What is Xyzal 5mg?
Xyzal 5 mg tablets are prescribed to treat the cold-like symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Xyzal relieves symptoms such as a stuffy, itchy or runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.
These tablets treat allergic rhinitis symptoms caused by year round allergies and seasonal allergies like hayfever.
How does Xyzal work?
Levocetirizine dihydrochloride is the active ingredient in Xyzal tablets. Levocetirizine is an antihistamine, which is an anti allergic medication. It relieves the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and also eases the itching and hives associated with urticaria (also known as nettle rash).
Do not use Xyzal tablets if:
- You’re allergic to levocetirizine dihydrochloride, cetirizine, hydroxyzine or any of the other ingredients in this medication
- You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have very poor kidney function
Talk to your doctor before using Xyzal if:
- You have medical or family history of seizures
- You are unable to empty your bladder
- You are scheduled for an allergy test, as Xyzal may affect the results
- You have an intolerance to some sugars
How do you take Xyzal?
Make sure you take Xyzal antihistamine tablets as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor will tell you exactly how long to take Xyzal for, depending on the nature of your allergic reaction.
The typical dose for adults is to take one tablet every day. (If you have an impaired kidney function, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose) Swallow the tablet whole with some water. You take it with or without food depending on your preference.
It is a good idea to avoid alcohol when taking Xyzal as you are more likely to experience side effects from Xyzal when consuming alcohol at the same time.
How effective is Xyzal?
Xyzal tablets are effective at treating mild allergic reactions. The tablets work quickly to treat symptoms.
You shouldn’t have any negative effects from stopping treatment, but in rare cases people have experienced intense itching. If this is the case, you should seek advice from your doctor.
What are the main side effects of Xyzal?
Like all medicines, Xyzal can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Three of the most common side effects of Xyzal are:
- Dry mouth
Some people find that Xyzal makes them drowsy, so don’t drive or operate machinery until you know if you will experience this side effect.
For a full list of Xyzal side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.