Levocetirizine is utilized for the alleviation of symptoms associated with hay fever, seasonal allergies, and allergies to other substances such as dust mites, animal dander, and mold. This medication is prescribed to manage symptoms of hives, including itching and rash.
Levocetirizine is classified as an antihistamine and operates by inhibiting the actions of histamine, a naturally occurring substance in the body that triggers allergic symptoms.
Uses and Dosage
If you are using the over-the-counter form of this medication for self-treatment, read and adhere to all directions outlined on the product packaging prior to consuming this medication. If your healthcare provider has prescribed this medication, ensure that you take it as instructed.
Typically, this medication is administered orally once daily in the evening, with or without food. If utilizing the liquid form of this medication, precisely measure the dose using a specialized measuring instrument/spoon.
The appropriate dosage of this medication will be based on several factors, including your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Under no circumstances should you exceed the recommended dosage or take this medication more frequently than prescribed.
In the event that your condition does not improve, worsens, or if you suspect that you may have a severe medical issue, seek medical assistance immediately.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine:
- sinus pain
- ear infection
- dry mouth
- weight gain
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- worsening allergy symptoms
- painful or difficult urination
- little or no urination
- ear pain or full feeling
- trouble hearing
- drainage from the ear
- fussiness in a child
Prior to initiating treatment with levocetirizine, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist of any allergic reactions you may have had to levocetirizine, cetirizine, hydroxyzine, or any other substances. This medication may contain inactive ingredients that could potentially elicit allergic reactions or other complications.
Before using this medication, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly if you have experienced difficulties with urination, such as those related to an enlarged prostate, or if you have kidney disease.
This medication has the potential to cause drowsiness. The consumption of alcohol or marijuana may exacerbate this effect. Abstain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in any activities that require mental alertness until it is deemed safe to do so.
Liquid preparations of this medication may contain sugar and/or aspartame. Exercise caution if you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other medical condition that necessitates limiting or avoiding these substances in your diet.
During pregnancy, this medication should be employed only if the benefits outweigh the risks. Discuss the potential risks and benefits of this medication with your healthcare provider.
This medication passes into breast milk. Prior to initiating breastfeeding, consult your healthcare provider.
Form and Strength
Xyzal is available in the following forms and strengths:
How long does it take for Xyzal to work?
Xyzal starts working about one hour after taking it. However, you may need to take it daily, for a period of time, to keep symptoms from coming back.
Is Xyzal stronger than Claritin?
Researchers found that Xyzal was more effective than Claritin at improving allergy symptoms.