Alcet Syrup

Alcet Syrup is manufactured by Healthcare Pharmacuticals Ltd. Alcet Syrup contains 2.5 mg/5 ml Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride. It is Non-sedating antihistamines class drug.

Alcet is a preparation of Alcet. Levocetirizine is the active (levo) isomer of Cetirizine. It is a new highly effective and well-tolerated non-sedating antihistamine with potent antiallergic properties. It has a two-fold higher affinity for H1-receptors than Cetirizine. Levocetirizine has a rapid and long-lasting action, allowing once-a-day administration.

Uses

Alcet is used for the treatment of symptoms associated with allergic conditions such as seasonal allergic rhinitis, perennial allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria.

Brand Name: Alcet
Generic: Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride
Weight: 2.5 mg/5 ml
Type: Syrup
Therapeutic Class: Non-sedating antihistamines
Manufacturer: Healthcare Pharmacuticals Ltd
Price: 70.00
Last Updated: November 20, 2020 at 6:15 pm

Dosage

Alcet contains Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride 2.5 mg/5 ml. Alcet Dosage:

Adults and children 12 years of age and older: 5 mg once daily in the evening

Children 6 to 11 years of age: 2.5 mg once daily in the evening

Children 6 months to 5 years of age: 1.25 mg (1/2 teaspoon oral solution) once daily in the evening

Renal Impairment: Adjust the dose in patients 12 years of age and older with decreased renal function

 

Side Effects

The most common adverse reactions (rate ≥2% and > placebo) were somnolence, nasopharyngitis, fatigue, dry mouth, and pharyngitis in subjects 12 years of age and older, and pyrexia, somnolence, cough, and epistaxis in children 6 to 12 years of age. In subjects 1 to 5 years of age, the most common adverse reactions (rate ≥2% and > placebo) were pyrexia, diarrhea, vomiting, and otitis media. In subjects 6 to 11 months of age, the most common adverse reactions (rate ≥3% and > placebo) were diarrhea and constipation.

Precaution

Epileptic patients and patients at risk of convulsions. Renal impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.

Alcet

Interaction

 

Pregnancy Lactation use

Pregnancy: The safety of Levocetirizine in pregnancy has not been established. Therefore, it should be used with caution during pregnancy and only if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh any risks to the foetus.

Lactation: Levocetirizine passes into breast milk. So, it should be used with caution in nursing mothers and only if the expected benefit to the mother is greater than the risk to the nursing infant.

Contraindication

It is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to this medication or to any of its ingredients.

Special Warning

Paediatric use: Not recommended for use in children less than 6 years of age.

Acute Overdose

Symptoms: Drowsiness, agitation, restlessness, confusion, diarrhoea, dizziness, fatigue, headache, malaise, mydriasis, pruritus, sedation, somnolence, stupor, tachycardia, tremor and urinary retention. 

Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment. Gastric lavage must be considered shortly following ingestion.

Interaction with other Medicine

 

Storage Condition

Store between 20-25°C.

FAQ

What is Alcet used for?

Alcet is used to relieve runny nose; sneezing; and redness, itching, and tearing of the eyes caused by hay fever, seasonal allergies, and allergies to other substances such as dust mites, animal dander, and mold. It is also used to treat symptoms of hives, including itching and rash.

Does Alcet make me sleepy?

Alcet is called a non-drowsy antihistamine; however, it can still cause drowsiness in a few people. Make sure your reactions are normal before you drive and before you use tools or machines.

What are the side effects of Alcet?

Side effects of Alcet include:

  • dry mouth
  • fatigue
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • central nervous system depression
  • drowsiness
  • sedation
  • dizziness
  • mental or physical weariness
  • disturbed coordination
  • restlessness
  • inability to sleep (insomnia)
  • shakiness (tremors)
  • intense excitement
  • nervousness
  • disturbed state of mind
  • irregular heartbeat
  • seizures
  • upper abdominal distress
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • impaired bile flow (cholestasis)
  • inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
  • liver failure
  • liver function abnormality
  • fast heart rate
  • ECG changes
  • abnormal heart rhythm (extra heartbeat, heart block)
  • low blood pressure
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • difficult or painful urination
  • urinary retention
  • impotence
  • spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • visual disturbances
  • blurred vision
  • double vision
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • acute inflammation of the inner ear
  • irritability
  • involuntary movement of facial muscles
  • tightness of the chest
  • thickening of bronchial secretions
  • wheezing
  • sweating
  • chills
  • early menses
  • toxic psychosis
  • headache
  • faintness
  • numbness and tingling
  • lowered white blood cell count
  • low red blood cell count
  • deficiency of platelets

Rare side effects of Alcet reported include:

  • yellowing skin and eyes (jaundice)

Can I take Alcet daily?

