What is Levocetirizine used for?
Levocetirizine is an antihistamine used to treat symptoms of seasonal and perennial (year-round) allergic rhinitis. It is also prescribed in the treatment of itching and swelling caused by chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives). It works by blocking histamine receptors. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Levocetirizine?
The dosage of Levocetirizine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Levocetirizine can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Levocetirizine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Levocetirizine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Levocetirizine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Levocetirizine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Levocetirizine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Levocetirizine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Levocetirizine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Levocetirizine can interact with muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers, and antiseizure drugs.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Levocetirizine?
Like other medicines, Levocetirizine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Levocetirizine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Levocetirizine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Levocetirizine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Levocetirizine can cause side effects such as drowsiness, weakness, dry mouth, headache, and fatigue. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Levocetirizine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Levocetirizine?
Is it possible for me to take Levocetirizine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Levocetirizine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Levocetirizine?
How will Levocetirizine work in my body?
How should Levocetirizine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Levocetirizine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Levocetirizine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.