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.
Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) is a steroid nasal spray that works directly in your nose to reduce swelling and allergy symptoms.
› 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.
No specific kidneys and liver related info.
› People age 65 and older have a higher risk of troublesome side effects from taking antihistamine medications like Zyrtec (Cetirizine). Watch out for changes in vision, severe dry mouth, trouble urinating, or constipation. Also, feelings of drowsiness may leave you "unsteady" on your feet. This can make you more likely to fall causing broken bones or other serious injuries. Talk with your doctor before using Zyrtec (Cetirizine) and stop using it if you have side effects.
› Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
Upsides and benefits
› 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).
› Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
› Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
› Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
Downsides and risks
› 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.
› Needs to be used everyday to work, so it can't be used as needed.
› Can hace an unpleasant smell or taste.
› It's good for 120 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
› Can't be used in kids younger than age 6 years.
› Need a prescription to get Rhinocort Aqua (Budesonide).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› 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.
› Works best if used everyday. It takes about one week to start seeing the best results.
› Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray correctly.
› Shake the spray gently and clear your nose before each use.
› Before using it for the first time or if you haven't used it in 2 days, prime the spray pump until you see a fine mist.
› Breathe in slowly as you're spraying and tilt your head back slightly after spraying. Wait 15 minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
› Some people get minor nose irritation, nosebleeds, sore throat, or headaches after using it.