What is desloratadine?
Desloratadine is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
Desloratadine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose. It is also used to treat skin hives and itching in people with chronic skin reactions.
Desloratadine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to desloratadine or to loratadine (Claritin).
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication:
- kidney disease; or
- liver disease.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether desloratadine is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Desloratadine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 18 years old without the advice of a doctor.
Desloratadine disintegrating tablets (Clarinex RediTabs) may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of desloratadine if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.
Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using desloratadine.
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Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include fast heart rate.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;
- fever, flu symptoms;
- seizure (convulsions); or
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects may include:
- dry mouth, sore throat, cough;
- muscle pain;
- drowsiness, tired feeling;
- nausea, diarrhea; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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There may be other drugs that can affect desloratadine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Aerius, Clarinex, Clarinex Reditabs, Neoclarityn, and desloratadine
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