Itching Withdrawal From Cetirizine Or Zyrtec (Page 9)
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Carole Says:


I want to know how many are suffering from withdrawal from this drug that causes itching all over the body. At the people's pharmacy there is an article about this very problem, yet Zyrtec doesn't list the information on their web site. This is my third attempt to get off of this med and I'm going crazy from the itching.



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Leslie Says:

Where did you buy the life extension omega 6? I can't find it.

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dracan Says:

Hi all. I was taking Cetirizene (Zyrtek) for 15 years thinking that something at work was making my skin itch. I tried to give up so many times but after 3-4 days the itching became too intense. Last year I promised myself that I would give it up for good and vastly increased my mineral water and vitamin C intake and also began to take a natural antihistamine. Low and behold after 5 days the itching began to subside and I now I am drug free, It's been a hell of a battle and I have to say that my immune system went into overdrive when coming off them (kind of like letting a cat out of a bag so to speak). All good now and I've told my doctor what their effect was and that I took them for 15 years without question. One other thing my Doctor diagnosed me with asthma (I don't have that either) !! my mum passed away and stress from work caused my chest to tighten restricting my breathing....I thought it all through and got better....it far too easy to be given drugs and then God knows what damage they do over time! Good luck to all.

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Denise Says:
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Yes Chet, in the past when I attempted (many times) to quit Zyrtec the itching almost drove me crazy! I mean it was horrible!!! That's why of everything I've ever read about remedies or helpful ideas, I honestly thought my Dr was crazy when he suggested Omega3 and Omega6. But I thought wth do I have to lose? I'm so thankful I took his advice. I wish we could talk and compare notes. Just remember it's Life Extension Omega 3 AND Omega 6. On the label you will see other oils in there like Sesame lignans & olive extract. Take the Omega 6 for 3 days as the bottle suggest (2 capsules twice a day) after 3 days introduce the Omega 3 (1 capsule once a day). They work in conjunction with each other. After one week of beginning the Omega 6, stop the Zyrtec. My dr said Omega is all natural and you can take them forever if you want. Note it also brought my cholesterol and bp down to normal levels. Good luck and let me know if it works out for you.

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Chet Says:
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I am on my third or fourth attempt to discontinue Allegra, after switching from Zyrtec. I am using the supplements recommended by EC in this forum and am down to about 20 ml liquid, from the original dose of 180 mgs. It's a tough challenge, the itching can be extreme!

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Denise Says:
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Take the Omega with food. You might need to ween yourself down from the Zyrtec before trying it. Not sure if it successful if your still on a full dose. I had a mild itchy spot for the first coupe of days but no worse than like a random normal mosquito bite.

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Denise Says:
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Yes those were the only thing I needed! I pray it works for all. Life Extension brand was what my dr recommend because you don't belch up a fishy odor. I ordered mine from amazon prime.

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Chet Says:
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Are Omega 3 and 6 the only supplements or meds you used to discontinue the Zyrtec? Good luck, awesome for you.

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Denise Says:
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I have been part of this blog since shortly after Carole started it. I've added many replys about lowering my dosage little by little until I eventually got down to taking 1/2 a tablet every 4 days. I never made it to 5. So, a new symptom came up a few months ago (dizzy episodes throughout the day). I thought it was vertigo and was tested and sent to a neurologist, after vertigo was ruled out. This Dr asked me why I've been taking this drug for 10 years and I told him about the severe itching if I go over 4 days without. He told me the Zyrtec is causing the dizziness. He put me on Omega 3 and Omega 6. (Life Extension brand specifically). After a week on the Omega's I was told to stop the Zyrtec. Well after all I've been though... praise God, this has been my saving grace. I've been 4 weeks FREE from Zyrtec!!! Please please try it, I'm not a sales person, I just know what your going thru!!!! I thought I'd never be able to do this! I'll never ever take another allergy pill as long as I live!

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Petka Says:
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Noticed a typo.
Started at 10 mg, not 19.
Switched to liquid, so it becomes ml.

