ALERID contain Cetirizine which belongs to a group of medicine called antihistamines. It is used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever (seasonal rhinitis) such as sneezing, itchy, red and watering eyes, irritated, runny or blocked nose in adults and children over the age of 2 years and also used to relieve the symptoms of other.
allergies such as runny and itchy nose (non-seasonal rhinitis), skin allergies such as rash, itching and urticaria (hives), pet or house mite allergies in adult and older children (over the age of 6 years).
ALERID works by blocking the effects of histamine, which may be overproduced in allergic reactions which causes unpleasant symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes, running or blocked nose, sneezing and skin rashes. This medicine is strictly not recommended for use in children under 2 years.
Before taking this medicine tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney disease, heart disease, liver problems. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking this medicine.
Alerid Syrup 60 ml belongs to a class of drugs called anti-histamine or anti-allergic. It contains cetirizine, primarily used to treat various kinds of allergies. An allergy is an immune system response to foreign elements typically not harmful to your body.
These foreign elements are known as ‘allergens.’ Allergic condition varies from person to person. Some might be allergic to certain foods and seasonal allergies like hay fever. At the same time, others might be allergic to pollen or pet dander.
Alerid Syrup 60 ml contains cetirizine (anti-histamine), which is used to treat allergies as it blocks the effects of a chemical messenger known as ‘histamine,’ which is naturally involved in allergic reactions. Additionally, Alerid Syrup 60 ml also treat hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis), round the year dust or pet allergies
(perennial allergic rhinitis), and urticaria (swelling, redness, and itchiness of the skin). In short, it helps to relieve the discomfort and unpleasant symptoms that occurred due to allergic conditions, like blocked/runny/itchy nose, red/watery eyes, and skin rashes.
Always take Alerid Syrup 60 ml exactly as your doctor has prescribed you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure. Do not chew, break, or split the tablet; swallow it as a whole with a glass of water. Like all medicines, Alerid Syrup 60 ml can cause some side effects; however, not everybody gets them.
If you observe tiredness symptoms, feeling sleepy, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, dry mouth, sore throat, nausea, cold-like nose symptoms (in children), or diarrhoea (in children). In very rare cases, people might have thought about committing suicide. If you feel like this, stop the medicine and immediately contact your doctor.
You should not take Alerid Syrup 60 ml if you are allergic to cetirizine, currently breast-feeding, or have severe kidney failure (creatinine clearance less than 10 ml/min), the problem of urinary retention and fructose intolerance. Do not give this medicine to children who are less than two years of age groups. Check with your doctor if you are taking midodrine to treat low blood pressure and ritonavir for HIV infection.
USES OF ALERID
Relieve the symptoms of hay fever, non-seasonal rhinitis, skin allergies such as rash, itching and urticaria (hives), pet or house mite allergies
HOW ALERID WORKS
ALERID works by blocking the effects of histamine, which may be overproduced in allergic reactions which causes unpleasant symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes, running or blocked nose, sneezing and skin rashes.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Always use ALERID exactly as your doctor has told you. Check the label for directions before use. Shake well before use.
SIDE EFFECTS OF ALERID
Allergic reaction including severe reaction and angioedema (serious allergic reaction which cause swelling of the face or throat)
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Alerid Syrup 60 ml, consult your doctor. If you have kidney problems, dose adjustment might be required; the doctor will do it depending upon your disease’s condition. Please inform your doctor if you have a problem passing urine and have epilepsy (fits) before starting Alerid Syrup 60 ml.
If you are supposed to undergo skin testing, the doctor might advise you to stop taking Alerid Syrup 60 ml 72 hours before the test as it decreases response to skin prick test. Patients should be cautioned against getting engaged in the work which required too much mental alertness like operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle after intake of Alerid Syrup 60 ml. Concurrent use of Alerid Syrup 60 ml with alcohol or other antidepressants should be avoided as it can reduce your mental alertness.
The daily dose in adults and children 12 years of age and older should not take more than 5 mg once daily. Besides this, in children 6-11 years of age, the recommended dose is 2.5 mg once daily. Patients should avoid taking over dosage of Alerid Syrup 60 ml because of the increased risk of sleepiness and drowsiness at higher doses.
