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Drugs. 1990 Nov;40(5):762-81.

Cetirizine. A review of its pharmacological properties and clinical potential in allergic rhinitis, pollen-induced asthma, and chronic urticaria.

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Adis Drug Information Services, Auckland, New Zealand.


Cetirizine, a piperazine derivative and carboxylated metabolite of hydroxyzine, is a potent histamine H1-receptor antagonist with antiallergic properties. It has marked affinity for peripheral histamine H1-receptors and, at the standard dose of 10mg daily, lacks the CNS depressant effects of standard antihistamines. In addition, it inhibits histamine release and eosinophil chemotaxis during the secondary phase of the allergic response. Results from controlled clinical trials indicate that cetirizine is an effective and well tolerated treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria. Cetirizine appears to be as effective as conventional dosages of terfenadine, chlorpheniramine and hydroxyzine in relieving symptoms associated with these disorders and produces a markedly lower incidence of sedation than chlorpheniramine, hydroxyzine and several other standard antihistamines. Thus, cetirizine appears to provide a useful alternative to other 'nonsedating' antihistamines; cetirizine may also have a future role in the treatment of allergic asthma and certain forms of physical urticaria.

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