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February 11th, 2011
01:58 PM ET

Kids' Zyrtec pulled until 2012

If your little one has allergies, pay attention: children's Zyrtec has been pulled from the shelves until 2012, according to our friends at Parenting.com.  It's because of production reasons, and not safety concerns.

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  1. Valerie

    "Production reasons" is PR speak for safety concerns.

    February 11, 2011 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kate

      Absolutely. There is no way this is a "production" issue.

      February 13, 2011 at 07:45 | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Actually, if you took the time to read the full article, you would see that they are moving production in-house as opposed to using an outside supplier. This takes time. If it was over safety, they would have to remove the drug from the market. This isn't the case, they just won't be manufacturing it for awhile. Generic cetirizine will still be available. Pharmacies prefer you buy generic anyways. It is cheaper for the consumer, while the mark-up is much higher than on a brand name drug. Both sides win.

      February 13, 2011 at 14:57 | Report abuse |
  2. sherry

    This article and the links fail to mention that there are generics available for Zyrtec, walmart has a chewable for half the price of the brand name and none of the safety/recall problems. I'm going to stock up tomorrow, allergy season is starting here.

    February 11, 2011 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CTOGuy

      Sam's Club (a division of Wal-Mart) has even better discounts than Wal-Mart on the Zyrtec chemical equivalent product. Same for things like a Benydryl equivalent. You can buy 400 25mg Benedryl equivalent tablets for less than $10 at Sam's. At Tom Thumb, that same amount ( four 100 capsule packages) would cost $28 (and that is buying the Safeway storebrand equivalent of Benedryl at $6.99 a piece, $36 if buying the Benedryl brand at Tom Thumb/Safeway ( four packages of 100 pills at $8.99 ) ).

      February 13, 2011 at 03:01 | Report abuse |
  3. Justamom

    Why bother to post this article at all, if they aren't going to give the whole thing.

    February 11, 2011 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Greg

    I had to buy some Zyrtec-D once (Claritin-D was sold out) and man does that stuff pack a punch. They claim it works faster than Claritin but it made me too drowsy to even be able to work.

    February 12, 2011 at 07:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul - RPh

      Zyrtec has the highest rates of drowsiness of all of the non-drowsy antihistamines.

      February 12, 2011 at 09:27 | Report abuse |
    • CANDICE

      It's best to take Zyrtec at night before bed!

      February 28, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
  5. Melody

    This product was recommended for my 3 year old. I WOULD NEVER EVER tell another parent to give this to their child.
    It turned my adorable, quiet, and shy child into a monster. It was very scarey. My baby was NOT my baby any longer. Within 24 hours of stopping it, he was back to normal. I have never given it to him since them.

    February 12, 2011 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stacey

      My son turns into the same monster. only he's 9 years old. And I have had other parents say the same thing. It can make kids aggressive.

      February 12, 2011 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
    • Maddie

      I totally agree that Zyrtec an UNSUITABLE drug for children. My poor 6 yr old (at the time) had the most disturbing psychological reaction to this drug. It was heartbreaking to see her literally fall apart out of no where. I have never witnessed such an intense negative reaction to a drug in all my life. When I say it was bad, I mean bad. It turned our family upside down until we figured out that Zyrtec was to blame. As soon as we took her off of the Zyrtec, our calm, gentle, sweet and well-grounded child began to reappear. The experience left us all shell shocked, especially her. I would advise all parents to stay away from this drug even if you don't notice any outward symptoms because God only knows what it's doing to their developing bodies and brains.

      Now we just have our daughter use a neti-pot, and on days when the pollen count is out of control and her allergies are really bad, she (sparingly) uses Flonase nose spray and over the counter allergy eye drops. The neti-pot really works wonders during allergy season and keeps the medication use to a minimum.

      February 12, 2011 at 16:03 | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Ditto this. One dose of Zyrtec was enough to turn my happy 1 1/2 year old into a monster after her doctor recommended it for a variety of allergies. She screamed, tore around, couldn't sleep, had constant tantrums over nothing, would wake up screaming when she finally fell asleep...same with Xyzal. We've yet to find anything besides benadryl that helps her without ridiculous side effects.

