Xyzal (Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride)
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XYZAL is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose. XYZAL is used to treat symptoms of year-round indoor and outdoor allergies in adults and children who are at least 6 months old. XYZAL is used to treat symptoms of seasonal allergies in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. XYZAL is also used to treat itching and swelling caused by chronic urticaria (hives) in adults and children who are at least 6 months old.
Take XYZAL exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow patient instructions for safe and effective use. It is very important not to give a child more than the prescribed dose of this medication. A child's body absorbs twice as much of the same dose size of XYZAL as an adult's body.
To make sure you can safely take XYZAL, patients should thoroughly discuss their medical history with their doctor. This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- gallbladder issues
Most medications can cause side effects which can be defined as an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can range from mild or severe, temporary or permanent. Side effects are not experienced all patients who take this medication. Many side effects can be managed, and others may go away over time.
The most common side effects may include drowsiness, weakness; tired feeling; stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, cough; vomiting, diarrhea, constipation; dry mouth or weight gain.
Serious side effects may include faintness, nosebleed (especially in a child), pain or fullness in your ear, hearing problems; depression, agitation, aggression, hallucinations; numbness or tingling around your lips or mouth; jaundice; dark-colored urine, foul-smelling stools or fever, stomach pain, loss of appetite.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects.
Product Code: 9633
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