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Desloratadine Dosage

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on April 17, 2019.

Applies to the following strengths: 5 mg; 2.5 mg/5 mL; 2.5 mg

Usual Adult Dose for Allergic Rhinitis

5 mg orally once a day

Uses:
-Relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis
-Relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis
-Symptomatic relief of pruritus, reduction in the number of hives, and size of hives in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria

Usual Adult Dose for Urticaria

5 mg orally once a day

Uses:
-Relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis
-Relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis
-Symptomatic relief of pruritus, reduction in the number of hives, and size of hives in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria

Usual Pediatric Dose for Allergic Rhinitis

6 to 11 months: 1 mg orally once a day
12 months to 5 years: 1.25 mg orally once a day
6 to 11 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day
12 years and older: 5 mg orally once a day

Uses:
-Patients 6 months and older: Relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis
-Patients 6 months and older: Symptomatic relief of pruritus, reduction in the number of hives, and size of hives in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria
-Patients 2 years and older: Relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis

Usual Pediatric Dose for Urticaria

6 to 11 months: 1 mg orally once a day
12 months to 5 years: 1.25 mg orally once a day
6 to 11 years: 2.5 mg orally once a day
12 years and older: 5 mg orally once a day

Uses:
-Patients 6 months and older: Relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis
-Patients 6 months and older: Symptomatic relief of pruritus, reduction in the number of hives, and size of hives in patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria
-Patients 2 years and older: Relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis

Renal Dose Adjustments

Renal dysfunction:
Children: Data not available
Adults:
-Initial dose: 5 mg orally every other day

Liver Dose Adjustments

Liver dysfunction:
Children: Data not available
Adults:
-Initial dose: 5 mg orally every other day

Dose Adjustments

Hypersensitivity reaction: This drug should be stopped, and an alternative treatment should be considered.

Precautions

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
-Hypersensitivity to the active component, loratadine, or any of the ingredients

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 6 months.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-Take without regard to food.
-Tablets should be swallowed with fluid (e.g., a glass of water).
-Oral disintegrating tablets should remove from the packaging immediately prior to administration; the tablet should be allowed to disintegrate on the tongue before swallowing.
-Oral solutions/syrups should be measured with the included oral dropper/syringe.

Storage requirements:
-Oral solution: Do not freeze
-Tablets: Protect from moisture

Patient advice:
-Inform patients that this drug may cause drowsiness, and they should avoid driving or operating machinery if these side effects occur.
-Advise patients to speak to their healthcare provider if they become pregnant, intend to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Further information

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