      February 12, 2011 at 19:38 | Report abuse |
    • E

      YES! YES!! YES!!! Had a similar problem and know many other parents that had similar issues. While not all children experience this, I know a lot that do. I would steer clear or closely watch my child after starting Zrytec or one of the generics.

      February 13, 2011 at 20:17 | Report abuse |
    • peachthetherapypig

      I have to agree with heather – be VERY wary of putting your kids on Zyrtec. It took us almost 2 years to figure out what in the world was going on. EXTREME behavioral changes, mood swings, we thought he had severe autism except that he was highly verbal. (he does have asperger's) It was a horrifying experience and when we finally figured out it was the Zyrtec his pediatrician says "oh yeah that happens a lot". I was SO mad because I had been asking him what to do all along!

      April 8, 2012 at 20:32 | Report abuse |
    • jac

      I definatly agree. I started my 6 year old on this a few days ago and WOW ! he has adhd and takes medication for that and this made him far worse then adhd without his meds. He was psycho, screaming yelling, hitting himself frusraed over everything. Getting ino trouble at school. So i sopped i after 4 days and hes back to normal, thank god i will never use this again

      May 10, 2012 at 08:20 | Report abuse |
    • gravitypacdance

      @maddie. I hope you are using the right kind of water in that neti pot. There has been two deaths due to the use of neti pots. Use only distilled, sterile or previously boiled water. I believe you are probably already aware of this, but others reading these posts should be well informed too.

      July 17, 2012 at 16:24 | Report abuse |
  6. Helen

    This is the only medication that works for my child. He never acts drowsy and it never changed his personality. Every child reacts differently to medication. What works for one person will not work for another. For some reason the store brand will not work for my son. And for any one who tells me it is the same thing, it doesn't work for him. I can't explain it and I don't know why. :( It is hard for me to believe that production reasons are to blame for the medication not being available at all. No chewables, no liquid? But they have no problems getting the adult meds out? Hmmmm. Sounds like a safety issue to me!

    February 12, 2011 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sherry

      I've never seen any side affects either.

      Helen, what dosage is he on? The one chewable in question is a 10 mg, same as the adult dose pill. I'm working on getting my 7 year old to swallow pills, she can swallow a sudaphed but we're not quite up to a zyrtec sized pill. Supposedly the adult pill comes in a 5 mg size, I've not seen it yet. You might be able to take that and either train your child to swallow it or crush it in applesauce or something like that.

      February 12, 2011 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      Hi Helen I do believe the tablets are still available. The tablets, liquid gels, and chewables are not being pulled! Just the liquid.

      February 12, 2011 at 18:21 | Report abuse |
    • sherry

      the article that this one points to is confusing but it is only the chewables being removed from the shelf. That being said I saw NOTHING at our walmart under the brand name of Zyrtec for children today. Lots of generic liquid, and there were four boxes of generic chewables which now reside in our hall cupboard.

      February 14, 2011 at 01:59 | Report abuse |
  7. Tina

    Zyrtec is the worst as far as side effects are concerned. I literally thought I was losing my mind on it and started having panic attacks and just feeling strange..not good!!

    February 12, 2011 at 11:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SophyB

      Zyrtec totally changed my personality. My husband said he was actually scared of me when I was taking it! Made me angry all the time and very nervous. The effects went away completely within a day of not taking it anymore. What was really frightening was that I knew I was acting strangely and couldn't do anything about it.

      February 12, 2011 at 13:11 | Report abuse |
    • SLQ

      A doc prescribed Zyrtec to my girls before it was an OTC. It gave one nightmares and the other heard children singing outside her room. I discontinued giving them to my girls after that. When they made this an OTC I was floored.

      February 12, 2011 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
  8. Tami

    My son has been taking this product or generic's of it twice a day, year round for over 5 years. No side effects.

