What Kind of Oral Syrup Contains Cetirizine Hydrochloride?


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According to RxList, the syrup form of Zyrtec contains cetirizine hydrochloride. Cetirizine hydrochloride is a crystalline powder that is water-soluble. Zyrtec syrup ranges between having no color to being slightly yellow and contains cetirizine hydrochloride at a concentration of 1 milligram per milliliter.

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According to RxList, cetirizine hydrochloride is the main active ingredient in Zyrtec syrup. Some inactive ingredients in Zyrtec syrup include banana flavor, glacial acetic acid, glycerin, grape flavor and methylparaben. Cetirizine is an antihistamine used to treat cold or allergy symptoms that may include sneezing, itching, a runny nose or watery eyes. Zyrtec tablets, chewable tablets and syrup are all available over the counter, as of 2014. Zyrtec may impair thinking and reaction time, and these side effects are exacerbated by using alcohol with the medication.

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