MAXCET 5MG contain Levocetirizine which belongs to a group of medicine called antihistamines. It is used for the relief of symptoms of hay fever and other allergic conditions such as sneezing, runny or itchy nose or for skin rashes such as chronic nettle rash, idiopathic urticaria in adult and children over 6 years of age. It 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.
Maxcet 5mg Tablet can be taken with or without food. The dose required by you may vary depending on what you are taking it for. This medicine is usually taken in the evening, but follow the advice of your doctor on how to take it. You may need this medicine only on days you have symptoms, but if you are taking it to prevent the symptoms then you should take it regularly. If you miss doses or stop taking it earlier than advised, your symptoms may come back.
This medicine is generally very safe. The most common side effects include feeling sleepy or dizzy, dry mouth, fatigue, and headache. These are usually mild and go away after a couple of days as your body adjusts to it. Consult your doctor if any of the side effects persist or worry you.
Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have any kidney problems or epilepsy (seizures). Your dose may need to be modified or this medicine may not suit you. Some other medicines can interact with this medicine so let your healthcare team know what else you are taking. You should also talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, although it is not thought to be harmful.
Relieve the symptoms of hay fever and other allergic conditions such as sneezing, runny or itchy nose or for skin rashes such as chronic nettle rash, idiopathic urticaria
HOW MAXCET 5MG WORKS
MAXCET 5MG 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 take MAXCET 5MG exactly as your doctor has told you. This medicine must be taken with or without food. Try to take this medicine at the same time each day. It should be swallowed whole with water. Do not crush or chew the medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS OF MAXCET 5MG
Allergic reactions (including sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, rash itchiness and fever), swollen throat, face, eyelids or lips(angioedema)
Thoughts about committing suicide
Bruising or bleeding more easily than normal
Diarrhoea, nausea, dry mouth
Pharyngitis, cold-like symptoms of the nose (children only)
Depression, hallucination (hearing or seeing thing), aggression, confusion, sleeplessness
Abnormal liver function test results
Oedema (generalised swelling due to water retention)
HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS
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.
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.
Maxcet 5mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Maxcet 5mg Tablet is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Maxcet 5mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Larger doses or more prolonged use of Maxcet 5mg Tablet may cause drowsiness and other effects in the baby or decrease the milk supply
Maxcet 5mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Maxcet 5mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Maxcet 5mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Maxcet 5mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Maxcet 5mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with liver disease. No dose adjustment of Maxcet 5mg Tablet is recommended.
WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE MAXCET TABLET?
If you miss a dose of Maxcet 5mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Tell your doctor if you have or had a condition such as,
Problems passing urine (such as spinal cord problems or prostate or bladder problems)
An epileptic patient or a patient at risk of convulsion
Scheduled for allergy testing
Rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you use, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, and herbal supplements.
Hay fever and allergic reactions
Tablet, Capsule, Syrup
Store below 20-25°C and keep out of reach of children.
FAQs ABOUT MAXCET 5MG
Can MAXCET 5MG lower immune system?
No, this medicine does not influence the immune response.
Can MAXCET 5MG cause dizziness?
Yes, this medicine may cause dizziness in some individuals. 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.
Can I take MAXCET 5MG during breast feeding?
No, it can pass into breast milk. It is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.