Xyzal: New Prescription Antihistamine to be Available for Fall Allergy Season

Last May the FDA approved a new antihistamine which will be available soon by prescription only. “Xyzal is a once daily, non-drowsy, oral medication for the relief of seasonal and year round allergies and chronic hives.” Adults and children over 6 years old can take Xyzal.

Xyzal has been used in Europe for the past few years and is available in over 80 countries worldwide. It is very similar to Zyrtec, however, Xyzal does not cause the drowsiness that Zyrtec does. Because of the similar chemical make-up and the non drowsy factor, it is expected to be as effective and preferred as Zyrtec if not more.

After numerous clinical trials, Xyzal has been proven to relieve the symptoms of patients with allergic rhinitis, including sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy nose and runny nose. Trials also showed that Xyzal can decrease the amount and size of hives, along with the severity of itching.

Due to more and more people becoming susceptible to allergies as well as to longer allergy seasons, a non sedating antihistamine will be a good addition to the options of the allergy medicine chest. Many hours of productivity along with high dollars are lost because of the inability to work or to work as efficiently due to allergies and the sedating factor of many allergy medications.

As of now, common medications that are available are Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetane and Tavist, all over the counter. By prescription, the most common medications are Clarinex, Allegra and Zyrtec. This doesn’t include nasal sprays or eye drops. Xyzal is expected to be available within the United States for the 2007 fall allergy season which is fast approaching.

As with any drug, Xyzal can cause side effects, including headache, dry mouth fatigue, sleepiness, weakness, shortness of breath and nausea, among others. There are also contraindications and these can be found at along with further information about the drug. Your allergist or general practitioner can help you decide if you are a candidate for Xyzal.

– Heather Legg

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