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Levocetirizine is effective against all allergic inflammatory reactions, which are accompanied by copious effusion, itching, irritation of the skin and mucous membranes.
Apply it, starting from 6 years of age, with allergies of the following types:
- respiratory: on plant pollen , dust , mold, animal hair ;
- food dermatosis ;
- insect: on insect venom;
- drug: for some drugs.
Dosage and administration
Levocetirizine is produced in the form of tablets, packaged in blisters of 7, 10 or 14 pieces. A single dose of medicine is taken 1 time a day, at the same time, regardless of the meal. Tablets are swallowed whole, washed down with ordinary water.
|Category of patients||The recommended dosage and frequency of administration of Levocetirizine tablets|
|Children from 6 to 12 years||no more than 1 tablet per day|
|Children from 12 years old and adults||1 tablet every 24 hours|
|Patients with renal failure||1 tablet every 2-3 days depending on the condition of the urinary system|
Treatment can last without a break from 3 weeks to 6 months. In the case of a short-term and one-time exposure of the allergen to the human body, the course of therapy can last no more than 7 days.
Levocetirizine should not be taken:
- during pregnancy;
- when breastfeeding a baby, as the drug passes into the mother’s milk;
- in case of severe renal failure;
- with hypersensitivity to the drug or its components.
Patients with kidney disease and the elderly should be more careful when taking this drug, it is necessary to strictly follow the dosage specified by your doctor.
The most frequent side effect of levocetirizine is drowsiness and dry mouth, in about one in 20-50 patients.
In children, the typical side effect recorded in about 5% of cases is overexcitement and irritability.
Less common are the following side effects:
- tearfulness and depression of the nervous system;
- respiratory disorders;
- weight gain.
|Components||The composition of the tablets Levocetirizine|
|Active substance||Levocetirizine dihydrochloride|
Levocetirizine is very rapidly absorbed in the digestive tract, from where it enters the bloodstream and blocks all histamine receptors that react to allergens. Thus, Levocetirizine can not only reduce an existing allergic reaction, but even prevent its development.
In half of the patients, the effect of taking the medication occurred within the first fifteen minutes, in the rest - within an hour. The result obtained is maintained throughout the day.
Levocetirizine is processed in the liver to produce a biologically passive metabolite. Excreted by the kidneys within 3-4 days. It does not penetrate into the cells and does not accumulate in the body, therefore it is practically safe.
No interaction of Levocetirizine and other drugs was found. Theoretically, it is possible to aggravate the patient's sedative response while taking Levocetirizine and sedatives.
It is not recommended to combine reception of this antihistamine with alcohol.
An overdose of Levocetirizine is possible if the patient is taking 2 or more tablets in less than 24 hours. The risk of intoxication is higher - the greater the dose of the medication taken, and the younger the patient. At the slightest suspicion of drug abuse, you must:
- take activated carbon or its analogs;
- flush the stomach;
- consult a doctor.
It is released without a prescription. Keep out of reach of children.
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