Name: Levocetirizine 5mg Tablet
Manufacturer: Jan Aushadhi
MRP: Rs. 4.22
Unit Price: Rs. 0.42
Package Price: Rs. 4.22 (Qty.: 10)
Package Form: strip
Medicine Form: tablet
What is Levocetirizine?
Levocetirizine is a type of drug used to control allergic reactions. These reactions can be uncomfortable to the patient and can be curbed with the help of Levocetirizine in prescribed dose. Apart from tablets, the capsules and oral syrup. Dosage of the medicine is decided by the doctor and should not be altered by the patients themselves.
Composition of Levocetirizine
Each tablet of Levocetirizine 5 mg, consists of 5mg of Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride. It also contains 64 mg od Lactose Monohydrate in inactive form.
What is Levocetirizine Used for?
Since Levocetirizine is a potent anti-histaminic, it is used to curb mild to moderate allergic reactions. The commonest conditions for which Levocetirizine is used are as follows:
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Allergic Bronchitis
- Nettle Rash
- Allergic Dermatitis
- Rash developing after insect bite
Mild to moderate allergic responses are easily curbed with the help of Levocetirizine. However, sometimes patients tend to develop excessive allergic response as happens in case of angioedema, anaphylaxis etc. In such cases, small doses Levocetirizine may not be helpful in curbing the allergic response. The doctor could change dosage of the medicine or change the medicine all together.
Side Effects of Levocetirizine:
Most medicines are associated with some amount of side effects. Their demonstration depends on the dose of medicine and patient's response to the medicines. Side effects of Levocetirizine have been mentioned below:
- Considerable sleepiness is experienced on consumption of levocetirizine.
- Patient may experience fatigue, dizziness and lack of concentration. Therefore, it is usually consumed before bed time in order to avoid these side effects.
- Dryness of mouth is a common complaint associated with consumption of Levocetirizine.
Precautions for Levocetirizine Consumption:
The side effects of Levocetirizine have been outlined above. Patients should be careful if they experience any of these effects after consuming the medicine. Similarly, there are a few other precautions to be followed while consuming Levocetirizine. They have been mentioned below:
- Levocetirizine should never be taken along with or just before and after consuming alcohol.
- Inform your doctor if you have any kidney disorder as you may require altered doses of Levocetirizine.
- Inform your doctor if you have ever experienced allergy to Levocetirizineearlier.
Like Levocetirizine, there are other drugs as well that control allergic response quite effectively. A list of some drugs similar to Levocetirizine has been mentioned below:
- L Lodizin 5mg tablet
- Xyzac 5mg Tablet
- Zipcet 5 mg Tablet
- Starcet 5mg Tablet
- Can pregnant women consume Levocetirizine?
Levocetirizine has no proven harmful effects on the mother or unborn baby. But pregnant ladies should consume the medicine only if there is no other alternative. The doctor must be notified about impending pregnancy so that dose of the medicine can be altered accordingly.
- Does Levocetirizine have any chemical interaction with other medicines?
Azithromycin is an antibiotic which is known to enhance effects of Levocetirizine. Both drugs should not be consumed together. Levocetirizine should not be consumed along with any sedative drugs like Lorazepam.
- Do patients develop allergy to Levocetirizine?
At times patients may experience that, the complaints for which they were taking Levocetirizine, have increased after taking the medicine. There could be other allergic responses as well. These effects are due to allergic reactions to the medicine itself. Patients experiencing such effects should contact their doctor immediately for further medical treatment.
- What are anti-histaminics?
Anti-histaminics are substances which control allergic reactions in the body. Histamine is a substance released into the blood stream following exposure to any kind of allergic substance. Release of Histamine leads to redness of the skin associated with rash and itching. This reaction is controlled by anti-histaminics.