Levocetirizine Oral Solution

Levocetirizine is used for the relief of symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis e.g. sneezing, runny nose, itching of the nose and/or eyes. It is also used for the relief of symptoms associated with chronic skin rashes or hives. It is an antihistamine and works by stopping the effects of histamine, a chemical that causes the allergy symptoms.

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What is this medication used for

Levocetirizine is used for the relief of symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis e.g. sneezing, runny nose, itching of the nose and/or eyes. It is also used for the relief of symptoms associated with chronic skin rashes or hives. It is an antihistamine and works by stopping the effects of histamine, a chemical that causes the allergy symptoms.

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Dosage and How to Use

Adults and adolescents 12 years old and above

0.5mg/mL Oral Solution: 10 mL to be taken once daily as required

Do not use for longer than 10 days without medical advice.

Levocetirizine may be taken with or without food.

For the oral solution, shake the bottle well before use.

Patients with impaired kidney function may be given a lower dose according to the severity of their kidney disease. Your doctor or pharmacist will determine the dose for you.

Related: Know Your Medication 

Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication

Before you use this medication

This medication should be avoided if you have a known history of allergy to levocetirizine, cetirizine or any of the other listed ingredients in the product.

Please seek your doctor's or pharmacist's advice before using this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Interactions with other medications

Be sure to inform your doctor and/or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or plan to take other medications, nutritional supplements or herbal products. Avoid taking with alcohol.

Side effects

Common side effects: tiredness, headache, drowsiness, dry mouth.

Less common side effect: abdominal pain.

Rare side effects: fast or irregular heartbeat.

Related: Self Care and Self Medication

Handling and Storage

Keep out of reach and sight of children.

Store in a cool dry place.

When to seek further medical advice

Inform your doctor and/or pharmacist immediately if you experience any allergic symptoms (e.g. rashes, itchiness, difficulty in breathing or eye swelling) or serious side effects due to this medication.

Consult a doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 10 days of use, or if the condition worsens.

Just Ask! Your Pharmacist - Know Your Medicine, Get It Right! 

Information updated 25th October 2016
Prepared by the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (www.pss.org.sg)


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