ZYRTEC Reviews

Average Rating: 2.0 (1790 Ratings)

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RATING  REASONSIDE EFFECTS FOR ZYRTECCOMMENTSSEXAGEDURATION/
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DATE ADDED
 
 1  Allergies Massive vomiting. Dizzy and weird heart beat. Was in bed for 10 hours sick. Never again F 44 1 days
4/24/2012
 1  Runny nose and itching eyes My normally challenging child -- high energy, silly, rambunctious, etc., began to react with screaming at everything that he didn't like as soon as we started him on it. Yesterday, he absolutely melted down in a grocery store - screaming, growling, kicking, etc. He's never been a model for correct behavior, but he's never been an ANGRY child like this before. He will not be getting another dose. Zyrtec has provided me with one of the most horrifying, humiliating experiences of my life. I feel horrible that my son had to experience this. I note that there are many people who did not connect their negative behavior with the drug and have suffered years because of it. What a shame. M 8 14 days
10 mg 1X D
4/19/2012
 2  allergies headache, short tempered and tired!!! very sleepy after taking zyrtec liquid gel not a good choice of allergy medication because it makes you very tired. F 16 2 days
10 mg 1X D
4/18/2012
 3  Skin itching over entire body Had no obvious side effects except that I have been very anxious, angry, suspicious, and distrustfull of my wife for the past 4 years. She has accused me of not being a "happy" person for the past 6-8 years, Always used to be (or at least I thought) a happy person but was in denial over hte past 4 years thinking it was all her. After reading the posts on this site I realized that it may be the meds. quit them 6 days ago! Itching like crazy but will see what happens. Felt really weird last 2-3 days figure it's withdrawal symptoms She has accused me of not being a "happy" person for the past 6-8 years, Always used to be (or at least I thought) a happy person but was in denial over hte past 4 years thinking it was all her. Just about ready to get divorced! After reading the posts on this site I realized that it may be the meds. I quit them 6 days ago! Itching like crazy but will see what happens. Felt really weird last 2-3 days figure it's withdrawal symptoms. Need to see my doctor. M 58 10 years
10 mg 1X D
4/17/2012
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 3  Respiratory Allergies Irritability I have been taking this drug during allergy season for 2 years now. I took it almost daily from spring through fall last summer, in fact. It was my wife in fact who pointed out that this drug causes irritability. It was so subtle, in fact, that I didn't notice it -- but I was generally not a nice person while I was on this drug, and it took me a long time to figure it out. If I didn't have someone else around to point out the change in my personality, I'll bet I would never even have caught on to it. So, BEWARE of this drug. I was cranky for no reason at all while taking this. Happiness is important to me, so I won't be taking it anymore. This is a drag, because the pill really did help my allergies. Sigh. M 40
10 MG 1X D
4/16/2012
 3  allergies/follicular eczema/hives. Had episodes every spring until fall of skin eruptions,intense urticaria,sneezing, nasal congestion.ect...This started out about five years ago and just progressively got worse every year until started to seek actual medical care for condition. Was treated for everything including poison ivy and scabies by primary care for months was on high doses of steroids by mouth and injections,which resulted in high blood pressure,severe weight gain, mood swings, insomnia and the old wonderful pesticide cream for months, that the primary once again insisted that i needed so the rest of my family did not get the scabies.The cream never cleared up anything and my husband whom I slept with every night never had one skin issue.My children who were very young and would occ. sleep with us never had a spot. If you know anything about these pesty critters is, they leave no human unturned, skin is skin and infestation for such a period of time would have infected every family member.After much arguing wi F 43 14 days
1X D
4/12/2012
 1  allergies severe stuttering I am a Speech Pathologist working with young children. I have a student who had sudden onset of severe stuttering. I tried every method of therapy with no real change. I met with parents and they noted that they started Zyrtec around time of stuttering onset. They took him off it and stuttering was GONE, completely GONE. The family did a couple trials and we are all convinced it was the medication. M 3 6 months
1X D
4/12/2012
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 2  Seasonal Allergies Extreme irritability, mood swings, depression I began taking Zyrtec once we moved to North Carolina because my allergies were horrible in the Spring. My wife noticed an extreme change in mood and extreme irritability on my part. I noticed that I was more depressed. After her suggestion to quit the Zyrtec, I began feeling more like myself and my mood changed back to normal. I only took this for 2 weeks and could feel the mood shift pretty quickly. If you decide to try this medication, keep track of your feelings and moods! M 26 2 weeks
10 mg 1X D
4/11/2012
 3  Allergies/Asthma Moderate Depression and Mood Swings, Tinnitus, Decreased Libido Been off it for 2 days, and my mood and sex drive back to normal... It did help the allergy symptoms, though. Given that it helped me breathe, I guess it was worth it. Now that the mold we had in the house is gone and dissipating, I'll be saying goodbye to this drug for the foreseeable future. M 30 14 days
1X D
4/10/2012
 1  lung congestion with cold Breakthrough menstrual bleeding, after three years in menopause, extreme dry cracked lips and skin Worked well for drying up the congestion, however the side effects were horrible. My lips dried up and chapped and cracked to bleeding beyond recognition and 8 days later I'm still slathering them with lotions and vaseline to help heal. Skin itching and irritation and worse yet....I began to menstruate, although I went into menopause three years ago! All this even though I was drinking tons of water-- a big glass every hour while taking it because I knew of its dehydrating side effects. I did find a site that mentions break-through menstrual bleeding as one of its side effects. 8 days later, I'm still experiencing it, had no issues with this for years until the day after the first zyrtec!! F 56 2 days
30 1X D
4/10/2012
