Nigel answers frequently asked questions
Nigel answers frequently asked questions

FAQs

Medication

What is Xyzal?

Xyzal is an oral antihistamine, approved to relieve common allergy symptoms associated with hay fever or other respiratory allergies.

What is Xyzal for?

Xyzal relieves allergy related symptoms of sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and itching of the nose or throat.

Who makes Xyzal?

Xyzal is made in Switzerland and distributed by Chattem, Inc., a Sanofi company and leader in global healthcare.

What is the typical Xyzal dosage?

A Xyzal 5mg breakable (scored) tablet once daily in the evening is the dosage for adults and children from 12 to 64 years of age. A 1/2 tablet (2.5 mg) once daily in the evening may be appropriate for less severe symptoms. Children’s Xyzal is also available in an oral solution for children 2-11 years old.

For additional dosing information, please refer to the product labeling.

How to pronounce Xyzal?

Xyzal might look like a difficult word to pronounce but in reality, it is not. When pronouncing Xyzal, break the word into two syllables (zi · zol) with emphasis on the first syllable.

What is the active ingredient in Xyzal tablets?

Active ingredient (in each tablet):
Levocetirizine dihydrochloride 5 mg (Antihistamine)

Inactive ingredients in each tablet:
colloidal anhydrous silica, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 400, titanium dioxide

What is the active ingredient in Children's Xyzal

Active ingredient (in each 5 mL):
Levocetirizine dihydrochloride 2.5 mg (Antihistamine)

Inactive ingredients in Children’s Xyzal:
flavor, glacial acetic acid, glycerin, maltitol solution, methylparaben, propylparaben, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium acetate trihydrate

Is XYZAL Allergy 24HR the same original prescription strength formula as XYZAL?

Yes, XYZAL Allergy 24HR is the same original, full prescription strength medicine as XYZAL.

How quickly does XYZAL start working?

XYZAL starts working one hour after taking the medication.

What sizes of XYZAL are available?

XYZAL tablets are available in 10 count, 35 count, 55 count, 80 count and 110 — (110 count is only available at club stores). Also, Children’s XYZAL is available in a 5 oz. liquid solution.

Where can I get more information about XYZAL?

An allergist, pharmacist or other healthcare provider can help answer any additional questions.

When will XYZAL become available for purchase over the counter?

XYZAL is already available at its original, full prescription strength in stores nationwide — no prescription necessary.

Do allergy sufferers need to see a doctor before using XYZAL without a prescription?

No. XYZAL is available for purchase without having to visit a healthcare provider first. However, people who are currently seeing a healthcare provider should continue to visit a healthcare provider as needed.

Where is XYZAL sold without a prescription?

XYZAL is available in drug, grocery, mass merchandiser and savings club stores nationwide.

Is XYZAL covered by insurance plans?

Over-the-counter medications are not typically covered by insurance plans. However, insurance plans differ for each individual, so be sure to check with your insurance company.

How much does XYZAL cost?

Pricing for XYZAL will be at the discretion of each retailer.

Why is the XYZAL spokesperson an owl?

Nigel prefers the term, “spokes-owl.” And the answer is quite simple — why not?

Symptoms

What type of allergy symptoms does XYZAL relieve?

XYZAL provides 24-hour relief of sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; and itchy nose or throat.

Does Xyzal cause drowsiness? Will Xyzal make me drowsy?

Yes, drowsiness may occur. In clinical studies where Xyzal was administered at night, 6% of those who took Xyzal experienced drowsiness. Xyzal should be taken at night, and users should be careful if driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery.

Does XYZAL relieve indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms?

Yes. XYZAL temporarily relieves allergy symptoms, which can be caused by an allergic response to indoor or outdoor allergens. Symptoms include sneezing; runny nose; itchy, watery eyes; and itchy nose or throat.

How long does XYZAL alleviate allergy symptoms for sufferers?

When used as directed, XYZAL provides 24-hour relief of allergy symptoms for all-night, all-day allergy relief.

Does XYZAL help against pet allergies?

Yes. XYZAL relieves both indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms, including pet allergies.

Does XYZAL help against mold allergies?

Yes. XYZAL relieves both indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms, including mold allergies.

Safety

Is it safe to mix Xyzal and alcohol?

No. Mixing alcohol with Xyzal can increase the nervous system effects of the drug. These side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and increased difficulty concentrating. And remember, alcohol, sedatives and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness too.

Why should I take XYZAL at night?

Use as directed and take XYZAL at night to relieve allergy symptoms while you sleep, you get a better night’s sleep and wake up refreshed for a more productive day ahead.

Is XYZAL safe to use every day?

Yes. XYZAL is safe to use in the evening every day. Use only as directed and please read the product label for complete dosing instructions and warnings.

Is XYZAL safe to take with my other allergy medications?

As with any medicine, you should ask your doctor or healthcare provider about using other allergy medications in conjunction with XYZAL.

How many times a day do I have to use XYZAL?

XYZAL should be used one time per day. Use only as directed and please read the product label for complete dosing instructions and warnings.

Is it safe for children to take Children's XYZAL without guidance from their pediatrician?

For children, Children’s XYZAL has been FDA approved for over-the-counter use for children 2 years of age and older. Parents who have additional questions should talk to a pediatrician, allergist, pharmacist or other healthcare provider.

Can pregnant women or nursing mothers take XYZAL?

Pregnant or nursing women should consult with a physician before taking any medication, including XYZAL.