Xyzal®

(Xyzal®, Levocetirizine hydrochloride)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Tablets
Available as soluble tablets?
No
Available as a liquid?
Yes
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
-
Available as granules?
-
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
-
Available as an injection?
-
Available as nasal/oral spray?
-
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest that it is likely to be safe. Clinicians should be aware that this an unlicensed use of the medication.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Generic name
Levocetirizine hydrochloride
Usual formulation brand names
Xyzal®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Yes
Modified release
No
Film coated
Yes
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
-
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
No
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
-
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Yes
Are specials or imports available?
n/a
Liquid strengths
2.5mg/5mL
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Yes
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer Xyzal® oral solution via enteral feeding tubes. It can be diluted with water immediately before use and the oral solution flushes easily via 8Fr tube without resistance or blockage. Flush the tube with water before and after administration of the medication.
Notes
Food delays the absorption but does not affect the total bioavailability.