Zyrtec generic name cetirizine is an antihistamine that works by reducing the substance known as histamine in the body. An excess of histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes and runny nose. It is used to treat the above symptoms as well as to treat itching and swelling caused by hives. It may also be used for other purposes.
It is suggested that you not consume alcohol as it will amplify the side effects of cetirizine.
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. Anything more than that 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 over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Avoid taking sleep inducing medications, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medication for seizures and depression.
Less serious side effects of Cetirizine and alcohol are dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling, dry mouth, sore throat, cough, nausea, constipation or headache. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Centirizine and alcohol are fast pounding or uneven heartbeat, weakness, tremors, sleep problems, severe restlessness, hyperactivity, confusion, vision problems or infrequent urination. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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