    February 12, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Wow

    My children have been taking Children's Zyrtec at night when needed (for a few years) with no visible side effects. But to hear what others have experienced is very disturbing. I don't think I will be using this product again if it returns to store shelves.

    February 12, 2011 at 20:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Philip

    Odd. Since when have meds cleared by the FDA turned out to be so dangerous, they need to be pulled from the shelves? Take acetominophen(Tylenol) In 1972, the FDA was warned that this drug causes liver damage, and prompty ignored this information. Now we take upwards of 10,000 Tylenol per year, and suffer the ill-health effects from doing so. Ill health means more profit for many. If there were ever an outbreak of wellness, our doctor's would take to the streets protesting it, backed by the FDA.

    February 12, 2011 at 21:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • beth

      Can you please sight for me cases where people have suffered these ill side effects from tylenol when taking the appropriate dosage? I am quite certain that the benefit from tylenol for those who use it far outweighs the slight chance of harm. Liver damage from tylenol is usually caused when people abuse the medication, taking an entire bottle of tylenol or mixing it with alcohol. However, if you do have specific sources that show these persons suffering ill side effects through no fault of their own please post them for us all to see.

      February 14, 2011 at 07:13 | Report abuse |
  11. Mike H.

    Americans are an overmedicated people. We don't let a ailment run its course without popping pills and gulping down medicines.

    February 13, 2011 at 02:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Philip

      True that Mike H...when we or our kids get the sniffles, we turn to drugs. The common cold virus helps us to strengthen our systems should we get the influenza virus. When we take cold remedies, if we get the flu, our unprepared body simply gets overwhelmed. The scientific community gave up on trying to cure the common cold some 25 yrs. ago for this very reason. Without the cold virus, we would all die when we got the flu! (except for kids who have been immunized. We had 17 kids here in Colorado die from what was said to be the flu. Come to find out, they had all been immunized, and had died from simple staph infections, NOT from the flu. Flu vaccines disable a childs immune system for about 3 weeks, leaving them vulnerable and exposed...NOT protecting them as we are told,

      February 13, 2011 at 09:28 | Report abuse |
  12. Sara H

    This article is misleading, if not outright false. ONLY the chewables are being removed.

    February 13, 2011 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. S

    Before Zyrtec was invented, when I was a child, every summer I was forced to stay indoors - swollen with itching and hives from coming in contact with pollen or even something as simple as a shampoo. If I came in contact with mosquitos as most people do every summer, my immune system would go crazy. There was nothing the doctors could give that worked to treat it. So I spent years of being on antibiotics and other useless medications and dangerous steriods. One day my doctor perscribed Zyrtec and it changed my life. I was able to play outside like normal child, without falling asleep on my homework, or having heart palpatations. I no longer had to go to the hospital every month either. This drug is not the worst when compared to other drugs at all and it's side effects for me are minimal and are far better than others on the market (believe me I tried them all). I have always been on the same dosage of 10mg even as a child. No idea why it should be given to children (as mentioned here) as young as one year, that's far too young and one should consult a doctor. Please be aware there is a difference between Zyrtec and Zyrtec-D. Giving a child Zyrtec-D is just asking for it. We should not be running out for OTC remedies without consulting a doctor. Zyrtec gave me my life back, and I'm thankful, please don't say no one should use this medication just because you've experienced a negative effect. Every situation is different.

    February 14, 2011 at 07:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Melissa-Ga

    OMG... My son is 16 yrs. old and is autisic, he has suffered from allergies for the passed 10 years.. But for the passed 6 months to 1 year he has been taking Zyrtec 10mg. usually every day and for the passed month or so he has been so aggitated and really MAD. Was getting ready to take son to doctors thinking he had a big problem, but my goodness to see this OMG... NO more Zyrtec, we will go back to claritin. Thank god i read this article.

    February 19, 2011 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • peachthetherapypig

      Good luck! My autistic son even has problems with Claritin, although not nearly as violent as Zyrtec. We have had good luck so far with Allegra!

