A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Reactine,Cirrus in the UK
Zyrtec, or cetirizine, is a second generation antihistamine used in the treatment of hay fever, allergies, angioedema, and urticaria. This medicine works by blocking a natural substance, histamine that your body makes during an allergic reaction. It is also used to relieve allergic symptoms such as watery eyes, itching, and sneezing.
Zyrtec generic can be easily purchased from Canada Pharmacy.
Both Zyrtec medicine and Zyrtec OTC are to be taken orally, once daily or as prescribed by your doctor to achieve optimal results. Take it at the same time each day. It is recommended to swallow it whole and allow the tablet to dissolve on the tongue, with or without water.
Inform your doctor if you experience allergic symptoms. If your hives worsen and last more than six weeks, seek medical attention immediately.
Active: Cetirizine, Pseudoephedrine
Inactive: Colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, etc.
Some medical conditions coupled with Zyrtec may result in adverse reactions. To avoid such cases, inform your doctor if you have:
As this drug may cause dizziness, you are cautioned to avoid activities such as driving. You are also advised not to take this medication with other antidepressants as the risk of seizures may increase. Weigh the risks and benefits with your specialist.
It is essential that you routinely get medical tests, such as that of kidney/liver functions and complete blood count. The liquid equivalent of Zyrtec may contain sugar; thus caution is advised if you suffer from diabetes.
This medication is not without any side effects, but some side effects such as dry mouth, stomach pain, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue can be expected as your body adjusts. If you experience the following persistently, consult your doctor:
Allergic reactions to Zyrtec are rare but if you experience symptoms like rashes, itching, swelling or trouble breathing; inform your specialist immediately.