Drug-Drug Interaction: Alerid Syrup 60 ml have interactions with pain killer (antipyrine), antibiotics (azithromycin, erythromycin), antacid (cimetidine), anti-fungal (ketoconazole), respiratory disease medicine (theophylline), and decongestant (pseudoephedrine), anti-viral or anti HIV drugs (ritonavir).
Drug-Food Interaction: Alcohol and St John’s wort plant (a plant used as anti-depressant) should not be used along with Alerid Syrup 60 ml.
Drug-Disease Interaction: Alerid Syrup 60 ml is contraindicated in kidney disease, epilepsy (fits), urinary bladder problem and alcoholism.
HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS
Drink lot of fluid such as water or squash, to avoid dehydration. Do not take any other medicines without talking to a doctor.
Try taking this medicine with, or just after, a meal or snack and stick to simple meals and do not eat rich or spicy food.
Get up and move around to feel awake, take small naps to edge off the sleepiness. Give your eyes a break to avoid fatigue and eat a healthy food to boost energy.
Apply hot or cold-water bag on your head. Take rest in a quiet and dark room. Drink tea or coffee.
WARNING & PRECAUTIONS
ALERID is considered safe for use by pregnant women. It is advised to consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
ALERID is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with ALERID.
ALERID is not recommended in patients with active kidney diseases. Before taking this medicine consult your doctor. Consult your doctor for advice.
Do not take ALERID if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to cetirizine or any other ingredients in this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you have or had a condition such as,
Have problem passing urine (like spinal cord problems or prostate or bladder problem)
Suffer from epilepsy or are at risk of convulsion
Have hereditary intolerance to some sugars
Are due to have an allergy test, as this medicine may affect your allergy test results
Talk to your doctor if you are taking,
Theophylline (used for some heart conditions or breathing disorders like asthma or bronchitis)
Central nervous system depressants such as barbiturates (used as sedatives or anaesthetics)
Store below 20-25°C and keep out of reach of children.
Q: Is ALERID good for dry cough?
A: Yes, it improves cough due to pollen allergy. Antihistamines are more effective in reducing chronic cough in children with allergies.
Q: Can I take ALERID during pregnancy?
A: Yes, it is considered safe for use by pregnant women. It is advised to consult your doctor before taking.
Q: Can ALERID lower immune system?
A: No, this medicine does not influence the immune response.
Q. Is Alerid Syrup a steroid? What is it used for?
Alerid Syrup is an anti-allergic medication, not a steroid. It relieves the symptoms of allergy. It is used to relieve runny nose, sneezing and redness, itching, and watering of the eyes caused by hay fever or seasonal allergies. It also relieves similar symptoms caused due to allergies to substances, such as dust mites, animal dander, and mold. It is also used to treat symptoms of hives, including itching and rash.
Q. My child is restless and unable to sleep properly at night. Can I give Alerid Syrup?
No, although this medicine causes drowsiness as a side effect, it should not be given to induce sleep in children. Consult your child’s doctor if your child has trouble sleeping as it could be due to some other underlying condition.
Q. Can other medicines be given at the same time as Alerid Syrup?
Alerid Syrup can sometimes interact with other medicines or substances. Tell your doctor about any other medicines your child is taking before starting Alerid Syrup. Also, check with your child’s doctor before giving any medicine to your child.
Q. How much Alerid Syrup should I give to my child?
Alerid Syrup should be given strictly as prescribed by your child’s doctor. The dose of the medicine is calculated according to your child’s body weight and age. Do not increase or decrease the dose on your own as it may cause unwanted effects and can worsen your child’s condition.
Q. What if I give too much of Alerid Syrup by mistake?
Although Alerid Syrup is relatively safe to use in children yet an excessive amount may cause some serious side effects such as seizures, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, irritability, slow breathing, and coma.
Q. How should Alerid Syrup be stored?
Store Alerid Syrup at room temperature, in a dry place, away from direct heat and light. Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children to avoid any accidental intake.
Q. When do I need to call my child’s doctor right away?
Always consult your child’s doctor at every step in case of any confusion. However, immediate assistance may be required if your child develops serious side effects. These may include allergic reactions (such as facial swelling, trouble breathing), signs of liver problem (such as dark-colored urine, yellow eyes or skin), excessive sleepiness, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations, feeling confused or hyperactive, trouble passing urine, irritability, and vision changes.
Q. How long does it take for Alerid Syrup to work?
You will notice an improvement within an hour of taking Alerid Syrup. However, it may take a little longer to notice the full benefits.