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Petka Says:
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Learning from other's suffering, it looks like cutting the amount in half for two weeks for each reduction worked for me.
Started at 19
2 weeks - at 5, snapped in half
2 weeks at 2 1/2, switched to liquid children's.
2 weeks at 1 1/4
2 weeks at 1
2 weeks to reduce to .1 using a smaller calibrated dropper
2 weeks at .1
Overall, 1 nightmare, 1 day of 2 toes itching.

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EC Says:
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An interesting observation now that I have hit the 6 month mark after slowly weaning myself off Zyrtec. While I was taking the medication, I would sometimes wheeze during exercise or at night, needing to use an albuterol inhaler at least twice a week. I simply thought I had developed asthma as an adult. However, a month after stopping Zyrtec, the wheezing simply disappeared. I have not used an inhaler in months. I think the medication was making my body super – sensitive to all allergens, and -- as the previous poster said-- it did not work as well after while. In any case, it is good to be free of the medication. The final symptoms of withdrawal, which were mild itching of my legs after showering and after taking off my clothes at night (relieved with a heating pad), have now completely gone away, and I can honestly say that I have not felt better in a long time.

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Elsa Says:

I found this thread because I'm planning to quit my generic cetirizine as soon as allergy season is over where I am. I've tried to do it before but the horrible itching has always stopped me. Unfortunately, it's a function of how this type of drug (a competitive antagonist) works. Antihistamines bind to the histamine receptors on your cells and keep the histamines in your blood from binding to the receptors and starting an inflammatory response. This works great at first, but over time your body compensates by increasing the number of histamine receptors. That's why the drug may not be as good at controlling your allergy symptoms as it was at first (I suspect that it wasn't really meant to be taken long-term). When you quit cold turkey, you're letting the histamines your body produces flood the increased numbers of receptors and produce one heck of an inflammatory response, which causes all that hellacious itching.

The best thing you can do if you want to stop taking Zyrtec is to slowly wean yourself off over a period of weeks or months, depending on how long you've been using it. Supplement with topical anti-inflammatories and/or cold baths and compresses as needed, and avoid your allergens if possible. Taking other antihistamines may only prolong the process.

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Jenn no more zyrtec Says:
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Just wanted to share with anyone coming to read these for help--high doses of vitamin c work! My post is #541 "no more Zyrtec", and around 72 hrs (three days) after stopping cetirizine, the burning itching began to set in last night, in my palms, in my toes and soles of my feet, my ankles, and then my wrists. I'd had some various areas of mild itchiness in the day or two before, but not like this. I took 800mg of vitamin C and within about 15 mins the sensation subsided almost entirely. An 800mg dose of vitamin c was also the first thing I took after reading from these replies and so many others that the dizziness and nausea are also correlated to stopping Zyrtec, just 12 hours or so after I missed the last dose, and it helped remarkably, as well as magnesium supplements. I have read about quercetine which is a c-based antioxidant, I believe, and I order some and hope it will help with the symptoms. They are natural anti-histamines, and from all that I've was I get tre idea that all the reactions once stopping are a sudden flood of histamine to the system, which cetirizine had previously been suppressing. I'm inclined to blame the drug directly, but in the end what matters is that people are suffering when they stop taking it, greatly moreso than before they ever took it. These remedies do help!

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No more Zyrtec Says:
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Found this article after having to stop taking cetirizine for an upcoming appt with an allergist, for which I need to have no anti-histamines in my body for at least a week.

I began taking cetirizine about three months ago, when my dr prescribed it to address potential allergies that may be causing sinus issues (I never felt like anything was wrong with my sinuses, but I have dark circles and puffiness under my eyes which have not gone away even after taking cetirizine, hence the appt w an allergist for further investigation).

When I first began taking this, I slept amazingly. I have incredibly involved, complex, often stressful dreams, I have a challenging time falling asleep and wake feeling like I've been problem solving all night. For at least the first week I had no dreams. It was amazing. I also noticed that there seemed to be tension--not pressure--in my forehead area that released in a noticeable way, and thought maybe I did have sinus issues that have been there so long I didn't notice. I'm from Colorado but I've lived in Memphis, home of the "sinus cocktail" (a med combination for allergy-related sinus issues) for almost 15 years. I never felt like allergies had become a problem, but we live in an old house, in Memphis, so who knows?

