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Generic name: Desloratadine
Why is this drug prescribed: Clarinex is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis).
Most important fact about this drug: If you have liver or kidney disease, your doctor should cut your starting dose in half.
How should you take this medication: Clarinex can be taken with or without food. Take it exactly as directed. --If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature. Protect from heat.
What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Clarinex. More common side effects may include: Dry mouth, fatigue, sleepiness, sore throat Less common side effects may include: Dizziness, dry throat, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, nausea Rare side effects may include: Acute allergic reaction, hives, itching, rapid heartbeat, rash, shortness of breath, swelling
Why should this drug not be prescribed: If Clarinex or the similar drug Claritin gives you an allergic reaction, you'll be unable to use this drug.
Special warnings about this medication: Do not increase the dose of this drug or take it more than once a day. Higher doses have no additional effect on hay fever symptoms and may cause drowsiness. Clarinex is not approved for children under 12.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: No significant interactions have been reported.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The possibility that Clarinex could harm a developing baby has not been completely ruled out, and the drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Clarinex makes its way into breast milk. You'll need to choose between nursing or continuing to use the drug.
Recommended dosage: For adults and children 12 and older, the usual dose is 5 milligrams (1 tablet) once a day. If you have kidney or liver disease, the recommended dose is 5 milligrams every other day.
Overdosage: Little is known about the effects of a Clarinex overdose. However, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of Clarinex overdose may include: Rapid heartbeat, sleepiness