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People with allergies may find relief from their symptoms by taking Zyrtec-D. Uses of the drug include the treatment of runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and other symptoms. This is a particularly useful allergy medicine, as it usually does not cause drowsiness, unlike many other non-prescription allergy products. Zyrtec-D is used for adults and children age 12 and older.
Zyrtec-D Uses: An OverviewZyrtec-D® (cetirizine and pseudoephedrine) is a non-prescription medication approved to treat allergies in adults and children as young as 12 years old. Zyrtec-D contains two different medications: pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) and cetirizine (an antihistamine). Although Zyrtec-D was originally a prescription-only medication, it is now available without a prescription. It is approved to treat the following allergy symptoms:
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose or throat
- Nasal congestion.
Because Zyrtec-D contains pseudoephedrine, it is kept "behind the counter" at pharmacies, due to laws that regulate the sale of pseudoephedrine. These laws were put in place to prevent the use of pseudoephedrine for making methamphetamine ("crystal meth"). You do not need a prescription, but you will need to show ID and sign for Zyrtec-D.
Zyrtec-D Uses for AllergiesAllergies are the immune system's specific reaction to normally harmless substances, such as pollens, certain foods, or medicines. Allergies can be seasonal or perennial. Seasonal allergies (such as hay fever) occur at specific times of the year, while perennial allergies can occur throughout the year. Allergies can affect various parts of the body, and symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy shots or medications. Zyrtec-D is a particularly useful allergy medicine, as it usually does not cause drowsiness, unlike many other non-prescription allergy products.