LEVOCETIRIZINE — Side Effects and Special Considerations

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    MJ
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    Side effects of this medication include, but is not limited to:

    COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
    1. tiredness
    2. weakness
    3. sore throat
    4. dry mouth
    5. fever
    6. cough
    7. nosebleed

    Mild side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, consult with your doctor.

    SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS
    1. hives
    2. rash
    3. itching
    4. swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs

    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
    1. Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of levocetirizine.

    2. 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 levocetirizine as an adult’s body.

    3. Medications that interact with Levocetirizine include:
    a. Cold or allergy medicine
    b. sedatives
    c. narcotic pain medicine
    d. sleeping pills
    e. muscle relaxers
    f. medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety
    g. ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra)
    h. theophylline (Aquaphyllin, Asmalix, Elixophyllin, Theolair, Theosol)

    #683

    richardrodriguez
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    If I take levocetirizine, will it make me sleepy?

    #684

    MJ
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    Among antihistamines, Levocetirizine is known to be non-drowsy. However, there could still be instances that it can still cause sleepiness in a a number of people. So before driving or using tools and machines, it would be best that you make sure that your reactions are normal and not sluggish.

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