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What is Levocetirizine?

Levocetirizine is an antihistamine medication used to treat hay fever and hives. Antihistamines are commonly used to treat hay fever symptoms (seasonal allergic rhinitis). It is chemically similar to another antihistamine called cetirizine but is more potent, which means it can be taken at a lower dose than cetirizine.

The active ingredient is Levocetirizine dihydrochloride.

How to take Levocetirizine

Levocetirizine tablets contain Levocetirizine 5mg. The usual dose is one 5mg tablet taken once a day. The dose should be swallowed whole with a glass of water and can be taken with or without food. It can also be prescribed as an oral solution.

You should always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you to. It is not suitable to be taken by children under the age of 6.

How does it work?

Hay fever is caused by the body having an allergic reaction to pollen from plants and trees. When pollen comes into contact with areas like the mouth, throat, eyes, and nose, the body reacts by producing a chemical called histamine. This can cause a number of symptoms in these areas such as watery and itchy eyes, a runny or blocked nose, and a sore throat.

Antihistamines like Levocetirizine, work by blocking the effect of histamine on the body. This helps to improve the various symptoms that people experience with hay fever.

Patient Information Leaflet

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