I finished the first month of the script and decided to stop taking it, because I didn't want to be reliant on it. Didn't notice much of a difference except with sleeping issues coming back. I also had a CT scan after that month, since there was no visible change, to see if there was something deeper going on with my sinuses--all sinus cavities came back completely clear, and I think they probably were even before the cetirizine, Then I had a terrible tooth ache combined with ear and jaw pain, which pseudoephedrine had helped previously, so I decided to start taking the certirizine again in case it was somehow related. The tooth pain was managed, and I've been taking it for about 2.5 months, worried about the tooth pain coming back until I could get it pulled. Just had the tooth pulled a week ago, and continued taking cetirizine, until last night.

There was one other night I forgot to take it and I had the most vivid dreams that felt so real, whenever I woke up from each one I was convinced it was real and my husband had to tell me it was not. Now I've been reading about ppl coming off Zyrtec and having nightmares :(

A few days ago, I had the most intense leg pain, down into the bone, and the surrounding tissues, all the way down my leg in to my foot, out of the blue, and so painful it woke me up several times throughout the night. I read of someone else having that experience. I also have been feeling for some time now like I have no joy, but I can't figure out what's wrong, feeling like I need to force myself to smile at my kids and husband, not because I'm unhappy but there's just...nothing. I also gained 9 lbs "out of the blue" between the time I began taking cetirizine and my most recent Drs appt despite zero changes in diet or exercise, as well as escalating blood pressure, swelling and pain in my joints, retaining fluid. I'm not inclined to think each of those is directly related to taking this, but it also seems to fit the time frame and other stories I've read have been similar. I am VERY interested to see what changes occur over the next few weeks as I discontinue this.

After not taking my dose last night, I woke up with an intense headache and became increasingly dizzy, nauseous, generally feeling really unwell. I cancelled the yoga classes I teach on Wednesday nights, and even scrapped my plans for errands because I don't feel safe driving with how dizzy I suddenly am. I came to look up side effects of stopping Zyrtec to see if that might be the cause of ongoing dizziness starting suddenly, and the nausea, and wow, wow, wow!! I do NOT want to go back on this stuff!

I read many, many stories of different approaches people have taken to cope with the withdrawal side effects, and followed the approach many people shared, by taking a very large dose of Vitamin C and vit d (Chris beat cancer has some excellent posts on safe levels a person can consume) and feel noticeably better. Dizziness and nausea are almost entirely gone, and my mood, which has been "empty" or somewhat numb for the last couple months, is greatly improved. I'm suddenly laughing again, even my kids noticed. I plan to keep it up and hope desperately to avoid the terrible itching! I will let everyone I know to be very careful with this drug. I have friends whose kids take it every day :(

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Mark Says:

I am Mark from the Philippines and I just wanna share how I beat my 2 years of chronic urticaria and my body's addiction to Zyrtec Cetirizine. I've suffered from this madness starting February of 2015 and literally felt that it was the worst 2 years of my life. I was always, itchy, dizzy, weak, had vision problems, gained a lot of weight, low libido level and very low focus on my task, It was weakest point in my life and I was literally desperate to gain back my life and my health. I tried everything from doctor visits, allergist, antibiotics, Probiotics, MultiVitamins, Vitamin D, herbs, change my diet, juicing, herbal medicines etc. and nothing really worked. I was about to surrender and succumb to taking the pill everyday and accept that I will be like this - living an almost lifeless life with wrecked health.

I accidentally ran into this website discussion about 2 months ago and it finally made sense to me that it could be the the pill that's doing this all to me. Upon this realization, I took action and totally stopped taking the pill no matter what. The first few days were hell and I was itchy all the time. I almost quit on day 3 and 4 but I never gave up. Until each day I realized that I kept on improving and the itching was less. In about 2 weeks time, I was totally itch free and I felt the surge of energy in my body coming back from being able to finish workouts to having my focus back.

