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    Levocetirizine

    Information about Levocetirizine

    Levocetirizine uses

    Levocetirizine is used in the treatment of allergic conditions.

    How levocetirizine works

    Levocetirizine is an antihistaminic medication. It treats allergy symptoms such as such as itching, swelling, and rashes by blocking the effects of a chemical messenger (histamine) in the body.

    Common side effects of levocetirizine

    Sleepiness, Fatigue, Dryness in mouth, Headache
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    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
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    Last updated on:
    16 Oct 2019 | 01:31 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Levocetirizine

    • Your doctor has prescribed Levocetirizine to help relieve allergy symptoms such as itching, swelling, and rashes.
    • As compared to other similar medications, it is much less likely to make you feel sleepy.
    • Be cautious while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as it can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
    • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication as it may cause increased sleepiness.
    • Stop taking Levocetirizine at least three days before taking an allergy test as it can affect the test results.

    Frequently asked questions for Levocetirizine

    Levocetirizine

    Q. Is Levocetirizine a steroid? What is it used for?

    Levocetirizine is an anti-allergic medication, not a steroid. It relieves the symptoms of allergy. It is used to relieve runny nose, sneezing, and redness, itching, and watering of the eyes caused by hay fever or seasonal allergies. It also relieves similar symptoms caused due to allergies to substances such as dust mites, animal dander, and mold. It is also used to treat symptoms of hives, including itching and rash.

    Q. Does Levocetirizine make you tired and drowsy?

    Yes, Levocetirizine can make you tired, sleepy and weak. If you have these symptoms, you should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.

    Q. How long does it take for Levocetirizine to work?

    You will notice an improvement within an hour of taking Levocetirizine. However, it may take a little longer to notice the full benefits.

    Q. Can I take Levocetirizine and fexofenadine together?

    Sometimes doctor may advise you to take two different antihistamines together if you are being treated for a severe itchy rash. If you are taking Levocetirizine during daytime, your doctor may prescribe another antihistamine which causes sleepiness for the night, especially if the itch makes it difficult for you to sleep. Do not take 2 antihistamines together unless recommended by your doctor.

    Q. Is it safe to take Levocetirizine daily for a long time?

    Levocetirizine is safe if used as prescribed by your doctor. Moreover, it is unlikely to harm you if you take it for a long time. But, it is best to take Levocetirizine for as long as you need it.

    Q. For how long should I continue Levocetirizine?

    The duration of the medicine depends on why you are taking Levocetirizine. If you are taking it for an insect bite, you may need it for a day or two. You may need to take Levocetirizine for a longer time if you are taking it to prevent symptoms of chronic allergic rhinitis (inflammation of nose) or chronic urticaria. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure about the duration of using Levocetirizine.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)