ZYRTEC Reviews

Average Rating: 2.0 (1790 Ratings)

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 1  allergies, hayfever depression, hopelessness, anxiety, inability to cope Yesterday evening I had been taking Zyrtec generic for 3 days, and had a huge fight with my partner over something that normally would have been a small fight if any at all. I felt extremely hopeless, sad, anxious, frustrated. These feelings continued this morning. I hadn't made the connection yet and took the morning dose of Zyrtec. Experienced more fighting, deep depression, fear, hopelessness, inability to cope to the point where I was literally banging my head on the wall to stop the thoughts that I'd rather be dead than feel this way. I normally cope pretty well so this was frightening for me and my partner. I'm relieved to have found this site and realize I am not nuts and will feel better once the drug is out of my system. F 43 3 days
10 MG 1X D
7/27/2011
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 1  Allergies Fatigue, extreme irritability, sore throat, back and shoulder pain,erratic sleep. Terrible, terrible drug. Do not take it! It made me so irritable that I wanted to snap at everyone for the least little thing. Just felt terrible the whole time I was taking it. The side effects were much worse that the allergies I was taking the Zyrtec to treat. I'd much rather suffer from the allergies than from these side effects. It was that bad. M 53 3 days
10MG 1X D
7/25/2011
 5  seasonal allergies I take Zyrtec as needed (not daily). It relieves my itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and generalized crappy feelings. F 28 3 years
10mg 1X D
7/21/2011
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 1  allergies Child became irritable and irrational after 5 months of taking this awful drug. I barely even recognized him. After reading all of the comments on this website, I am unbelievably upset!! Why are doctors still even prescribing this to children???? I'm throwing this terrible stuff away....and going a more homeopathic route. Doctors- STOP PRESCRIBING THIS TO INNOCENT CHILDREN!!! M 3.5 5 months
5 1X D
7/20/2011
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 1  allergies dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, depression, itchy scalp, insomnia. I had no problems while taking Zyrtec, MAJOR withdrawls starting 3 days after my last dose. I felt a dizziness that I can't find the words for, almost like I was in space, this happens randomly throughout the day. I feel cloudy and can't think straight when this is happening to me. Initially I didnt even realize that this was from the Zyrtec, I thought I had something seriously wrong with me so I went to get blood work done. I though I was diabetic. My results all came back 100% normal. My mother was the one who said "Hey do you think it could be from the Zyrtec you were taking"? I thought no way, so I decided to search for zyrtec withdrawls and I am amazed at all the similar stories. It has now been about 8 days since my last dose and I am still having these strange dizzy spells. Now to top it all off I have been getting literally 2-3 hours sleep at night, tossing and turning like crazy! It is so frustrating. I am so tired yet if I lay down to sleep, the second I dose off I am awake again. I hope this stuff is out of my system soon! M 31 14 days
5 2X D
7/20/2011
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 1  allergies I took this crap for 2 years before I realized it was causing my anxiety ,depression, fatigue, dry skin,eyes,mouth, and severe cognitive function decline. I had to quit my job because it got so bad. I am glad to have found the cause. Zyrtec is going in the garbage can where it belongs. M 25 2 years
10mg 1X D
7/19/2011
 1  asthma Runny nose, bloating in the face, depression, nightmares I had taken zyretec last year for 4 months after i had a horrible asthma attack. within those 4 months, were the worst times of my life, I felt very depressed, and at one point had thoughts of suicide, im 15 years- and am still growing in height and noticed that my natural speed of growth had stopped dramatically, (i was 14 at the time when i was taking it). Any time i took the medicine i would wake up with a bloated face- even my friends in school noticed the change in my face (my self esteem lowered big time). My nose was constantly runny- and i had huge exams- so the outcome, as you can see, didnt go so well, yes, it helped my breathing, but id rather not go through those 4 months again. I also do recall having some terrible dreams. I dont recomendend this medication for anyone below the age 18, atleast it is what i think, since i am younger i had a higher risk of many side effects. Now that i have stopped using it, and switched back to singular, my face went back to normal, my nose isnt runny, my height hasnt changed- it takes a while for your natural growth to take back its place in order( by the way my parents are very tall- my mom is 5'7 my dad 6'0, i dont believe it is a gene thing) , and the bad dreams i was having no longer exist. F 15 4 months