      April 8, 2012 at 20:35 | Report abuse |
  15. Jfk

    That all sounds sketchy to me. I gave my 3 year old Zyrtec on a regular basis for a few months. Never noticed any difference with him. I use zyrtec every day, since it is the only thing that works for me. Everything rosebud a sugar pill. I work in aanufacturing company. If they are working to bring the business in house, it is because their supplier did not pass inspections. This is a heavily regulated product. I cannot find it anymore, so it was pulled fr shelves

    March 7, 2011 at 22:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. john

    Come on people. Right underneath the paragraph it says FULL ARTICLE. If you click on it, the full story says that it is not a recall. You can still find it on store shelves, Although at our local Fred Meyer they were sold out because people were buying 6 packages at a time because of being scared they wouldn't be able to get it again. At least that is what the clerk at the help counter said. But lets make sure that we read the full thing before making statements about how you won't take it again because of a recall.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:26 | Report abuse | Reply
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  21. Celeste

    I'm sooo disgusted that ill-informed doctors are recommending zyrtec for children. I am 44 & I had to take zytec last night...I hate taking it and only take it if my allergies are extreme. I slept for 11 hrs & woke feeling a deep, deep depression & suppressed rage...I'm just so darn grumpy!! This happens every time I take zyrtec – it sucks the joy out of life & the happiness out of my heart – never known a drug to be so awful. That said, when my allergies are so bad that I can't breathe zyrtec has saved my life. I would only take it in life saving situations & I would NEVER give this to a child – who knows what damage it is doing to their developing brains....obviously not the doctors.

    May 16, 2012 at 02:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Debra-Ann

    To any parents who are reading this: PLEASE DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHILDREN ZYRTEC UNLESS IT IS A 'LIFE SAVING' SITUATION!
    I completely agree with Celeste above. There is something very odd about how this drug interacts with the brain. I have to take it about once every 3 months if my allergies are intolerable & everytime I take it, I can not believe the negative impact it has on my emotional well being.
    A childs brain is a delicate organ & I would seriously steer clear of zyrtec, if long term damage or psychosis, bipolar etc were to occur from taking this drug a parent would have no come back, no way of proving that it came from the use of zyrtec...do NOT RISK YOUR CHILDS MENTAL HEALTH please. Try natural products first – this is a VERY STRONG & SCARY DRUG! I take it for very severe allergies and only when I absolutely have to – it's the best on the market for me in the sense that it prevents anaphylaxis, so for me it is life-saving. I suffer very badly from it's side effects & I'm a mature woman – it completely knocks me for six. I'm angry with everyone & just plain miserable. no drug has ever had an effect on me like zyrtec. If i had simple allergies I can assure you, I would keep well away from this drug!!!

    May 16, 2012 at 02:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • zyrtec and autism

      I am convinced that zyrtec was the reason my child was born autistic. My wife was taking zyrtec the entire pregnancy and we were very healthy with life style and eating habits during the pregnancy. It was the only drug taken regularly by her and I think it effects the brain development of unborn children. It would be near impossible to prove but if you read enough threads you will see a lot of people complaining about the psychological reactions from this drug.....think of how much worse it would impact an unborn childs brain if adults are effected this much by the drug. Something to think about.

      June 29, 2013 at 00:39 | Report abuse |
  23. Chandra

    My daughter has been acting the same way for a long time now, she takes this medication every day. She is very angry, hateful, aggiated easily for no reason at all. She has extreme anxiety, mood swings. She's hurt herself and she starting to become violent with us. We have had her to all kinds of therapist, doctors, she has been admitted into the hospital for this. I am going to stop this medicine immediatley. This has torn are family apart, for about 4 years we have tried to figure out what was wrong with her and if we had done something to make her behave this way. Thanks for all the posts. This has been very helpful. I will get back with an update after we have stopped the medicine and see if we notice a behavior change.

    August 5, 2012 at 20:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Yvonne

    wow. my kids' doc just recommended zyrtec for our 8yr old but after reading all this I think we'll pass! interested to see if anything has developed with you, chandra. any improvement since taking your daughter off the medicine?

    October 29, 2012 at 08:23 | Report abuse | Reply

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