Can I Take Zyrtec (10 Mg) And Phenylephrine HCl (2.5 Mg) Together?


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As both of these drugs are readily available in stores, they cannot contain anything too dangerous. Read the small print on the instructions provided inside the packet to see what is suggests each drug can or cannot be taken with. Typically, if this is not a combination of drugs that has been prescribed by your doctor then it is highly recommended that you do not combine the two. It is not advised that you should experiment with drug combinations without proper medical advice and information about any side effects that may be involved. If it is a combination that you are really keen to take for something you are suffering with, you should first consult a doctor or pharmacist. While the mixture may not be lethal it is important to know if there are any risks involved, no matter how small.

Zyrtec is an antihistamine drug that can be bought off the shelf as an antihistamine to help treat symptoms of allergies, hay fever, urticaria and angioedema. It works primarily for allergies by blocking the H1 receptors in the body. When an individual is suffering with an allergic reaction, histamine acts on these receptors to cause redness and itchiness. The drug can be bought in pill and syrup form, both of which are absorbed at a reasonably rapid rate. The drug can stay in the body for a maximum of 21 hours before being excreted, meaning that allergy sufferers mostly only need to take one dosage a day.

Phenylephrine HCI is used primarily as a decongestant. This is sold as syrup, nasal sprays or as eye drops. The drug is readily available over the counter and is an alternative to the sometimes banned Pseudoephedrine. The drug’s effectiveness as a decongestant stems from its vasoconstriction of the nasal blood vessels. Decreasing the blood flow to the sinusoidal vessels will lead to decreased mucosal edema. This will relieve individuals of the feeling of having a blocked and stuffy nose.

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