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Is prolonged use of Zyrtec (Cetirizine) safe for my three-year-old child?

Is Zyrtec (Cetirizine) safe to use long term? My child is 3 years old and will often get bouts of cough, usually late at night. A doctor said to give him Zyrtec 5ml once a day. All his symptoms stop or are reduced when he is taking Zyrtec, but when he stops the symptoms return after a few days.
Tue, 11 Jun 2019
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Hi,

No need to take cetirizine for a prolonged period. Try to identify the cause for cough. Try to avoid triggers in the home and surrounding. Take cetirizine whenever cough is severe. Try a few drops of honey added in hot water and give her during cough.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Rajmohan, Pediatrician
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