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Desloratadine

Pronunciation

Generic Name: desloratadine (DES-lor-A-ta-deen)
Brand Name: Clarinex

Desloratadine is used for:

Treating allergy symptoms and chronic hives. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Desloratadine is an antihistamine. It works by blocking the action of histamine to relieve allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes, and to relieve itching and rash due to chronic hives.

Do NOT use desloratadine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in desloratadine or to loratadine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using desloratadine:

Some medical conditions may interact with desloratadine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney or liver problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with desloratadine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Amiodarone because the risk of fast or irregular heartbeat may be increased
  • Other antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine), azithromycin, cimetidine, erythromycin, fluoxetine, or ketoconazole because they may increase the risk of desloratadine's side effects

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if desloratadine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use desloratadine:

Use desloratadine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with desloratadine. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Take desloratadine by mouth with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose of desloratadine and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use desloratadine.

Important safety information:

  • Desloratadine may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use desloratadine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not change your dose or take desloratadine more often than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Drowsiness may occur if you take more of desloratadine than prescribed.
  • Desloratadine may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking desloratadine for a few days before the tests.
  • Desloratadine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of taking desloratadine while you are pregnant. Desloratadine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking desloratadine.

Possible side effects of desloratadine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; menstrual pain; muscle pain; nausea; sore throat; tiredness; upset stomach.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue); dark urine; fast or irregular heartbeat; pale stools; seizures; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include drowsiness; fast or irregular heartbeat.

Proper storage of desloratadine:

Store desloratadine at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Avoid storage at or above 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep desloratadine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about desloratadine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Desloratadine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take desloratadine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about desloratadine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to desloratadine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using desloratadine.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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