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Brotapp
(pseudoephedrine / brompheniramine)

Zyrtec
(cetirizine)

Relieves congestion and allergy symptoms. Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) is okay for treating congestion, but it could make you really tired or keep you wide awake.Treats allergy symptoms. Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that won't make you feel too sleepy.
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Reviews for Zyrtec (cetirizine)
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+47% better vs. Brotapp (pseudoephedrine / brompheniramine)
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Brotapp side effects.

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How it works
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Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine that relieves allergy and cold symptoms. Brompheniramine (an antihistamine) treats runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes or skin. Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears your sinuses.Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. Antihistamines can also make you sleepy, but Zyrtec is a low-drowsiness version.
Type of medication
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Over-the-counter
Prescription or OTC
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid capsule
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you drowsy or less alert
  • Women of childbearing age
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking MAO inhibitors
Detailed Brotapp (pseudoephedrine / brompheniramine) risks & warnings »
  • Age 65 or older
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Current kidney disease
  • Current liver disease
Detailed Zyrtec (cetirizine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Alcohol
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  • While taking this, avoid alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
No alcohol related info.
Kidneys and liver
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No kidneys and liver related info.
  • People with kidney or liver disease may need to take a lower dose of Zyrtec (Cetirizine) to prevent overdose. Talk with your doctor to be sure you are using the correct dose.
Sleep
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  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) can make you dizzy and drowsy. It could increase the risk of falls for elderly people.
  • Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) is a combination medicine that relieves cold and allergy symptoms. It's good to use if you have congestion, watery eyes, and sneezing.
  • Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) clears nose congestion to help you breathe better.
  • Brompheniramine (an antihistamine) helps relieve itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.
  • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) works as well as other antihistamines to treat sneezing and runny nose, but causes less sedation.
  • Works well to also treat hives and itchy skin.
  • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is available over the counter without a prescription.
  • It comes as a tablet, liquid, and quick-dissolving tablet.
  • It can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults.
  • It's okay to take with most other medications because it has few drug interactions.
  • Most people don't get any side effects from Zyrtec (Cetirizine).
Downsides and risks
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  • If you don't need both of the medications in this combination, you'd be taking extra medicine and can have extra side effects for no reason.
  • Pseudoephedrine (the decongestant) can make your heart race or make you feel anxious and restless.
  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine) can make you dizzy and drowsy. It could increase the risk of falls for elderly people.
  • The two ingredients in this medication can make you either really tired or keep you wide awake. See how it affects you before doing anything important.
  • Although it works fast, its effectiveness wears off for some people over time.
  • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) can be slightly more sedating than Allegra or Claritin.
  • Some people find that other more sedating antihistamines, like Benadryl, are more effective for them than Zyrtec (Cetirizine).
  • If you have daily allergy symptoms, a prescription nasal steroid spray might be better for you long-term.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Brompheniramine (the antihistamine ingredient in Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine)) can make you sleepy, so avoid activities that require you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
  • While taking this, avoid alcohol and other drugs that make you drowsy.
  • Pseudoephedrine (the decongestant ingredient) can make you restless, so don't take it too close to bedtime.
  • Can cause an irregular or fast heartbeat, and can raise your blood pressure.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take. Don't take more than recommended on the package.
  • You need to show an ID to buy Brotapp (Pseudoephedrine / Brompheniramine) in the drugstore because it contains pseudoephedrine.
  • Starts working in a few hours. Only take it once a day.
  • Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed.
  • Avoid some of the side effects by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated liquids.
  • If you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor about trying a nasal steroid instead since it might work better for you long-term.
  • Using an antihistamine eye drop instead can also work better to treat itchy or watery eyes.
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