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Once daily levocetirizine for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria

Authors Nettis E, Calogiuri G, Di Leo E, Cardinale F, Macchia L, Ferrannini A, Vacca A

Published 16 December 2008 Volume 2009:2 Pages 17—23

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JAA.S3022

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E Nettis1, G F Calogiuri2, E Di Leo1, F Cardinale3, L Macchia1, A Ferrannini1, A Vacca1,4

1Section of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases; 24th Pneumology Department, Pneumologic Hospital A Galateo, San Cesario di Lecce, Italy; 3Department of Biomedicina dell’Età Evolutiva, Pediatrics Unit “S Maggiore”; 4Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Oncology, University of Bari Medical School, Bari, Italy

Abstract: Levocetirizine is the pharmacologically active enantiomer of cetirizine. It is a potent histamine H-1 receptor antagonist with anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties. The review analyses the levocetirizine’s properties in terms of safety and efficacy both in allergic rhinitis and urticarioid syndromes.

Keywords: allergic rhinitis, chronic idiopatic urticaria, levocetirizine

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