Compare Zyrtec vs. prednisolone acetate
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that won't make you feel too sleepy.
Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) is a steroid used in the eye that is effective for treatment and symptom relief, but with long-term use, it can have some side effects.
- 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).
- Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) works only within the eye, so it will relieve symptoms without having the side effects of oral steroids.
- Kicks in relatively quickly to relieve symptoms.
- Available in generic form.
- 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.
- Depending on the condition, you might have to use Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) up to 4 times a day, particularly in the beginning.
- If using Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) long-term, may require some monitoring by your doctor.
- Contains sulfite, so depending on the severity of your allergy, may not be suitable for those with allergies to sulfite.
- Long-term use can lead to increased risk of more serious side effects.
- Liquid capsule
- Dissolving tablet
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- Taking the wrong medication
- Increased side effects
- Age 65 or older
- Driving impairment
- Taking with alcohol
- Taking other medicines that make you less alert
- Current kidney disease
- Current liver disease
- Glaucoma and cataracts
- Increased risk of infection
- Thinning of eye layer
- Severe allergic reactions