IDK 2X D
7/13/2011
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 4  Seasonal allergy to grass Sleepiness, puffy below the eyes, but does help my allergies. It was very helpful to read a lot of the comments. I've only been using Zyrtec one day, and have had a few of the side effects, but don't want to give up on it just yet as it has help immensely with my allergies. During this time of year, when the sun is finally out in Oregon, I would have been banished to the inside of my house. Was actually able to take a couple of wonderful hikes with my husband in the last couple of days without any sneezing, watery, itchy eyes or runny nose. From all I have read sounds like taking a smaller dose, not staying on it too long, and weaning yourself off gradually seems to be the best course of action, if you are not willing to give up on it. I'll cut back to 5 mg per day at 8pm each night and see what happens. Wish me luck :) F 49 1 days
10 1X D
7/2/2011
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 1  Allergies and Asthma Didn't notice any side effects when I was on it except a constant stuffy nose, worse asthma but I am unsure that is because of the ZYRTEC. I am experiencing bad withdrawals right now. This is my second time trying to come off of it, using Clariton as a supplement to try to get off of it. This is my third day and I am very, very dizzy and extremely nauseous. I am praying that I do not vomit. I do not want to take it any longer so I hope it goes away. The first time I tried to get off of it I was so itchy I could not work or sleep. The clariton has helped with that, but I want to get off of that also. I have successfully withdrawaled off of effexor, advair and singular and it took me 1 year. I never thought Zyrtec would have such bad withdrawals since it was an OTC allergy medicine... Lets face facts: All medicines are horrible, DON'T use it! F 28 1 years
1X D
7/2/2011
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 1  Inner ear infection Two days after taking my last dose I started itching terribly bad in my hands and feet. I thought maybe I was having an allergic reaction to something but I had no hives or red spots at all. I thought maybe just dry skin but even with lotion the itching would not go away. I thought maybe there was a connection with the drug and have found thousands of reports of intense itching after stopping with this product. I would much rather have dealed with the ear infection than put up with this intense itching which I find will take at least 2 weeks to subside. F 37 10 days
2X D
7/1/2011
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 2  Toddler Allergies Took my toddler off of the Children's Zyrtec after a few months because when I used it, it made him tired and cranky. I had to switch to Claritin, which is not as good but less side effects. Doc said that sometimes the sensitivity to Zyrtec seems to be hereditary. I tried adult dosages and even half doses and it still made me too tired. F 2 60 days
1X D
6/28/2011
 2  Seasonal allergies/ Insect bites Eczema, drowsiness, irritability I began taking Zyrtec by the recommendation of my doctor, to help deal with itching from insect bites. I took it for about two weeks, and in that time, I became tired more quickly, and developed a very short temper. I also developed a very painful, scaly rash on my face. I spoke to my mother about it, and she said that when she tried taking Zyrtec, she experienced muscle spasms in her legs! That sounded a bit too scary to me, so I quit taking it right away. I've been off it for two days now, and the rash is almost cleared, and my mood and energy levels are back to normal. Even if it did stop the itching from the insect bites I don't ever plan on taking Zyrtec again! F 17 2 weeks
10 mg 1X D
6/21/2011
 1  allergies to a laundry soap I think chronic fatigue, irritability, anger, depression, weight gain, itching, dizzyness I started taking it when I began having horrible allergies (turned out to be from a powder laundry soap). While taking Zyrtec I felt very lethargic, depressed, irritable, easily frustrated, I had no energy or strength. I had the allergy for weeks before I took zyrtec and did not have the symptoms that I ended up having while on the Zyrtec so I know they didn't result from the allergy. I am normally a thin person and I gained 9 pounds in the two months I was taking Zyrtec. I am normally a very patient, loving, thoughtful parent. I am a happy, easy-going, and very motivated person. While on Zyrtec I was very irritated and unhappy with my family. I didn't realize that these symptoms were due to Zyrtec at the time. My allergy went away and I didn't take zyrtec anymore. My energy was back, I started my P90X exercize again and lost four pounds. I felt like my old self again and was a happy mom and wife again. Then a few days ago I cleaned that shelf where the laundry soap had been and my allergy came back. I started the zyrtec four days ago. Again, I have no energy. I have not excersized at all, I'm hungrier, I am so irritable even the sound of my husband chewing food makes me angry. I feel overwhelmed when the baby cries. I kept shaking my head today saying, "there is something wrong." I decided to look up the side effects of zyrtec. That's the only thing I am taking. Finding this blog has totally confirmed my suspicion. I know now, that all those symptoms I had were n F 31 3 months
