What is Xyzal?
Xyzal tablets contain levocetirizine dihydrochloride 5mg per tablet. Levocetirizine is an antihistamine that’s prescribed by doctors to treat the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (such as hay fever) and urticaria (a skin rash). This could be an effective antihistamine to fight your condition if you have previously tried other over-the-counter treatments, including cetirizine or loratadine, and had little success. Xyzal is safe to use alongside a hay fever nasal spray and/or eye drops.
There is the possibility that Xyzal will cause drowsiness in a small number of people, however, it's generally considered to be a non-drowsy antihistamine.
How to use Xyzal
It's important you read the enclosed leaflet thoroughly before using Xyzal to treat your symptoms. The dose for adults and children over the age of six is one tablet a day, swallowed whole (it’s recommended with plenty of water). Children under the age of six can still be prescribed this medicine, but it is recommended that they use a paediatric liquid formulation ("Xyzal 0.5 mg/ml oral solution"). This can be prescribed by your own GP if necessary.
Each Xyzal tablet should be taken before or after food. If you can’t see any improvements in your symptoms, mention this to the doctor so that the treatment can be reviewed.
The tablets can be taken every day during the period of exposure to the allergen, so if you have hay fever you can take a Xyzal tablet every day for the duration of the hay fever season.
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Is Xyzal suitable for me?
In some situations Xyzal tablets won’t be recommended for you, or you’ll be advised to use them with caution. For example, patients who have liver or kidney problems, rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption. Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding should also seek advice from the doctor.
Make the doctor aware if you are taking any other medicines, whether they’re prescribed by your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy. Xyzal will not be suitable for you if you are allergic to levocetirizine, or any of the other ingredients within this treatment.
What are the side effects of Xyzal?
There is the possibility that Xyzal could cause side effects, but not everyone who takes it will experience any. Side effects that have been reported in clinical trials include headaches, drowsiness, dry mouth, and fatigue, although these are all considered to be uncommon. If you experience any of these, you may wish to book an appointment with your doctor to discuss it.
Before starting your treatment, please make sure to read the patient leaflet found within the pack for an extensive list of the potential side effects, and any other important information you need to be aware of. You can also find the leaflet here.