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Drug Database - Desloratadine Clarinex 5 mg. tablet

Generic Name: desloratadine (DESS-lore-AT-uh-deen)

Brand Names: Clarinex®

Classification: Antihistamine

Issue Date: 2000

Desloratadine is an antihistamine. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces the symptoms of an allergic reaction. It's used for treating the symptoms of allergic conditions (eg, watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes, sneezing, hives). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

  • Important Facts
  • How To Take Desloratadine
  • If You Forget A Dose
  • In Case of Overdose
  • Special Warnings
  • Side Effects
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    Important Facts

    If you have liver or kidney disease, your doctor should cut your starting dose in half.

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    How To Take Desloratadine

    Desloratadine can be taken with or without food. Take it exactly as directed. Desloratadine RediTabs should be placed on the tongue, where they dissolve quickly. Take the RediTabs immediately after removing them from the blister pack.

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    If You Forget A Dose

    Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time.

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    In Case of Overdose

    Little is known about the effects of a Desloratadine overdose. However, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

    Symptoms of Desloratadine overdose may include:

    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Sleepiness

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    Special Warnings

    Do not increase the dose of Desloratadine or take it more than once a day. Higher doses have no additional effect on hay fever symptoms and may cause drowsiness.

    The chewable tablet form of Amoxil contains phenylalanine. If you have the hereditary disease phenylketonuria this form of Amoxil should not be used.

    Desloratadine is not approved for children under 12.

    The possibility that Desloratadine could harm a developing baby has not been completely ruled out, and the drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

    Desloratadine makes its way into breast milk. You'll need to choose between nursing or continuing to use the drug.

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    Side Effects

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Desloratadine.

    More common side effects may include:

    • Dry mouth
    • Fatigue
    • Sleepiness
    • Sore Throat

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    Drug Interactions

    No significant interactions have been reported.

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