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Cetirizine hydrochloride (zyrtec) from online pharmacy?
hi...i used an online pharmacy to buy 180 10 mg cetirizine hydrochloride pills (generic zyrtec...for allergies)...normally they are oval but the ones that came in the mail are round and unmarked. they came packaged in little boxes labeled cetirizine hydrochloride and it has all the info on the boxes and also the bubble packs but ive never seen them round and unmarked before. i just want to make sure that i didnt get ripped off and that they are in fact 10 mg of cetirizine hydrochloride. any help is appreciated. thanks!
Maura
07/22/09
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  generics never look like the brand name pills.

if you are concerned, call or email the pharmacy and double check that you got the right med, but if the package has good labeling then you should be ok
Dancing Girl 1
07/25/09
How long does cetirizine hydrochloride (Allergy relief) take before effective. I say 15 - 20 minutes?
rainbow
10/31/07
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  the peak effect of the drug is about 45-60 minutes after taking orally
nirvana
10/31/07
What is cetirizine hydrochloride used for allergy wise?
Lost my usual anti histimine and my asthma is REAL bad today and I am covered in hives (my friend had dog dander on her and she got it on me , Im allegic to dogs).
Ella-Jane C
03/22/10
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  im on this for hay fever but i also got prescribed it for an allergic reaction its a good antihistamine for hives so please use it it doesn't matter if its not your usual
natalie K
03/22/10
what is stronger 25 mg of diphenhydramine hydrochloride or 10 mg of cetirizine for insect bite type rash itch?
I have the cetirizine, but if the other would work better, I'd go get the Benadryl
Love Life
06/19/11
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  You can call your local pharmacist for their opinion on this.

Personally, I'd recommend the Benadryl.
L.
06/19/11
what is cetirizine hydrochloride?
i have a really bad cold and bunged up nose and i cant sleep because of it, i was looking for anything in the house that could help me sleep and i came across some cetirizine hydrochloride. I looked on google and found out its used to treat allergies and hayfever etc. What i want to know is will taking these help my bunged up nose in anyway?
Skillz
04/01/10
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  Zyrtec - second generation anti-histamine. It doesn't necessarily relieve nasal congestion but prevents allergens from causing a release of local inflammatory mediators thus preventing the congestion from happening. The best short term solution would be a nasal corticosteroid for your symptoms but if you have a fever, then a nasal sympathomymetic such as neosynepherine might be better.
temetgnoste
04/01/10
Hives... how can I treat this?
As a child, I didnt have hives. 5 yrs ago, I experienced my first hives "attack". It's just my body gradually became itchy... it was so itchy that I had to continuously scratch all over my body. But the more I scratch, the worse it got... in the end I just jumped to the shower and turned the temperature to max. It was so hot but at least it took away the itchiness.

For a while... after I stop showering, I felt the itch again. Anyway where I live, we dont usually go to doctor. We just go to pharmacy and ask for medicine. That's what I did and I bought medicine that treats itchiness. It works.. but do I have to keep taking this medicine for the rest of my life? I take this medicine every 2-3 days otherwise everywhere my body will come itchy and I wont last an hour..The medicine is Cetirizine Hydrochloride.

Also, not sure if this is related... but my skin has become ultra-sensitive since 5 yrs ago.

What can I do?
josnic
05/04/08
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  Cetrizine is Zyrtec. Benadryl treats hives better than Zyrtec. Benadryl does make you drowsy.
You have some kind of allergic reaction. You should go to an allergist. Sometimes, they can give you shots which will help with the allergy. Also, you can find what you are allergic to, and can avoid it. Whether or not you'll have to continue to take Zyrtec depends on the allergy.
Lea
05/05/08
cetirizine hydrochloride Tablets- I took 2 one after other is that..ok?
cetirizine hydrochloride) Tablets 10mg, I took one then another few hours later as I'm having bad nut allergy reaction. Veins increased in size earlier, not lips feeling like its pulling inwards, got stomach pains and have had a tingling numb leg earlier too. I took 2 is that alright just want to knoww??
I always get a feeling like a pinprick on both my wrists at differnt times. And the numb leg sympton well that happens to both legs but at different times to.?
I.Can.Help.U.
06/06/10
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Need Hives Help?!?!?
well i have had 2 hives outbreaks in the last 2 days and before each one i have had something with eggs

