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Clarinex

Clarinex

Clarinex is a prescription brand name antihistamine drug used to provide individuals with relief from allergy symptoms, which may include runny nose, itching nose/eyes, watery eyes, sneezing, hives and itching. The active ingredient in Clarinex (also the generic product name) is desloratadine. It works by inhibiting histamine, a natural substance produced by the body during an allergic reaction.

Clarinex is primarily used to treat allergies associated with hay fever and may also be used to treat itching in people with chronic skin reactions.

This is an oral medication which is primarily available in two different forms: rapidly dissolving tablets and liquid. The dosage a person receives is based on certain factors including age, medical condition and their response to the treatment. Typically, desloratadine is taken once daily, with or without food. That being said, be sure to take it precisely as it has been prescribed by your doctor. You should not increase your dose, decrease your dose or stop taking Calrinex without first speaking with your doctor. It is also important to tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

While many people take Clarinex without experiencing any negative side effects at all, the following are the more common and less serious side effects associated with this medication: dry mouth, sore throat, cough, muscle pain, fatigue, drowsiness, headache, nausea and diarrhea.

Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any of these rare, but serious side effects: fast, pounding or uneven heartbeat, seizure, fever or flu symptoms, jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin). Seek medical help immediately if a severe allergic reaction occurs (e.g. hives, trouble breathing, swelling of face, tongue, lips, throat).

Clarinex is not an ideal option for everyone. It is important to inform your doctor about any existing medical conditions you may have or any medications you may be taking. Anyone who has an allergy to desloratadine or loratadine (Claritin), should avoid taking this product and you should also tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have phenylketonuria (PKU) prior to taking Clarinex as the dissolving tablets may contain phenylalanine. Clarinex should not be given to a child younger than 18 years old without first consulting a doctor.

It is unknown what effect desloratadine may have on an unborn child. It can also pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Women who are pregnant or nursing should speak with their doctor before using this product.

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