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Can Zyrtec (cetirizine) affect seizure activity?

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Old 05-13-2008, 07:24 PM   #1
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Can Zyrtec (cetirizine) affect seizure activity?

I've been having simple partial seizures for a few years...the type where I have this strong deja vu feeling, and feel like I'm in a bubble separated from everything going on around me. They usually last for a minute or so.
I've been having fewer of these episodes recently, since I started a fish oil supplement (not sure if there's a connection there, but I was definitely having more episodes before I started the supplement).
Last week, I tried the allergy med Zyrtec (cetirizine). I took it for 4 days, and had more episodes during those 4 days than I'd had in the last few months combined.
Has anyone else tried this medication or know of any side effects related to seizure activity?
Thanks so much,

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Old 05-13-2008, 08:24 PM   #2
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Re: Can Zyrtec (cetirizine) affect seizure activity?

ive briefly tried zyrtec and it had no negative effects on me. but i dont know, it could very well lower the sz threshhold

Old 05-14-2008, 07:37 AM   #3
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Re: Can Zyrtec (cetirizine) affect seizure activity?

A lot of allergy meds are known to lower the seizure threshold. I'm not sure exactly which chemicals it is that they conrtain that causes this, though. I've taken Benadryl without a problem, but I know others here said that they have a lot of seizures after taking Benadryl.

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