Xyzal (Levocetirizine) – 5mg Tablets
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What should I tell my health care
provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
?an unusual or allergic reaction to levocetirizine,
cetirizine, hydroxyzine, other medicines, foods,
dyes, or preservatives
?pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should this medicine be used?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Take it at night. The tablet
may be split in half. Do not chew the tablets. Follow the directions on the prescription
label. You can take it with or without food. Do not take more medicine than
directed. You may need to take this medicine for several days before your
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While
this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
In addition, the following medicines can make you feel drowsy:
?barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures
?medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, such as alprazolam, diazepam
?medicines for hay fever and other allergies
?medicines for mental depression
?medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
?medicines for pain
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you
are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or
herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you
are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you
use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with
your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your
What side effects may I notice
from receiving Levocetirizine?
?allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the
face, lips, or tongue
?changes in vision or hearing
?trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your
doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
?drowsiness or tiredness
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that
needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not
stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces
the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may increase dizziness and
drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and
drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not
go away or is severe.