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 1  Severe Allergies and asthma Anxiety, loss of concentration, depression, and major withdrawal symptoms if I miss a dose (I forgot to take it last night and have just used a box of Kleenex in sneezing repeatedly for 2 hours, with a major headache, and swollen sinuses.) After several years of exemplary performance in my job I've just received a second warning in 6 months regarding errors in my production, and unkind and even aggressive inter office communications. Since I know that this is not my MO, I've tried to assess what was different about my habits- medications that may have contributed to this -Zyrtec is the only medication that has been a consistent factor during this period of time. I've taken this drug religiously for 4 years - it has helped control the histamine production and subsequently helped to keep my asthma in check. But now I have to reconsider my options; if this causes me to lose my job I will find an attorney to help me sue the manufacturer. F 57 4 years
10mg 1X D
4/9/2012
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 1  allergy sinus pressure and pain stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue. 12 hours after taking the medicine I feel horrible and lethargic. Parts of my body have a strange, tingling feeling. I feel like I'm someone else. Strange. I would never,ever take this medication again, even though it stopped my sinus pressure and pain. F 56 1 days
10 mg 1X D
4/9/2012
 1  Seasonal allergies Depression, anxiety I've been taking Zyrtec from the age of 6 when it was a prescription and have taken it for about 7 years. When I was young, the medicine worked well and I could notice a difference when I stopped taking it but as I got earlier my body may have gotten used to taking it everyday because then it stopped working. Last year I started taking Allegra D, and that worked fantastically so this year I thought I might start Zyrtec again because it's cheaper for the most part and easier to swallow without water (when i forget and have to stuff one in my pocket to take on the go). I bought Zyrtec about a month and a half ago since the weather warmed up realllyyyyyy early this year and started taking it. Ever since then I experienced mass amounts of depression. not sure if this is soley related to Zyrtec but I did relapse into a cutting habit I gave up 2 winters ago so I figured it was because something triggered my depression again. F 15 30 days
60 2X D
4/4/2012
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 5  Seasonal Allergies My children and I take Zyrtec - it is amazing! BEST STUFF EVER! My family swears by it. F 46 5 years
10 mg 1X D
3/29/2012
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 4  seasonal allergies I have been taking zyrtec d for a month. Ive developed a cough, gained 5 pounds, noticed swelling of feet and hands. The meds. Make me feel great during the day, but I cant handle the side effects. So glad I found this forum. F 31 1 months
3/29/2012
 1  Allergies Rage. Severe unexplained rage and thinking of conflicts long over and wanting to hurt these people for no logical reason. Severe pain and swelling suddenly present in first joint of index finger. Feels like a small round hard object has appeared out of nowhere. Cystic almost. This happened to me three years ago and I took one pill back then. I was desperate for some allergy relief but this is unbearable. Can't sleep, freaked out. Anxiety. Want to hurt the people who snuck this crap thru. I HATE YOU ZYRTEC. Die you rat bastage. F 38 2 days
1 1X D
3/27/2012
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 4  Allergies Actually read the possible side effects before popping a pill in your mouth people! Most of the side effects you all are complaining about are listed For a reason....Here's a copy from their site..Nothing's hidden from you...... Some side effects with Zyrtec, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. As with most recently approved non-prescription products, Zyrtec is usually safe to use and rarely causes serious side effects. These serious side effects include but are not limited to:   Wheezing or other breathing problems Difficulty passing urine High blood pressure (hypertension) A rapid heart rate (tachycardia) or a feeling of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (known as heart palpitations) Confusion Anxiety An increase in liver enzymes Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:   An unexplained rash Hives Itching Unexplained swelling, especially of the lips, mouth, or throat.   Less Common Zyrtec Side Effects Rare Zyrtec side effects occur in less than 2 percent of people taking the drug. Because these side effects are so uncommon, it is difficult to tell whether they are caused by Zyrtec or something else.   These less common side effects include but are not limited to:   Loss of appetite Flushing Migraines A spinning sensation (vertigo) Gas Hemorrhoids Bladder infection (urinary tract infection or UTI) Ringing in the ear (tinnitus) F 35 10 days
10 mg
3/24/2012
 1  for seasonal allergies I gave this to my 6 year old son a few days ago because nothing else over the counter was working to relieve his symptoms. Swollen puffy, red eyes and running nose. Yesterday his teacher emailed me described his mood that day as erractic, emotional, sensitve etc. He told he he did not like his school or any of his classmates. He was throwing things and crying for no particular reason. He has never had a behavior problem at school to that level. Very scary. I took him off of it and am using something less effective. M 6 2 days
10mg 1X D
3/23/2012
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 3  seasonal allergies Nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps. This happens within a few hours of taking the pill. This happened last season, but I thought I'd try again. Still made me sick. I have to take one pill once per day for 3-4 days for this side effect to stop. Great for allergies, not for my stomach. Best allergy med I've tried if not for stomach issues. F 31 1 days
1pill 1X D
3/22/2012
 1  seasonal allergies brain fog, extreme fatigue, muscle aches, drowsiness, heavy eye feeling, irritable and irrational mood changes, dry nose, stuffed nose, irritating cough. It was awful! I took one tablet, for one day. I took it at night time and immediately felt that something was wrong. I woke up several times throughout the night, but still felt extremely tired, as though I couldn't ever wake up. When I finally woke up, extreme headache, fogginess. Felt drowsy and weak. No energy, completely lethargic all day long. I will NEVER take this medicine again, and I wouldn't advise anyone else to take it. I've never felt so out of control ever. I knew it had to be the medicine that I took for me to feel this way, but then finding this site and reading all of the other side effects, I linked my anger and irritability with it as well. SHOCKING that this is an OTC allergy med. 2 Thumbs WAAAY DOWN! F 25 1 days
10 1X D
3/17/2012
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