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Zyrtec vs Allegra

Allergies are very common among the population as one-fifth of the population is having an allergy once in a while in their lives. Some get it permanently and some get it seasonally. It depends on the type of allergy. Some researchers say that an allergy can be acquired as early as infant years through the use of baby powders (which can cause asthma in the long run) and the introduction of milk formula rather than breast milk, which shows that these babies will get food allergies in the long run.

Allergies can be counteracted by so-called antihistamines. These are a class of drugs that blocks histamine receptors that cause inflammation and itching in that body part. Zyrtec and Allegra are one of these antihistamines. Let us try to tackle both.

The generic name Zyrtec is Cetirizine while the generic name of allegra is Fexofenadine. Allegra is available in up to 180 mg while Zyrtec is available in 10 mg. Allegra is classified both as a second and third-generation antihistamine while Zyrtec is classified as a second-generation antihistamine. Allegra was made during 1993 by Sepracor in Massachusetts, USA. It was approved by the FDA in 1996. Zyrtec is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.

Both drugs are indicated for different types of allergy. The front package of both drugs states “relief from sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy nose, and throat.” To be specific, however, Zyrtec is indicated for hay fever, angioedema, and urticaria while Allegra is indicated for seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic urticaria. Regarding the price, both have fair prices.

Common side effects of Allegra include: diarrhea, GI upset, headache, nausea, muscle pain, and tiredness. Common side effects of Zyrtec include: dry mouth, fatigue, insomnia, and stomach pain.

In taking these drugs, one should not if one is pregnant. Thus, one should ask his or her doctor if it is safe to use. If one has kidney disease, liver disease, or if in doubt if it has to be given to a child, never hesitate to ask a physician. Also, stop taking antihistamines if itching develops. This means that you are allergic to antihistamines as well.

Summary:

1. The generic name Zyrtec is Cetirizine while the generic name of Allegra is Fexofenadine.
2. Allegra is available in up to 180 mg while Zyrtec is available in 10 mg.
3. Allegra is classified both as a second and third-generation antihistamine while Zyrtec is classified as a second-generation antihistamine.
4. Zyrtec is indicated for hay fever, angioedema, and urticaria while Allegra is indicated for seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic urticaria.
5. Allegra was made during 1993 by Sepracor in Massachusetts, USA. It was approved by the FDA in 1996. Zyrtec is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.


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  1. What “country” is Allegra manufactured in?

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