It's been more than a month now and I am very happy to have my life back on track, I feel happier than ever, I am losing weight and I have my professional and social life back without any boundaries.

I am sharing with you guys what I took and did while totally quitting the cetirizine.

1. I was on a high quality organic bovine colostrum - for immune system and allergies twice a day for about the first 2 weeks.

2. Stopped all my refined sugar intake

3. Three liters of water a day

4. When I felt the unbearable itchiness, I take Apis Mellifica (Bee's stings) It's a natural quick relief for hives.

Basically that's it and never really changed my not so good diet.

I hope everyone gets well from this madness. We don't deserve to suffer like that especially from a pill that's being regulated by the government.

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cassie Says:

I slowly cut down to taking about a crumb of it a day. But now I have been completely off for about 3 weeks (March 8 2017)
Still suffering with waves of horrible itching.
Small doses of Benadryl helps

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Lisa Says:

Good luck Chet - I am almost to week 8 since my last tiny dose. Every once in a while I will start to itch in a random spot but sleep is no longer an issue at all. When I flare up a spot I just put some benedryl cream on and I am good to go. Still taking Natural D Hist but down to 2 tablets/twice a day. I ended up at my sons' allergist and he was not at all surprised to hear about my issues getting off Zyrtec. After testing, I started allergy shots.

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Chet Says:

EC, I am in the midst of using your technique and so far, so good. I'm down to a third of a pill (Allegra) and planning to go to the liquid next week, to titrate in smaller increments. Thanks for your info.

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Claudia Says:

I had a reaction to an antibiotic for a UTI and ended up in the emergency room with severe hives. I had taken 1 Zyrtec each day for four days before they got so bad that I was totally covered and needed immediate help. Where I got in to see an allergist two days later he said I could take 4 Zyrtec per day plus Benadryl every six hours. The bottle clearly states not to take more than one Zyrtec in 24 hours but he said it had been tested and approved that you could take up to 6. He also said I should take them all at once - which I thought was crazy and I never went back to him. I took the 4 Zyrtec a day and Benadryl for a week before I was able to start tapering off. I first got off the Benadryl because I was like a zombie taking it. Within a month I was down to one Zyrtec a day before the itching would return. This continued for 3 and a half months when I began to question why I would still have hives. I realized that when I tried to quit the one Zyrtec, the reaction was actually different. Red spots would appear on my hands and feet and get hot and then spread and the hideous itching would start. It was also in my hair, inside my ears and the edges of my eyelids would itch. Any part of my body that was exposed to cold would itch. Desperately searching the internet, I found all of the posts about Zyrtec withdrawal. What a hideous drug and I was also appalled that knowing it is given to children's, why isn't there a warning? I have now reached six weeks in the withdrawal process. I started by taking about six Benadryl a day and wrapping myself in a very soft warm blanket. Hot baths seemed to stop the red spots from staring to itch. At some point I began to worry about the Benadryl and moved on to quercitin, Bromelian, vitamin C, probiotics, Vitamin B 12 and L glutamine. I have Celiac disease and believe that Leaky gut syndrome has slowed my withdrawal. I also have been careful during the withdrawal process to eat healthy, no gluten or dairy and no histamine producing food. Overall my total itching level has definitely improved but I am still taking 4 quercitin a day and seem to have hit a plateau in tapering off. When I take less, the itching is not unbearable but It is bad enough that I can not concentrate on anything else. I will never take Zyrtec, Allegra or Claritin again. I just want my body to return to normal. I won't give up but I am discouraged. I have seen another allergist who had heard of Zyrtec withdrawal but wasn't sure she believed it. She suggested I take Prednisone which I declined. I had a physical and all my blood work was normal. I am searching now for a functional medicine practitioner.

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EC Says:
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2-3 weeks. It will diminish gradually in that time frame, but I saw a huge improvement 3 weeks out. Besides children's Benadryl, high dose vitamin c (1000 mg/day) and Les Labs sinus and seasonal pills (all natural - I buy from Amazon) will help you get through this tough time. You many also notice itching flare up at night after removing your clothes. A heating pad takes care of any itchy spots almost immediately. Good luck. {affiliate link added}

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