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Zyrtec-D warnings and precautions are especially important for people with glaucoma, enlarged prostate, or thyroid disease. Also, if you have liver or kidney disease, your body may not handle the drug as well as it should. Other Zyrtec-D warnings and precautions to be aware of include the safety of taking the medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Zyrtec-D: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Zyrtec-D® (cetirizine and pseudoephedrine) if you have:
- Heart disease
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Thyroid disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Difficulty passing urine
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Zyrtec-D Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Zyrtec-D include the following:
- The pseudoephedrine component of Zyrtec-D may make many medical conditions worse, such as:
If you have any of these conditions, check with your healthcare provider before taking Zyrtec-D. Plain Zyrtec® (which does not contain pseudoephedrine) may be a better choice for you.
- If you have liver or kidney disease, your body may not handle Zyrtec-D as well as it should. Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug, as you may need a lower dosage.
- Zyrtec-D can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Zyrtec-D Drug Interactions).
- Zyrtec-D is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Zyrtec-D and Pregnancy).
- Zyrtec-D passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Zyrtec-D and Breastfeeding).