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Levocet 5 MG Tablet 10

Levocet 5 MG Tablet 10

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    Uses :

    Levocetirizine is an H1 receptor blocker which is most commonly used to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis. It is also used to treat chronic idiopathic urticaria and perennial allergic rhinitis in adults and children of 6 years of age and older.

    Mode of drug action


    Levocetirizine is an H1 receptor blocker which is most commonly used to alleviate symptoms of allergy. H1 receptors are G-protein coupled receptors that are located on the T cells, B- cells, monocytes, and lymphocytes. Stimulation of H1 receptors causes inflammatory effects, vasodilation, headache, bronchoconstriction, hypotension, and tachycardia. Levocetirizine blocks the H1 receptors which are commonly activated by histamine- inflammatory mediator and potent vasodilator.

    What are the common side effects?

    The most commonly reported side effects of levocetirizine are drowsiness, dry mouth, nose or throat irritation, sore throat, tiredness, weakness, fever or cough, swelling in the upper and lower limbs, and nosebleed.

    Warning

    Pregnancy: Safe under medical guidance Breast feeding: Safe under medical guidance Alcohol: Unsafe Kidney dysfunction: Caution required Liver dysfunction: Caution required

    Special precautions for safe use

    • The most common side effect of levocetirizine is drowsiness. So, take the medication at the bedtime.

    • Use the drug with caution in geriatric population as they may be more sensitive to the affects of the drug.

    • Do not take levocetirizine in case of any hypersensitivity reactions. If there is a history of epilepsy or kidney damage talk to the doctor, because these condition may require lower levocetirizine dosage.

    • Levocetirizine causes drowsiness. Therefore, it is better to avoid the activities that involve alertness.

    • Avoid consumption of alcohol while taking levocetirizine as it may potentiate the side effects of the drug.

    • Drugs such as theophylline, tranquillizers, ritonavir, and sedatives when co-administered with levocetirizine may worsen the side effects. Therefore, inform the doctor if any such drugs are being taken.

    • Consult the doctor in case of pregnancy or breast-feeding as levocetirizine drug may be unsafe during pregnancy and breast feeding, which would harm the fetus.

    What else should I know?

    1. How should I use this medication? Levocetirizine should be taken with or without food preferably after food with a glass of water. It is recommended to take the medication in the evening as levocetirizine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. However, consult your physician before use.

    2. Are there any storage precautions for levocetirizine? Store the medication at room temperature (25°C) and away from direct heat and sunlight. Keep the drug out of reach of children.

    3. Is levocetirizine a steroid or narcotic? Levocetirizine is an antihistamine medication. It is not a narcotic or steroid.

    4. Is levocetirizine used as a decongestant? Yes, levocetirizine can be used as a decongestant. It evacuates sinuses, clears nasal airways and stuffy nose.

    5. Can I take any other medications along with levocetirizine? You must discuss with your doctor before taking any other medications.

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