my question is there enough egg in cakes and cookies to cause a hives outbreak

also is it possible for the flu to cause hives because i have had teh flu during the outbreaks and once i get over the flu if the outbreaks will stop

also and ways to help relive the itching of hives, i have used creams, benadryl, claritin, and oatmeal baths but the relief doesnt last very long

help plz, thanks
also i get teh outbreaks about the same time each day

only i am finally getting rid of the outbreak that started about this time yesterday
also it might help i have never had an outbreak before in my life

i am taking 50 mg (2 pills) every 4-6 hours
here is a link to tell you about hives

http://www.medicinenet.com/hives/article.htm
Country Boy
03/11/08
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  I use to get those too. I believe it had to do with stress, I couldn't link it to anything else at the time. When things in my life got better the hives went away. How much benadryl are you taking? Maybe increase the dose?
Stpattisgirl
03/11/08
How do make a sudden rash (hives/urticaria) go down as soon as possible? Urgent.?
My prom is on Thursday, and I've never had problems with my skin before. All of a sudden this rash has come up within the last week and I'm currently on a steroid cream and tablets called Cetirizine Hydrochloride which I have to take twice a day. The doctor advised me not to have my spray tan which is booked in for Wednesday evening, however I am wanting to go ahead with the spray tan, as I feel more confident and beautiful with a tan.
Are there any ways that you guys can advise to help my rash go down as soon as possible?
Thank you xxxxx
x
06/28/11
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  benedryl, and corticosteroids.
Dan
07/02/11
What is cetirizine hydrochloride?
DaT 1 U wAnT
01/05/11
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  it's for hay-fever and other mild allergies
Nitram
01/05/11
Cetirizine hydrochloride?
DaT 1 U wAnT
01/05/11
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  yes it is
Nitram
01/05/11
Is Zyrtec hives relief the same as regular Zyrtec?
they were out of allergy zyrtec but they had hives relief zyrtec. Same active ingredient. anyone know of any differences?
bens60r
03/25/08
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  not that i am aware unless there is other ingredients also.
♥mtnsky♥
03/25/08
can i take cetirizine hydrochloride with inderal medicine?
sweet a
03/14/09
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  Yes you can take it. However, there is a minor interaction. You may notice that when you take both of these medications, the cetirizine may make you more drowsy than usual. Be cautious with this for the first few times, to see how it will effect you.

The way that this works, is that cetirizine usually does not make you drowsy because it does not get into your brain. Once cetirizine tries to get into your brain, there is a pump that pumps it right back out so it doesn't make you drowsy. However, inderal can make this pump not work as well, so more cetirizine can get into you brain without being pumped back out.

This is not something to worry about, but just be aware that it is possible that cetirizine may make you more drowsy when you take them together.

This may not be an issue for all people. Just monitor yourself, but everything should be fine.
Melanie
03/14/09
Any effective home remedies for hives?
I have chronic hives due to allergies, and I'm undergoing allergy shots. I take antihistamines daily (Claritin), and at the advice of my pharmacist, use Ivarest for a topical lotion. However, I'd like a homeopathic treatment for hives. I've tried oatmeal baths, cold wet washcloths, and numerous other ointments with no real relief. Any other EFFECTIVE ideas?
janetbray95
12/13/05
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  Try applying a clay mask on a section of skin, then let it stay there for at least 4 hours. Do not use Aveda clay mask, they put so much oil in it that it has no way of drawing oil out of your skin. Try to get a mask that has as little extra stuff as possible.

