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Clarinex

Classification: Allergies
Generic Name: Desloratadine
Typical Brand Names: Clarinex

Desloratadine is an oral, long-acting antihistamine that is similar chemically to loratadine (Claritin). It is used to treat the symptoms caused by histamine. Histamine is a chemical that is responsible for many of the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions, for example, swelling of the lining of the nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Histamine is released from histamine-storing cells (mast cells) and then attaches to other cells that have receptors for histamine. The attachment of the histamine to the receptors causes the cell to be "activated," releasing other chemicals which produce the effects that we associate with allergy. Desloratadine blocks one type of receptor for histamine (the H1 receptor) and thus prevents activation of H1 receptor-containing cells by histamine. Desloratadine does not readily enter the brain from the blood and, therefore, causes less drowsiness (sedation). It is a member of a small family of non-sedating antihistamines which includes loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec), and azelastine (Astelin). Desloratadine was approved by the FDA in December, 2001.

Product Name Price
Clarinex 5 mg - 30 Tabs $138.00
Clarinex 5 mg - 60 Tabs $210.00
Clarinex 5 mg - 90 Tabs $282.00
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Clarinex Warnings and Side Effects

Clarinex comes in tablets to take by mouth. It can be taken with or without food and is usually taken once daily. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Clarinex exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Before taking Clarinex, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an antihistamine; kidney disease; or liver disease. You may not be able to take Clarinex, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above. Clarinex is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Clarinex will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Clarinex without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Clarinex passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not take Clarinex without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

SIDE EFFECTS, that may occur while taking this medicine, include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness or fatigue. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience fevers, chills, sore throat, ear pain, loss of appetite, or trouble sleeping. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience a fast or irregular heartbeat; yellowing of the skin or eyes; dark urine or pale stools; or unusual fatigue. AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO THIS MEDICINE IS UNLIKELY, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Clarinex Missed Dose

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.

Clarinex Storage

Store at room temperature. Protect from heat. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children.

Clarinex Overdose

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.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, any allergies (especially to loratadine). Limit alcohol intake, as it may intensify drug side effects. Desloratadine should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug.

Clarinex More Information

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Although unlikely, Clarinex may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

Clarinex Disclaimer

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