Clarinex (Desloratadine/Aerius) 

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Clarinex (Desloratadine/Aerius) Dosage and Side Effects

CLARINEX is used to treat the symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose. It is also used to treat skin hives and itching in people with chronic skin reactions.

Proper Use of this medication

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

CLARINEX is usually taken once per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Do not crush, chew, or break the regular CLARINEX tablet. Swallow the pill whole.

Measure the liquid form of CLARINEX with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

To take CLARINEX orally disintegrating tablet (Clarinex RediTabs):

•Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the package and peel back the foil from the tablet blister. Do not push a tablet through the foil or you may damage the tablet.

•Using dry hands, remove the tablet and place it on your tongue. It will begin to dissolve right away.

•Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.

•Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink water to help swallow the dissolved tablet.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

•fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;

•fever, flu symptoms;

•seizure (convulsions); or

•jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

•dry mouth, sore throat, cough;

•muscle pain;

•drowsiness, tired feeling;

•nausea, diarrhea; or

•headache.

Warnings and Precautions

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to CLARINEX or to loratadine (Claritin).

Before taking CLARINEX, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have liver or kidney disease.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

CLARINEX disintegrating tablets (Clarinex RediTabs) may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of CLARINEX if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to CLARINEX or to loratadine (Claritin).

To make sure you can safely take CLARINEX, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

•kidney disease; or

•liver disease.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether CLARINEX is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

CLARINEX can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 18 years old without the advice of a doctor.

CLARINEX disintegrating tablets (Clarinex RediTabs) may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of CLARINEX if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

Interactions with this medication

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

There may be other drugs that can interact with CLARINEX. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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