Levocetirizine is used to relieve the symptoms like runny nose, itching caused due to hives or watery eyes, sneezing, hives that are usually related to all-year-round as well as seasonal allergies. The medicine blocks histamine (a natural substance) that the body generates during the time of an allergic reaction, relieving you of the symptoms of the reaction.
Levocetirizine needs to be taken orally. It can be used in the form of combination therapy, meaning you may be prescribed this drug along with other medications. You can take the medicine with your food or without it. It blocks the release of histamine, a chemical from the cells present in your body. It, therefore, provides you relief from the allergic symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and watery, red or itchy eyes.
The dosage of Levocetirizine depends on your age, the severity of your condition, medical history and the reaction of your body after the first dose. Your doctor should be informed about your medical history and condition, along with certain conditions before you are prescribed to this medicine, like:
- Enlarged prostate or
- Kidney disease.
Levocetirizine can be taken with food or without it. Also, it is better to take it during the evening, as that can prevent you from feeling drowsy in the daytime. Make sure that you do not take an overdose of the medicine in case you skipped one dose, as it can lead to other side effects.
You should also keep in mind not to stop these medicines suddenly as there is a possibility that your symptoms may get worse. Too much of Levocetirizine can lead to extensive drowsiness. It is advisable to take in the amount as prescribed by your doctor.
It is known to cause drowsiness, especially in the initial hours. Refrain from activities like driving or using machinery during this period. Also, avoid alcohol as it can further raise your risk of feeling drowsy.
Kidney DiseaseLevocetirizine is not recommended if you are suffering from end-stage kidney disease, were the Creatinine clearance in such cases is less than 10 ml/min. It should not be used in children below 12 years with kidney abnormalities.
HypersensitivityLevocetirizine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to it.
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medicine lasts for an average of 24 hours.
What is the onset of action?The effect of this medicine can be observed within an hour of oral administration.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not known to cause any harmful effect on the fetus. There is a lack of conclusive evidence from clinical studies and hence benefits and risks should be weighed before usage. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is not recommended for use in women who are breastfeeding as it can cause side effects for the baby. Consult your doctor before taking this medication.
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.
Are there any missed dose instructions?Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then the missed dose can be skipped.
Are there any overdose instructions?Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of overdose may include Dizziness, Restlessness, and Confusion. Supportive measures like Gastric Lavage might be initiated based on the severity of symptoms.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Levocetirizine as ingredient
This medicine works by selectively inhibiting the peripheral H1 receptors thereby reducing histamine levels in the body. It specifically acts on allergies caused in the stomach and intestine, blood vessels and airways leading to the lungs.
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
Interaction with Lab Test
Interaction with Medicine
Interaction with Food
Interaction with Disease
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