I won't guarantee this will work, but you can try it for cheap, and there is no way it will hurt you. I get patches of eczema (which is an allergic reaction)and the patch will come back over and over again until I put a mask on the spot.
Zyada
12/16/05
is it ok to take hydroxyzine and cetirizine together? hydroxyzine at night and cetirizine in the morning?
i was prescribed hydroxyzine for a rash on my skin that has developed (probably from contact with poison oak) and that just seems to knock me out at night. In the morning my grandmother gave me some cetirizine which is also used for allergies, but im not sure of the health effects of having both drugs in one's system. If you know anything about it, please share some information with me. Cheers!
Sameer
08/13/09
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  Your best (and safest) bet would be to ask a pharmacist if there are any interactions listed between the drugs you're wanting to take. Doctors and pharmacists both have access to a database of drug and supplement interactions and they can tell you quickly if you can safely take them together or not.... anyone here will just have a best guess from searching on the internet (which isn't always accurate, as we all know) ;-) Good luck!
oldtimekid2
08/13/09
Can adults take Children's Motrin?
I am in my 20s but I have a hard time swallowing pills. Can I just take a double dose of children's liquid motrin for pain relief?
rwfocus007
02/04/07
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  Yes adults can take it, it's completely harmless to adults.
absolut_nixter
02/04/07
What could be causing his hives?
Our 14 month old son had some type of allergic reaction last Saturday. We gave him a cracker with peanut butter on it (first time he'd ever had it) and he wouldn't eat it. Within five minutes of touching it, his face was red and he had hives. He did not have any other symptoms, so we washed him off and gave him some Zyrtec. His face returned to its normal color and the hives went down. On Sunday, the hives were back and he had a diaper rash (he's never had diaper rash before), with no other symptoms. We called his pediatrician on Monday, and they got him in on Tuesday. They gave him a dose of oral steroids and said this would calm everything down. They also diagnosed him with a peanut allergy, prescribed an epi-pen, and referred him to Children's Mercy for allergy testing. Today is Thursday and his hives are still present and seem to be getting worse. When I called the doctor's office, they didn't seem too worried and told me to just give it a day or two, that the hives would go down. My husband and I are racking our brains trying to figure out what is going on. We go for testing tomorrow, but now we're wondering if its a peanut allergy or if its something else. He just started eating a new kind of ham this weekend as well. It has honey in it. Has anyone ever heard of a honey allergy? Does anyone have any suggestions on what this could be? Thanks for your help! : )
Worried in MO
03/19/10
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  he has peanut allergy and ate a peanut

