Generic Name: desloratadine (DES-lor-A-ta-deen)
Brand Name: Clarinex
Desloratadine syrup is used for:
Treating allergy symptoms and chronic hives. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Desloratadine syrup 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 syrup if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in desloratadine syrup or to loratadine
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using desloratadine syrup:
Some medical conditions may interact with desloratadine syrup. 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 syrup. 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 syrup's side effects
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if desloratadine syrup 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 syrup:
Use desloratadine syrup as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with desloratadine syrup. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take desloratadine syrup by mouth with or without food.
- Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
- If you miss a dose of desloratadine syrup 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 syrup.
Important safety information:
- Desloratadine syrup may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use desloratadine syrup 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 syrup more often than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Drowsiness may occur if you take more of desloratadine syrup than prescribed.
- Desloratadine syrup 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 syrup for a few days before the tests.
- Desloratadine syrup should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 months 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 using desloratadine syrup while you are pregnant. Desloratadine syrup is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking desloratadine syrup.
Possible side effects of desloratadine syrup:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Cough; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; increased or decreased appetite; nausea; nosebleed; sore throat; trouble sleeping; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue); dark urine; ear pain or discharge; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; mental or mood changes; pale stools; seizures; severe or persistent cough; severe or persistent nosebleed; 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 syrup:
Store desloratadine syrup at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep desloratadine syrup out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about desloratadine syrup, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Desloratadine syrup 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 syrup 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 syrup. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to desloratadine syrup. 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 syrup.
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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