Levocetirizine is the generic name given to a family of drugs known as antihistamines that reduce the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine results in symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes and runny nose.
It is used to treat symptoms of year round allergies in adults and children over 6 months of age. It is also used to treat symptoms of seasonal allergies in adults and children older than two.
Also it is used to treat itching and swelling caused by hives in adults and children who are older than six months.
It is suggested even moderate drinking only while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before adults use this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have a history of kidney or liver disease or gallbladder problems.
Any child younger than 12 years old with kidney disease should not take this drug.
Less serious side effects are drowsy, weak, tired, stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth or weight gain.. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, feeling faint, nosebleed (in children) pain or fullness in ear, hearing problems, depression, agitation, aggression, hallucinations, numb or tingling around lips or mouth, jaundice, dark coloured urine, foul smelling stools, fever, stomach pain or loss of appetite.If these occur get emergency medical help.
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