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Cetirizine is an antihistamine that treats allergies caused by things like pet dander or pollen. It relieves symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. Cetirizine is available in both eye drop and oral (tablet and capsule) formulations. Zerviate is the brand name version of this medicine and it comes as an eyedrop.
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About Cetirizine (Generic Zerviate)
How does it work?
Cetirizine is a type of medicine known as an antihistamine. It blocks a chemical (histamine) in the body that causes allergy symptoms like itchy or watery eyes.
What does it treat?
Cetirizine eye drops treat eye symptoms caused by allergies, like watery, itchy and red eyes. It’s also available over-the-counter in tablet form for allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose.
What forms does it come in?
This allergy medicine comes in different forms, such as tablets you swallow and eye drops that you put in your eyes. This allows you to choose the right form for your allergy symptoms, whether they affect your nose, eyes or both.
Cetirizine vs. Zerviate
Cetirizine is the active ingredient in Zerviate eye drops. Zerviate is the brand name form of this medicine. Brand and generic medicines are both equally safe and effective, but generic medicines might be cheaper depending on your insurance. Right now, Cetirizine eye drops are only available as a brand medication.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If an allergy prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Zerviate 0.24 % Eye Drops In A Dropperette (30 dropperette, single-use drop dispenser blister pack) start at $242.05.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Zerviate 0.24 % Eye Drops In A Dropperette (30 dropperette, single-use drop dispenser blister pack)*
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Cetirizine (Generic Zerviate) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Cetirizine (Generic Zerviate)?
- Soothes itchy eyes caused by allergies
- Available in single-dose form for ease of use
- Works quickly to relieve symptoms
- Very safe for most people
Who should not use this medication?
- People who are allergic to it
Your medical provider can help you understand if Zerviate is the right choice for your symptoms. Make sure to tell your health provider about your medical history and any other medications you’re using before starting this medication.
How do I use this medication?
Tilt your head back and put a drop in each eye, following the label instructions. Don’t let the dropper touch your eye. Ask your medical provider or your pharmacist if you have any questions.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take your eye drops, just use them again when you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, just skip the missed dose and follow your normal dosing schedule.
What happens if I use too much?
It's important to stick to the recommended dose and schedule to avoid side effects. If you’ve taken too much of this medicine, call your licensed medical provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
Can I get Cetirizine (Generic Zerviate) online?
Dr. B can help you get a convenient online prescription for Zerviate. Complete a short health questionnaire and a licensed medical provider will review your symptoms and medical history. If appropriate, they will send a refill or new prescription to your pharmacy of choice.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Cascya Charlot
Cascya Charlot, MD is the current medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of Brooklyn, with a focus on pediatric allergy and asthma initiatives. She is also the head of the pediatric allergy and immunology department at NYP Methodist Hospital. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from New York University, Dr. Charlot continued her education at Harvard Medical School, where she went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital.
Most people use Zerviate eye drops without any problems. Occasionally, some people have mild side effects after putting in their eye drops. These usually get better in a few minutes. The most common side effects are:
- Stinging in the eyes
- Blurry vision
- Red eye
If you experience severe side effects like fast heartbeat, seizures or trouble breathing—or other new and worrying symptoms—contact your health provider or pharmacist immediately.