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DESLORATADINE 5 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): DESLORATADINE

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Desloratidine 5 mg film-coated tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are
the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take this medicine
3. How to take this medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store this medicine
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
This medicine contains an active substance desloratadine which
is an antihistamine.
This is an anti allergy medicine that does not make you drowsy. It
helps control your allergic reaction and its symptoms.
This medicine relieves symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis
(inflammation of the nasal passages caused by an allergy, for
example, hay fever or allergy to dust mites) in adults and
adolescents 12 years of age and older. These symptoms include
sneezing, runny or itchy nose, itchy palate, and itchy, red or watery
eyes.
This medicine is also used to relieve the symptoms associated with

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urticaria (a skin condition caused by an allergy). These symptoms
include itching and hives.
Relief of these symptoms lasts a full day and helps you to resume
your normal daily activities and sleep.

2. What you need to know before you take this
medicine
Do not take this medicine
- if you are allergic to desloratadine, or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6) or to loratadine.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking this medicine:
- if you have poor kidney function.
Use in children and adolescents
Do not give this medicine to children less than 12 years of age.
Taking other medicines
There are no known interactions of desloratadine with other
medicines.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken
or might take any other medicines.
Taking with food and drink
This medicine may be taken with or without a meal.
Use caution when taking desloratadine with alcohol.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant
or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking this medicine.
Taking this medicine is not recommended if you are pregnant or
nursing a baby.
Fertility
There is no data available on male/female fertility.
Driving and using machines
At the recommended dose, this medicine is not expected to affect

your ability to drive or use machines. Although most people do not
experience drowsiness, it is recommended not to engage in
activities requiring mental alertness, such as driving a car or
operating machinery until you have established your own
response to the medicinal product.

3. How to take this medicine
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist
has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure.
Adults and adolescents 12 years of age and over
The recommended dose is one tablet once a day.
This medicine is for oral use. Swallow the tablet whole with water,
with or without food.
Regarding the duration of treatment, your physician will determine
the type of allergic rhinitis you are suffering from and will determine
for how long you should take this medicine.
If your allergic rhinitis is intermittent (presence of symptoms for
less than 4 days per week or for less than 4 weeks), your physician
will recommend you a treatment schedule that will depend on the
evaluation of the history of your disease.
If your allergic rhinitis is persistent (presence of symptoms for 4
days or more per week and for more than 4 weeks), your physician
may recommend you a longer term treatment.
For urticaria, the duration of treatment may be variable from patient
to patient and therefore you should follow the instructions of your
physician.
If you take more of this medicine than you should
Take this medicine only as it is prescribed for you. No serious
problems are expected with accidental overdose. However, if you
take more of this medicine than you were told to, tell your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse immediately.
If you forget to take this medicine
If you forget to take your dose on time, take it as soon as possible
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4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
During the marketing of desloratadine, cases of severe allergic
reactions (difficulty in breathing, wheezing, itching, hives and
swelling) have been reported very rarely. If you notice any of these
serious side effects, stop taking the medicine and seek urgent medical
advice straight away.
In clinical studies in adults, side effects were about the same as with
a dummy tablet. However, fatigue, dry mouth and headache were
reported more often than with a dummy tablet. In adolescents,
headache was the most commonly reported side effect.
In clinical studies with desloratadine, the following side effects were
reported as:
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
• fatigue
• dry mouth
• headache
Adults
During the marketing of desloratadine the following side effects were
reported as:
Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
• severe allergic reactions
• rash
• pounding or irregular heartbeat
• fast heartbeat
• stomach ache
• feeling sick (nausea)
• vomiting

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• upset stomach
• diarrhoea
• dizziness
• drowsiness
• inability to sleep
• muscle pain
• hallucinations
• seizures
• restlessness with increased body movement
• liver inflammation
• abnormal liver function tests
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available
data
• unusual weakness
• yellowing of the skin and/or eyes
• increased sensitivity of the skin to the sun, even in case of hazy
sun, and to UV light, for instance to UV lights of a solarium
• change in the way the heart beats
Children
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available
data
• slow heartbeat
• change in the way the heart beats
• abnormal behaviour (including anger, aggression and agitation)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You
can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store this medicine
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on
the carton and blister after EXP. The expiry date refers to the

last day of that month.
• This medicinal product does not require any special storage
conditions. Store in the original packaging
• Do not throw away any medicines via waste water or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information
What this medicine contains
• The active substance is desloratadine 5 mg.
• The other ingredients of the tablet are:
• Tablet core: Cellulose microcrystalline, partially pregelatinised
maize starch, magnesium stearate, colloidal anhydrous silica,
• Tablet coating: Opadry blue containing Hypromellose 6cp,
Titanium dioxide (E171), microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid,
indigo carmine (E132).
What this medicine looks like and contents of the pack
• The tablets are blue, round and biconvex tablets. The tablet
dimensions are 6.5 mm x 3.2 mm.
• This medicine is packed in blisters in packs of 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 14,
15, 20, 21, 30, 50, 90 or 100 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be
marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Name and address: Bristol Laboratories Ltd,
Unit 3, Canalside, Northbridge Road,
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom, HP4 1EG
Telephone:
0044 (0) 1442 200922
Fax:
0044 (0) 1442 873717
Email:
info@bristol-labs.co.uk
Desloratadine 5 mg film-coated tablets; PL 17907/0501
This leaflet was last revised in March 2016
To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio format,
please contact the licence holder at the address (or telephone, fax,
V2 21-03-16 D0
email) above.

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and then go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a
double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking this medicine
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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