Cetirizine syrup, which you may also know as cetirizine hydrochloride or cetirizine dihydrochloride, is an antihistamine medication that helps to ease allergy symptoms.
If you or your child have hay fever or are allergic to pet hair, dust, or other common allergens, cetirizine syrup can help you to keep irritating symptoms under control.
Cetirizine liquid is the ideal remedy for children who are too young to take hay fever tablets and struggle with their symptoms in the Spring and Summer months.
Take cetirizine syrup just once or twice a day to manage sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, runny noses, and other annoying allergy symptoms quickly and easily.
The usual dose of cetirizine syrup will change depending on your child’s age and weight.
Children can start taking some Cetirizine syrups when they’re as young as two, so check each product’s packaging to see if it’s suitable for your child and to double-check the dosage.
Cetirizine liquid will usually contain 1mg of the active ingredient in every ml, with the usual dosages being as follows:
Each medicine may require different dosages, so make sure you double-check any cetirizine product before giving any to your child or taking it yourself.
If you’re ever unsure of the right dosage to use, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Like all medications, Cetirizine can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Some of the most common side effects include:
If you experience these or any other side effects while using cetirizine, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist immediately, if necessary.
Make sure you read the patient information leaflet of your own medication thoroughly for a full list of side effects.
Cetirizine is a newer formula of antihistamine, and usually won’t make you feel drowsy or sleepy.
However, drowsiness is a known side effect of Cetirizine, so if you experience this you should not attempt to drive or operate tools or machinery until you are absolutely sure that you are safe to do so.