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Zyrtec vs Chlorpheniramine Maleate, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 68

This is personalized comparison of Zyrtec vs Chlorpheniramine Maleate for a male aged 68. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Zyrtec (latest outcomes from 29,942 users) has active ingredients of cetirizine hydrochloride. It is often used in allergies.

Chlorpheniramine maleate (latest outcomes from 3,081 users) has active ingredients of chlorpheniramine maleate. It is often used in allergies.

On Oct, 29, 2014: 1,666 male patients aged 64 who take the same drugs are studied in Zyrtec vs Chlorpheniramine Maleate

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Male64Postnasal Drip

Drugs to compare:

Zyrtec cetirizine hydrochlorideMcneil Consumer
Chlorpheniramine Maleate chlorpheniramine maleatenot specified

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 64 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zyrtec (Mcneil Consumer)Chlorpheniramine Maleate
Drug IneffectiveMalaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)
Chest PainPyrexia (fever)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)White Blood Cell Count Decreased
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Platelet Count Decreased
Pyrexia (fever)Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Anaemia (lack of blood)
DizzinessSepsis (a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death)
CoughTumour Lysis Syndrome (a group of metabolic complications that can occur after treatment of cancer, these complications are caused by the breakdown products of dying cancer cells)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Condition AggravatedPneumonia

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Zyrtec (Mcneil Consumer)Chlorpheniramine Maleate
Cardiac FailureEjection Fraction (abnormality in percentage of blood that is pumped out of a filled ventricle as a result of a heartbeat)
Pneumonia Bacterial (pneumonia associated with bacterial infection)Liver Function Test Abnormal
Condition AggravatedChest Discomfort
Blood Pressure Decreased (abnormally low blood pressure)Chest Pain
Phlebitis (inflammation of the walls of a vein)
Lung Disorder (lung disease)
Drug Ineffective
Bone Loss

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Chlorpheniramine Maleate0.00%20.00%30.00%30.00%20.00%

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Zyrtec (cetirizine hydrochloride) is often used to treat allergies. Chlorpheniramine Maleate (chlorpheniramine maleate) is often used to treat allergies. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Recent related drug comparison:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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