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Re: Brand name-Benadryl in UK is Zyrtec in US? ctrlalt n del

Posted by Ritch on July 27, 2002, at 9:07:08

In reply to Brand name-Benadryl in UK is Zyrtec in US?, posted by ctrlalt n del on July 26, 2002, at 19:41:18

> Hi
> I'm brain jellied so ...
> The effexor withdrawal has began-but not so bad as I have had previously..
> I bought Benadyrl (UK) the main ingredient is cetirizine this the one used for withdrawal ?
> thanks


Benadryl is diphenhydramine, an antihistamine that has been around for a long time and is available OTC. Cetirizine (Zyrtec) is prescription only (US anyways), it is also an antihistamine. It is the primary metabolite of hydroxyzine (Vistaril, Atarax), and has fewer side effects and longer duration of action than hydroxyzine. Hydroxyzine is used for agitation and anxiety, as well as pre-medication with anesthetics before surgery. I take Zyrtec (cetirizine), from time to time and it does have a calming effect. I was prescribed hydroxyzine (Vistaril) a long time ago and it was partially effective for anxiety (but not as good as a benzo).





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