8% chance of survival
eaanni
03/19/10
How to get hive relief?
I have had hives since April 13th now. On Tuesday it will be 5 weeks. I saw an allergist at 3 1/2 weeks. I was so reactive off of the antihistamines he couldn't do allergy testing. Since going to the allergist I have been taking Zyrtec twice a day, Pepcid twice a day, Benadryl two tabs every 4-6 hours, last 4 days on Singulair before bedtime. I also read fish oil and antioxidants may help so I have been taking those supplements once a day. I have tried oatmeal and cornmeal baths. I fear I have what is going to be chronic hives. I know of a few people that have had to deal with hives for years. I have had back problems off and on since November of 2007. Had a microdisectomy in 5/08, reherniated my disc 5/09, spinal fusion L4-L5 1/12/10. Everything is going fine and my stress was getting better around the time i broke out in hives. A week before I broke out in hives my doctor released me and said everything was going great and I could return to work. So more then anything I was relieved to start getting back to a normal life. I've had a long couple of years and would like any suggestions. I have taking Prednisone which helps but my hives instantly come back after going off of it. I have been using calamine lotion, gold bond lotion, ivory soap, benadryl cream. I have mold in my apartment and am moving in 3 weeks. Could this be the culprit?
Amy
05/14/10
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I have hives from an unknown cause.I am taking 1 xyzal daily.I am planning for pregnancy.Is it safe?
I am suffering from hives from almost 1 1/2 months.I was on a birthcontrol pill for almost 2 yrs and stopped about one month before I broke in to hives.The cause of hives is unknown-cud be weather,some antibiotic reaction,something I eat or hormone changes.Me and my husband are planning to have a baby.Is it safe to try for a baby while i'm on medication for hives...
katie
05/17/08
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  This is something best answered by a doctor. Please do not risk your health and seek medical attention immediately.
Kryptonian
05/17/08
Can I use Alavert (Loratadine) and Zyrtec (Cetirizine hydrochloride) at the same time?
The labeling does not warn against it, and they are two different active ingredients. Is it safe to use both of these at the same time? Please help. My allergies are really bad today and Alavert isn't working.
T-M-W
06/01/08
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  I suggest you call up your local pharmacy and just ask them. They are usually very friendly and will help you.
HeroBagel
06/01/08
Hives on back of head very itchy!?
I have recently broken out with a rash/hives all over my body. It seems every time one spot seems to clear up I start getting red itchy somewhere else...I am on prednisone and generic zyrtec and at night I have been taking benadryl. But the back of my head is always itchy no matter what. Its hard to get a cream of any kind on there because I have somewhat long hair, any suggestions for relief would be greatly appreciated.
Gertie
07/02/09
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  I had the same type of issue a month ago. It was horrid! I feel your pain. What I did was part my hair where the itchy spot was and slather anit itch cream on there. That was the only thing that helped. Good luck.
Girlie
07/03/09
pseudoephedrine hydrochloride?
I failed a drug test for meth-amphetamine. I don't do drugs, so I was wondering if pseudoephedrine hydrochloride contained some type of ingredient to cause this. I took Sudafed 12 hour sinus relief.
apollo313
08/26/06
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  yes it could of caused a positive result-- this is one of the chemicals used to make meth. it should be out of your system in 3 to 5 days-- ask for another test
james_a_willis
08/26/06
Four month case of hives ... please help!?
I have had hives for four months. I have done everything I know possible, short of visiting an allergist (I've a feeling they will just tell me what I've always been allergic to). I've been on two rounds of prednisone, two Zyrtec per day plus two-three Benadryl at night, applying all the allergy creams possible, and no relief. It is particularly bad at present on the tops of my feet, my back, and my scalp. I've changed over to fragrance/dye free detergents, switched back to shampoo, body wash I know I am not allergic to, and nothing has changed. I've eliminated things from my diet - no help.

I don't really see what else an allergist could do for me that I'm not doing for myself short of putting me on shots, but should I just suck it up and see one any way? Are there any herbal supplements I should try in the meantime (I won't be able to see an allergist until June)? I have been so miserable for the past four months - horror stories about chronic hives are just making me paranoid.
myfairashley
04/07/07
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  Get yourself in to see an allergist. Now. If you can't get an appt till June, go to your own doctor. See if he/she could get you in on an emergency basis.

There are some things you just shouldn't try to tough out. This is one of those things.
kiwi
04/07/07
What are some reasons a that a person constantly breaks out in hives?
For about 6 years, ive been constantly breaking out in hives and weps. I developed an allergy to dust so i would take Zyrtec for them. But i feel as though there is a greater reason behind the hives. I heard someone say once that the hives can be your body telling you something is wrong.
I do have a constant fatigue and most of the time it takes a lot of effort to speak. My joints are stiff and it often causes pain.
I'd really appreciate your help.
Q
07/11/10
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  More than likely you are eating something that is causing a dysfunction in your body somehow. I had hives for 10 years and they went away after I switched to a gluten free diet. Celiac disease and dermititis herpetiformis are two conditions that involve being intolerant to the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley. A doctor can test you for these conditions starting with blood work and usually followed by biopsies. If the tests are positive, go on a gluten free diet and I would expect the hives to go away within a couple of months. If the tests are negative, then try the diet anyway to rule out non-celiac gluten intolerance or an allergy to wheat, rye or barley products. The fatigue and joint issues can also be explained by celiac disease.

Another possibility if the gluten approach doesn't work is to see if you have a problem with the nightshade vegetables which include potatoes, tomatoes, peppers to name a few. These veggies have a lot of different compounds in them that people can react to and one of their side effects can be skin issues and joint pain. This is less likely than the gluten problem but thought I would mention it.

