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What is Xyzal?
Xyzal is a medicine containing the active ingredient levocetirizine dihydrochloride, an antihistamine. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or hay fever, as well as nettle rash (urticaria). Levocetirizine is classed as a non-drowsy antihistamine, so it’s less likely to make you feel sleepy than certain other antihistamines.
What is the recommended dosage?
Xyzal is a film-coated tablet that should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. The recommended dosage for both adults and children aged 6 years and over is one tablet per day. Xyzal can be taken with or without food and you should follow your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist’s advice regarding the duration of your treatment.
You should take caution with Xyzal and alcohol - in sensitive patients, taking Xyzal at the same time as alcohol can cause additional reductions in alertness and impairment of performance.
How does levocetirizine relieve allergy symptoms?
Xyzal contains 5mg of the active ingredient levocetirizine dihydrochloride, a type of medicine called an antihistamine. Levocetirizine, and other antihistamines, work by blocking the release of histamine, a chemical that is released during an allergic reaction. Blocking this chemical helps to relieve symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing.
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
Hay fever is a common condition that occurs during the spring and summer months when the pollen count is at its highest. People with asthma or a family history of the condition are particularly prone to suffering from hay fever, but it can affect anyone. Symptoms of hay fever can include:
Watery or itchy eyes
Blocked or runny nose
Headaches or sweats in severe cases
These symptoms are caused by the body’s release of a chemical called histamine. By taking an antihistamine treatment like Xyzal, these symptoms can usually be relieved and managed.
Is Xyzal suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, are trying to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for expert advice before taking Xyzal.
Is Xyzal suitable for children?
Xyzal is not recommended for children under the age of 6 years old. If your child is suffering from hayfever or other allergy symptoms, speak to a Chemist4U pharmacist for suitable alternatives or browse our wide range of allergy treatments.
When should this medication not be used?
Xyzal may not be suitable for some people with other health conditions. You shouldn’t use this medicine if:
You are allergic to levocetirizine dihydrochloride, cetirizine, hydroxyzine or any of the other ingredients in this medicine
You have a severe impairment of kidney function (severe renal failure with creatinine clearance below 10ml/min)
Talk to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Xyzal if:
You suffer from a condition that means you’re unable to empty your bladder, such as a spinal cord injury or an enlarged prostate
You suffer from epilepsy or you’re at risk of convulsions (seizures)
You are scheduled for allergy testing
You have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, as Xyzal contains lactose
You are taking any other medicines or herbal remedies, including those obtained without a prescription
Are there any side effects?
Like all medicines, there is a possibility that Xyzal may cause side effects in some people. If you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction (swollen face, tongue or throat, trouble swallowing, hives or shortness of breath) seek medical help immediately. Other side effects include:
Tiredness or drowsiness
For more information on other possible side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Do I need a prescription for Xyzal?
You do need a prescription for Xyzal in the UK. Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition. When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs. Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you. You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.
Keep out of sight and reach of children. Do not use Xyzal after the expiry date, referring to the last day of the month stated on the packaging.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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