What is Xyzal?
Xyzal is a brand of anti-histamine drug with the generic name of “levocetirizine”. It comes in tablets and oral solutions and is typically used to counter allergy-related symptoms. Xyzal is also considered a “non-drowse” anti-histamine since this drug does not have sedative effects.
As the label “anti-histamine” suggests, this drug opposes the action of histamine in the body. Histamine is said to be produced by the mast cells in the body in response to invasion by a foreign irritant or substance, commonly known as allergens. When there is an increase in histamine levels in the blood, allergy-related symptoms come out and become apparent. Allergic reactions or symptoms that come out depend on the type of condition or on the contaminants. In the case of hay fever, those who get affected usually present with inflammation to the nose, eyes, and skin which lead to eye itching, nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose among other symptoms.
Aside from hay fever, Xyzal may be used in typical and seasonal allergies experienced by both adults and children. Some of these allergies may be a result of food irritants or exposure to allergens. Xyzal is also prescribed to those with chronic urticaria or hives. But before taking this drug, one must consult with his/her doctor to avoid complications. Children below 6 months old are not allowed to take this drug, along with those who are allergic to levocetirizine and those who have severe kidney disease. People with problems in the gallbladder and liver should also take caution and seek doctor advice before taking Xyzal.
Though Xyzal is said to have no sedative effects, those who take the drug are still advised not to drive or operate machines since some sleepiness might still occur. Alcohol intake is also contraindicated as this may increase the drug’s side effects such as headaches, fatigue, dry mouth, and/or lethargy. For personal safety, it is still best to coordinate with doctors before taking Xyzal.