In patients with allergic rhinitis, treatment with Alcet at a dose of 5 mg daily produced a significant decrease in sneezing, rhinorrhea, itching nose, itching eyes and nasal congestion. Also the efficacy of Alcet to treat chronic idiopathic urticaria was widely demonstrated.

Is Alcet an antibiotic?

Alcet is an antihistamine that decreases the effects of histamine, a natural chemical in the body. Symptoms like a runny nose or hives may be caused by histamine.

Is Alcet good for cough?

Levocetirizine+Ambroxol is used in the treatment of cough. Levocetirizine + Ambroxol is a combination of two medicines: Levocetirizine and ambroxol which relieve cough. Levocetirizine is an antiallergic that treats runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.

Is Alcet anti inflammatory?

In addition to its being a potent antihistamine, Alcet has several documented anti-inflammatory effects that are observed at clinically relevant concentrations that may enhance its therapeutic benefit.

Does Alcet make me gain weight?

Antihistamines may also increase appetite, which can cause weight gain. Anecdotally, people using Alcet (levocetirizine)—an antihistamine similar to Zyrtec (cetirizine)—they have noticed they have put on extra pounds, which is what a very small percentage of patients who used the drug during trials experienced.

What are the benefits of Alcet?

Alcet is an antihistamine used to relieve allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, and sneezing. It is also used to relieve itching and hives. It works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction.

Is Alcet a decongestant?

The effectiveness of Alcet is: 

  • relieving nasal symptoms, including obstruction,
  • improving nasal airflow, 
  • exerting decongestant activity.

How much Alcet can I take in a day?

For oral dosage form Alcet solution: 

Adults and children 12 years of age and older— 5 milligrams (mg) or 10 milliliters (mL) (2 teaspoons) once a day taken in the evening. Some patients may be given 2.5 mg or 5 mL (1 teaspoon) once a day taken in the evening.

What is the dosage for Alcet?

For oral dosage form Alcet solution:

Adults and children 12 years of age and older— 5 milligrams (mg) or 10 milliliters (mL) (2 teaspoons) once a day taken in the evening. Some patients may be given 2.5 mg or 5 mL (1 teaspoon) once a day taken in the evening.

What is Alcet?

Alcet is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms such as a runny nose or hives. Alcet is used to treat symptoms of year-round (perennial) allergies in children who are at least 6 months old.

Does Alcet lower immune system?

Alcet Inhibits Migration of Immune Cells to Lymph Nodes and Induces Treg Cells in a Murine Type I Allergic Conjunctivitis Model.

Is Alcet safe for diabetics?

Alcet attenuated the elevated renal levels of TNF-α and TGF-β1, ameliorated renal oxidative stress and restored NO bioavailability in diabetic kidney.

Can I take two Alcet?

Alcet attenuated the elevated renal levels of TNF-α and TGF-β1, ameliorated renal oxidative stress and restored NO bioavailability in diabetic kidney.

Can Alcet be used for skin allergy?

Alcet oral tablet is used to treat the symptoms of seasonal and year-round allergies. It's also used to relieve itching caused by hives (patches of red, swollen, itchy skin). This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy.

Is Alcet a sedative?

Alcet has modest sedative effects with a risk ratio of 1.67 when compared with placebo. The sedative effects observed for Alcet are not different from other second-generation antihistamines.

Is Alcet good for sinusitis?

If allergies are the cause of the recurrent sinusitis, anti-allergy medications like antihistamines may be prescribed. These include agents like Alcet.

Can Alcet be taken empty stomach?

Alcet is usually taken in the evening, with or without food.

Is Alcet harmful?

Alcet tablet may cause dizziness or drowsiness and affect mental alertness. If you experience any of the symptoms, do not drive or operate machines.

Is Alcet a steroid?

No, Alcet is not a steroid. It is a leukotriene blocker. Leukotrienes are natural substances released during an allergic reaction which causes constriction of muscles of airway. It can also cause allergy symptoms.