirizine hydrochloride, an antihistamine. Histamine is one of the chemicals the body releases in response to allergens. It causes skin irritation and the inflammation of the nasal passages. Levocetirizine reduces the production of histamine, which treats the symptoms of rhinitis and urticaria.
Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Xyzal is available for next-day delivery.
Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Xyzal online.
The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.
All of our hay fever treatments are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains such as Lloyds and Boots.
There are many advantages to buying allergic rhinitis treatment online, some include:
- It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Xyzal and other allergy treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
Xyzal is available on the NHS from your GP if you have been diagnosed with breathing problems due to allergies. This is normally where we suggest people start their treatment, to ensure that their condition is properly diagnosed and any possible serious symptoms are addressed.
Many people can find it difficult to fit in time to see their GP or hard to get an appointment at all! It can, therefore, be more convenient to order your treatment online and have it delivered to your home or work address with minimum fuss. We also provide complete support to allow you to get any questions answered by our professional team by phone, email or live chat.