Clarinex (Generic Desloratadine)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Desloratadine is used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms in both adults and children, including sneezing, runny nose, and red, itchy, weeping eyes. The itching and rash associated with urticaria, sometimes known as hives, are also reduced by using this medication. Desloratadine belongs to the class of drugs known as antihistamines. Histamine, a chemical in the body that causes allergy reactions, is blocked in order for it to function.
How should this medicine be used?
Desloratadine is offered in tablet, liquid oral solution, and orally disintegrating tablet forms. Typically, it is taken once day, with or without food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the prescription for desloratadine strictly. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Use a dropper or an oral syringe to precisely measure the right amount of solution for each dose; do not use a regular spoon for this purpose.
Use dry hands to remove the foil package from the orally disintegrating pill before ingesting it. Take the tablet out right away, and put it on your tongue. The tablet can be ingested with saliva and will immediately dissolve. You can take orally disintegrating pills with or without water.
For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking desloratadine,
- If you have any questions about desloratadine, loratadine (Alavert, Claritin), other drugs, or any of the substances in desloratadine tablets, oral solution, or orally disintegrating tablets, talk to your doctor and pharmacist right away. Get a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Make careful to mention any of the following: erythromycin (E.E.S., Eryc, Eryped, etc), cimetidine (Tagamet), fluoxetine (Prozac, Rapiflux, Sarafem, others), and ketoconazole (Nizoral). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- If you have kidney or liver problems now or in the past, let your doctor know.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking desloratadine.
- The orally disintegrating pills may include aspartame, which converts to phenylalanine, if you have phenylketonuria (PKU, an inherited disorder requiring a particular diet to prevent mental retardationdamage to your brain that can cause severe intellectual disability).
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
There may be negative effects from desloratadine. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Unwell throat
- Mouth ache
- Muscular ache
- Extreme fatigue
- Unpleasant menstruation
Certain adverse effects can be very harmful. Stop taking desloratadine and seek emergency medical attention if you suffer any of the following symptoms:
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
- Edoema of the hands, feet, ankles, lower legs, cheeks, neck, tongue, lips, and eyes
Further negative effects of desloratadine could exist. If you experience any strange issues while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it away from light, excessive heat, and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
Overdose symptoms could include:
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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