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What is Clarinex (Desloratadine) prescribed for?
Allergies are what happens when your immune system attacks something that is usually harmless, it then creates a histamine, which causes stuffy and runny nose, your eyes and nose to run, and sometimes your mouth to itch. It may also cause you a itchy rash. Many triggers are Dust, mold, animal dander, pollen, certain foods, and things that can irritate the skin.
Desloratadine, the active ingredient within Clarinex, is defined as an antihistamine, and it is used to relieve allergy symptoms. Such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, sneezing, hives, and itching. This medication works to block the substance known as histamine that your body creates during an allergic reaction.
This medication is usually used only once a day, and is taken by mouth, with or without food. Remember that the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Do not increase your dose or take more than prescribed without consulting your doctor first.
Before taking desloratadine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to loratadine; or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease.
Desloratadine does not usually cause drowsiness when used at recommended doses. However, do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Sore throat, nausea, tiredness, stomach upset, or muscle pain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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