Alerid 10 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Cipla Ltd
Medicine composition: Cetirizine
Prescription vs OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Alerid 10 MG Tablet is used for the treatment of diseases like itching in throat or nose, runny nose, watery eyes, long-term hives and allergic rhinitis. It gives relief by blocking the passage of histamine. Histamine is the compound responsible for causing allergic reactions in your body leading to itching, cold, sneezing and other such reactions.

It is advisable that you follow the dosage patterns and not self-medicate without consulting it from a doctor. Being a second-generation antihistamine, Cetirizine tablet does not have too many serious side effects. Some of the basic side effects that you may experience are stomach pain, vomiting or nausea, diarrhoea, tiredness or drowsiness.

Keep these precautions in mind, before and after taking Alerid 10 MG Tablet :

  • This medication can cause drowsiness and it may also have different reactions, vary from one person to another. Be cautious while taking this medication, especially in initial stages. Avoid drinking and driving during this period.
  • Do not take this medication if you are allergic to any ingredient that has been used in it.
  • Consult your doctor before taking Alerid 10 MG Tablet if you are planning a baby or you are pregnant. Remember, not to use this medicine if you are a breastfeeding woman.
  • Get your doctor informed before taking this medication if you have any disease related to kidney or liver.

If you experience any of the serious side effects like insomnia, problems in urinating, blurred vision or irregular heartbeats, you must consult a doctor immediately. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid this medication as it can affect the fetus or infant adversely.

Below mentioned conditions can be treated with this medication:

  • Kidney Disease

  • Hypersensitivity

Side effects of this medication which can be seen in a patient are:

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The duration of the effect of the medicine lasts for 24 hours in most cases and thus a single dose is enough for the whole day.

  • What is the onset of action?

    The onset of action usually starts from within an hour of oral administration. You can consult a doctor if you do not experience relief for long hours and ask for changes in dosage.

  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Pregnant women must consult doctor before using this medication.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No, the medicine is not habit-forming or addictive.

  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Breastfeeding women must consult doctor before using this medication.
  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    It is advisable that you do not consume alcohol while on this medication, as it may lead to excessive drowsiness or calmness. It is not safe with alcohol.

  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    It is advisable that you do not indulge in driving while on this medication since there is a possibility of you experiencing drowsy or calm and thus affecting your driving skills.

  • Does this affect kidney function?

    The medicine can affect the functioning of kidney in people suffering from renal impairment or other kidney related issues. Therefore, it is advisable that you discuss it with your doctor if you suffer from any such diseases.

  • Does this affect liver function?

    People suffering from liver related issues should also consult a doctor before taking the medication to avoid any serious implications.

Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Alerid 10 MG Tablet , and hence can be used as its substitute.

  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    It is advisable that you do not miss a dosage since there is just one dose per day. Consume the missed dosage as soon as you remember.

  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    In case of an overdose, you may experience side effects like restlessness, anxiety, confusion or dizziness. In such cases, make sure that you consult a doctor with immediate effect.

This medication selectively inhibits the peripheral H1 receptors thereby reducing the histamine levels in the body. It specifically acts on allergies caused in the stomach and intestine, blood vessels and airways leading to the lung

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Alcohol

    Using alcohol while taking this medication is not recommended. Any activity requiring a high level of mental alertness should be avoided in such cases.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    This medication can interact with certain medicines and ingredients to cause adverse side effects. You must avoid the tablet if you are already consuming medicines that have ingredients like alprazolam, codeine or isocarboxazid. It is advisable that you discuss about your medical history with the doctor to avoid any possible side effects.
  • Interaction with Disease

    Patients suffering from liver or kidney related diseases must not consume this medication without consulting it first with a doctor, as it can cause some serious side effects. People suffering from epilepsy too must be careful while taking the medicine as they are at a risk of experiencing increased convulsions.

Ques: What is Alerid 10 MG Tablet?

Ans: Alerid 10 MG Tablet is a medication which is used to treat and avoid allergic signs of illness associated with rhinitis and seasonal allergies. It also can be used to treat allergic rhinitis appearing together. Running nose, sneezing, watery eyes, itching and hives are some of the symptoms.

Ques: What is Alerid 10 MG Tablet used for?

Ans: Alerid 10 MG Tablet which is used to prevent and manage symptoms of asthma. It belongs to a group of medications known as leukotriene receptor antagonists. It also gives relief in symptoms such as seasonal allergy, rhinitis and hay fever.

Ques: What are the side effects of Alerid 10 MG Tablet?

