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Anti-histamine withdrawal hell

30 November 2012, 12:00
My daughter was prescribed the anti-histamine, Texa (Cetirizine also known as Xyrtec or Xyzal) for hay fever.

She complained that they made her feel drowsy and with exams coming up, I suggested she stop taking them for a couple of weeks.

That proved impossible.  Within 24 hrs of stopping the anti-histamine, my daughter, who has never had a hive in her life and barely reacts to bee-sting, was covered in red, angry and itchy welts.  I had to put her back on the anti-histamine as the itch was far worse than the drowsiness.

The only thing I could think that could have caused this was stopping the medication and when I searched Xyrtec withdrawal online, I got thousands of results from people who had experienced exactly the same thing - intensely itchy hands and feet followed by hives all over.

My GP thinks I'm on the wrong track, having never heard of this reaction but I am convinced that my daughter is suffering the Xyrtec withdrawal itch that so many people have documented.

I want to report an adverse reaction to the drug company but need some more evidence to support my suspicions.

Has anyone else had the same thing?  I haven't been able to find many SA people who have experienced this.  Most of the complainants are in the US.
Thanks for reading.

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