Desloratadine is an antihistamine that reduces the effect of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can cause symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes and a runny nose.
Desloratadine is used to treat allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, redness of the eyes and a runny nose. It is also used to treat urticaria and itching in people with chronic skin reactions.
Desloratadine can also be used for purposes not listed in this manual.
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to Desloratadine or Claritin.
Before taking desloratadine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medication, or if you have liver or kidney disease.
Do not give this medication to a child under the age of 2 without consulting a doctor.
Desloratadine disintegrating tablets (Clarinex RediTabs) may contain phenylalanine. Talk with your doctor before using this form of desloratadine if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
To make sure that you can safely take desloratadine, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- Kidney disease; or
- liver disease.
It is not known whether this drug is harmful to the fetus. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Desloratadine can penetrate into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Do not give this medication to a child under the age of 18 without consulting a doctor.
Desloratadine: side effects
Obtain immediate medical attention if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: shortness of breath; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
If you have any of these serious side effects, immediately consult your doctor:
- fast or uneven heartbeat;
- fever, flu symptoms;
- convulsions; or
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects may include:
- dry mouth, sore throat, cough;
- pain in the muscles;
- drowsiness, fatigue;
- nausea, diarrhea; or
This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may also occur. Ask your doctor about side effects.
Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, drinks, or activities.
There may be other drugs that can interact with desloratadine. Tell your doctor about all the medicines that you use.
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more or less, or longer than recommended. Follow the directions on the recipe label.
Desloratadine is usually taken once a day. Follow the instructions of your doctor.
Do not press, do not press a regular tablet. Swallow the whole tablet.
Measure the liquid form of Desloratadine with a special dosage spoon or cup, and not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a device for measuring the dose, ask your pharmacist.
Taking an orally disintegrating tablet (Clarinex RediTabs):
- Keep the pill in a blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the packaging and clean the foil from the blister. Do not squeeze the tablet through the foil.
- Using dry hands, take out the pill and put it on your tongue. She immediately begins to dissolve.
- Do not swallow whole. Let it dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
- If desired, you can drink water to help yourself swallow a dissolved pill.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Symptoms of overdose may include a rapid heart rate.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Leave it if it’s time for the next scheduled dose. Do not take additional medication to make up for the missed dose.