10 mg 1X D
6/12/2011
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 4  nurse practitioner prescribed After taking Zyrtec for 17 months, initially I took it to help with itchy ears and runny nose, I decided to go without it. I have not taken Zyrtec in over a week now and have been feeling fatigued and been experiencing headaches, plus I came down with a urinary tract infection (I had not had one in years!) I suspect I am suffering withdrawal symptoms and hope the symptoms have peaked and will eventually wear out. I wish I had not been on this drug for so long. I hope things get better for me. felt fine when I was taking the drug, but feel kind of miserable since I stopped taking it. F 40 17 months
10 MG 1X D
6/9/2011
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 4  Sinus Infection Rapid heartbeat, anxiety, fatigue, no sleep I've been off the drug for 24 hours still no change in rapid heartbeat my doctor says it will take 3 days to get out of your system. He has prescribed me something to calm me down so I can sleep. F 37 3 days
120 1X D
6/2/2011
 2  Allergies At first Allergy relief, now nothing. It seems to have stopped working for me after about 9 months of taking it religiously F 24 9 months
10 1X D
5/29/2011
 4  Severe allergy symptoms First, let me point out that my allergy symptoms for the most part were "cured". I have been complaining lately of extreme fatigue and weight gain in the belly area where I have NEVER had an issue before. Last night my husband pointed out that I began complaining about these things after taking Zyrtec. I looked at my calendar, and he's right! I've reached out to my doctor to look at other options for treatment. In the mean time, I skipped my Zyrtec does last night, and do not plan on EVER taking it again. I realize that everyone reacts differently, and I would recommend this product to others. I do feel, however, that the makers of Zyrtec should include a "journal" of sorts for their customers to use and track changes to their mood, behavior, energy level, and figure. Actually, I plan on keeping a journal from now on when ever I try a new drug or homeopathic approach. It's just plain scary to think how these side effects can sneak up on you... F 29 2 months
1 pill 1X D
5/26/2011
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 3   Bad sore throat, Earache in one ear, headache, mussell pain in neck and in back and shoulders, arms,felt really strange and had a hard time thinking straight. This drug works for allergies but causes great discomfort in the body as a whole. Nothing helps much so u suffer with the side effects for many hours after taking it. I have taken this drug off and on for many years each time having to stop taking it because of the bad side effects. Today i had enough and I took my bottle of Zyrtec and I flushed it down the Toilet!! F 49 7 days
10 1X D
5/26/2011
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 3  Year Round Allergies/Asthma My son has several allergies, eczema, chronic sinusitis, and asthma. I know that the Zyrtec helps his itchy eyes, itchy throat, and helps control his sneezing. My 7 year old son has been taking Zyrtec for years for his allergies. He takes one tablet with breakfast and also takes two puffs QVAR (steroid inhaler). It wasn't until reading all these posts that I realized that so many of his behaviorial problems are more than likely side effects. He has horrible angry outburst, hard to get him up for school, will say he hates himself and that he's stupid. Has a hard time focusing in school. His teacher and I assumed he is exhibiting ADD symptoms. I even researched ADD diets and was loosly treating him as if he had ADD. I do notice he scratches a lot - but he also has eczema. I will definatley start weaning him off. He will need another medication to control all his allergies though. He's been on Nasonex and some other med when he was little(about 3yrs old) that gave him night terrors and sleep walking. Poor kid has gone through so much - but never complains. M 7 3 years
10 1X D
5/22/2011
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 1  hay fever Depression: feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, despair. When I stopped taking this medicine, within two days I felt as if a great dark cloud had lifted and i was myself again. I will never, never take this medicine again. I will never allow my children to take it. I very nearly made some serious changes to my family because of what I thought were reasonable feelings; if I hadn't made the connection between my hopeless feelings and the medicine I was taking, I would likely have wrecked my and my children's peaceful home life. F 40 21 days
10 mg 1X D
5/20/2011
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