Xyzal

Xyzal relieves chronic hives and allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. May cause drowsiness.

Xyzal Overview

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Xyzal is a medication used to relieve the symptoms of seasonal and indoor (perennial) allergies and to treat chronic hives. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. These work by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, and watery eyes.

Xyzal comes in tablet and oral solution (liquid) forms. It is usually taken once daily in the evening.

Common side effects include tiredness, weakness, and sore throat.

Xyzal can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Xyzal affects you.

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Xyzal Cautionary Labels

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Uses of Xyzal

Xyzal is a prescription and over-the-counter medication used to treat seasonal and indoor (perennial) allergies. It is also used to treat chronic hives.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Xyzal Drug Class

Xyzal is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Xyzal

Serious side effects have been reported with Xyzal. See the "Xyzal Precautions" section.

Common side effects of Xyzal include:

  • drowsiness
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • sore throat
  • dry mouth
  • fever
  • cough
  • nosebleed

This is not a complete list of Xyzal side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Xyzal Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipyrine (Phenazone, in Auralgan, Aurodex, and Auroto)
  • Azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax)
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Erythromycin (E-mycin, Erythrocin)
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Medications for anxiety, mental illness, or seizures
  • Sedative or sleeping pills
  • Theophylline (Theolair, Slo-Bid)
  • Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
  • Ritonavir (Norvir)

Do not consume alcohol while using Xyzal.

This is not a complete list of Xyzal drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Xyzal Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Xyzal including the following:

  • drowsiness
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • sore throat
  • dry mouth
  • fever
  • cough
  • nosebleed

Xyzal can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Xyzal affects you.

Do not take Xyzal if you:

  • are allergic to Xyzal or to any of its ingredients
  • are allergic to cetirizine (Zyrtec) or to any of its ingredients
  • have end-stage renal disease or any other kidney disease

Xyzal Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Xyzal, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before taking Xyzal, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Xyzal or to any of its ingredients
  • are allergic to cetirizine (Zyrtec) or to any of its ingredients
  • have kidney problems
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Xyzal and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X - are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Xyzal falls into category B. There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with Xyzal. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.

Xyzal and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Xyzal is assumed to be excreted in human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using Xyzal.

Xyzal Usage

Take Xyzal exactly as prescribed.

Xyzal comes in tablet and oral solution (liquid) forms. It is usually taken once daily in the evening.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take 2 doses of Xyzal at the same time.

Xyzal Dosage

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • other medical conditions you have
  • your age

The recommended dose of Xyzal for adults and children aged 12 years and older is 5 mg once daily in the evening.

The recommended dose of Xyzal for children aged 6 to 11 years is 2.5 mg once daily in the evening.

Xyzal Overdose

If you take too much Xyzal, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention right away.

If Xyzal is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.

Other Requirements

  • Store Xyzal at room temperature.
  • Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.