I hope this helps. I know how frustrating and limiting living with hives can be. If you have more questions about any of this, contact me through here.
sailor
07/13/10
How long does it take for hives to appear after an allergic contact?
My grandson has recently had hives appear. They did get a new kitten about 1 month ago. Could it be the kitten or possibly another exposure? He also went to a new baby sitter on the day the hives errupted for the first time. He continues to have the hives now even though he isn't going the baby sitter anymore.
tamyra
02/03/09
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  hives can appear from thirty minutes to 48 hours after exposure, so I doubt it's the kitten, or he would have had the hives a lot sooner. That he still has them suggests that it is something he is being exposed to currently, hives don't last much more than a week unless the exposure is ongoing.
essentiallysolo
02/03/09
Is Pramoxine hydrochloride the same as hydrocortisone acetate?
I used hydrocortisone for relief of some eczema around my mouth and it worked fine. I was wondering if Pramoxine hydrochloride is the same thing? I did some searching and they both show up together.
Look Its Jay
11/19/10
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  Pramoxine is a topical anesthetic used to reduce itching.
Hydrocortisone is a steroid.
N
11/19/10
I have hives...again!?
So I have been randomly breaking out in Hives all over for about 5 months or so now, I went to my doctor and she basically just told me it might be an allergy and is almost impossible to determine to what and to take Benedryl and if that doesn't work to take Zyrtec. Well neither is working at this point and they hurt my body, it hurts to wear clothes and they are warm to the touch where I am broken out. I have also been given a steroid 5 day thing which just made things worse. She said I could have Urticaria, but she didn't diagnose me. I need to make an appointment ASAP as I have had the ones I have today for 4 days straight now with no relief. Does anyone have any insight or can you advise what kind of a doctor I should make my appointment with, dermatoligist?
Stephanie
04/26/10
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hives????????
so i randomly get hives all over my arms. i'l just be sitting there, and i'll get hives. i really dont understand?
i get them everyday, and i dont get them after i eat so i don't think its food alergies.
Terry
11/07/07
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  Stress can also give you hives.
ladydi_1987
11/07/07
Why do i get hives on my arms and behind my knees after i run?
Ever since i got sunburned last summer, whenever i do my daily run i get hives behind my knees. I do my running indoors on a treadmill. Why am i getting hives?
A
03/12/10
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  Hives can happen from sweat or heat. Also friction. Hives are red itchy welts. If you get a red itchy,
but flat and scaly rash instead, think about eczema. If they are hives try a low dose of antihistamine before exercise. Like benedryl.
curator
03/12/10
Has anyone had a long term, chronic, experience with hives -- that has lasted for years?
Two years ago I visited a doctor to complain about the spots on my stomach and chest. He said that it was just hives, and prescribed me some topical steroid medication, and recommended some Claritin D. To the best of my knowledge, the hives went away partially, but there were still several spots left that never went away. However about nine months ago I started noticing brown spots that were developing. This time they were not red like before. I visited my doctor and he said it could be a reaction from a sinus infection that I previously had. But they never went away though, like normal viral rashes do. So two weeks ago, the brown spots were still there. I visited him again, We did lab work and everything came back with nothing significant. We did a skin biopsy that showed that the brown spots were just hives again. The doctor has given me a prescription to now take Allegra 180 MG, twice daily. He also said that some people can have hives for decades. Has anyone experienced hives for this long before? Does it always itch? I am a bit concerned about my physical appearance with hives, especially during the summer.
Clinton7980
08/01/08
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  Hello,

I know your message is old, but I started becoming "hive free" when I used probiotics regularly, which strengthened my immune system. Switching from Benadryl, Chlorapheramine, and even sometime using a good anti itch nasal spray can help.
Christie
05/20/14

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jaikdean: Little tip for everyone: don't take cetirizine hydrochloride hayfever tablets without a drink #hotthroatandbelly
steve_e: @RockJimford I swear by cetirizine hydrochloride, worked for me for years. Branded as zirtek or non-branded available in Boots/Tesco etc
cheonnie: @iseongmin I just found out I get hives from fake metal! Those bracelets I got gave me hives x)
kariyack: @weaveittome the advil congestion relief doesn't do that to me. Just kills/dulls the pain and gives me pressure relief. Works quite well.
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