Ans: There are some side effects of Alerid 10 MG Tablet and they may or may not be severe once. The side effects are mentioned below:
  • Severe once: Chest tightness, dizziness and diarrhea.
  • Minor once: Headache, stomach pain, cough, running nose, fever, blurred vision, heartburn, skin rash, nausea and vomiting, joint pain, etc.

Ques: What are the most common side effects of Alerid 10 MG Tablet?

Ans: There are some common side effects of Alerid 10 MG Tablet. If you are experiencing any of the below mentioned side effects, kindly contact your doctor immediately.
  1. Thirst
  2. Scaly and itching skin
  3. Fever
  4. Weakness or unusual tiredness
  5. Abdominal or stomach pain

Ques: Does Alerid 10 MG Tablet make you drowsy?

Ans: It totally depends on the amount of dosage has been prescribed to the patient. or if we talk about its effects on infants, so small doses as per prescription are acceptable during breastfeeding. a large dose and extended use of this medication can cause drowsiness and other side effects on infants or it can also decrease the milk supply.

Ques: Is Alerid 10 MG Tablet an antihistamine?

Ans: Alerid 10 MG Tablet is an antihistamine. Antihistamine is a drug that prevents the physiological effects of histamine. Most of the allergies are treated by an antihistamine.

Ques: Can I use Alerid 10 MG Tablet during pregnancy?

Ans: It can be taken during pregnancy, there is no such risk of anything. It is an allergic kind of medication. It only deals with allergies, pain, fever, etc.

Ques: Is Alerid 10 MG Tablet safe during breastfeeding?

Ans: If we talk about its effects on infants, small doses as per prescription are acceptable during breastfeeding. there are no side effects on small quantities as advised by the doctor. A large dose and extended use of this medicine can cause drowsiness in infants or it can also decrease the milk supply.

Ques: Can I use Alerid 10 MG Tablet if I have symptoms of a runny nose or itchy nose or throat?

Ans: Alerid 10 MG Tablet is used to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hay fever (allergy to pollen, dust, or other substances in the air) and allergy to other substances (such as dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches, and molds). These symptoms include sneezing; runny nose; itchy, red, watery eyes; and itchy nose or throat.

Ques: Is Alerid 10 MG Tablet helpful in treating hives?

Ans: Alerid 10 MG Tablet is also used to treat itching and redness caused by hives.

Ques: Is it safe to take Alerid 10 MG Tablet daily for a long time?

Ans: Alerid 10 MG Tablet is safe if used as prescribed by your doctor. Moreover, it is unlikely to harm you if you take it for a long time. But, it is best to take medicine for only as long as you need it.

Ques: For how long should I continue Alerid 10 MG Tablet?

Ans: The duration for which the medicine needs to be taken depends on the problem being treated. If you are taking it for an insect bite, you may need it for a day or two. Similarly, if you are taking it to prevent symptoms of chronic allergic rhinitis (inflammation of nose) or chronic urticaria, you may need to take Alerid 10 MG Tablet for a longer time. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure about the duration of using Alerid 10 MG Tablet.

Ques: What are the symptoms of overdose for Alerid 10 MG Tablet?

Ans: Symptoms of overdose may include: restlessness irritability Drowsiness

Ques: Does Alerid 10 MG Tablet make you tired and drowsy?

Ans: Yes, Alerid 10 MG Tablet can make you feel tired, sleepy and weak. If you have these symptoms, you should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.

Ques: Is Alerid 10 MG Tablet a steroid? What is it used for?

Ans: Alerid 10 MG Tablet is an anti-allergic medication, not a steroid. It relieves the symptoms of allergy. It is used to relieve runny nose, sneezing and redness, itching and watering of the eyes caused by hay fever or seasonal allergies. It also relieves similar symptoms caused due to allergies to substances, such as dust mites, animal dander and mold. It is also used to treat symptoms of hives, including itching and rash.

Ques: How long does it take for Alerid 10 MG Tablet to work?

Ans: You will notice an improvement within an hour of taking Alerid 10 MG Tablet. However, it may take a little longer to notice the full benefits.

Ques: Can I take Alerid 10 MG Tablet and Fexofenadine together?

Ans: Sometimes the doctor may advise you to take two different antihistamines together if you are being treated for a severe itchy rash. If you are taking Alerid 10 MG Tablet during daytime, your doctor may prescribe another antihistamine for the night which causes sleepiness, especially if the itch makes it difficult for you to sleep. Do not take two antihistamines together unless recommended by your doctor.
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