What is Clarinex
Clarinex (desloratadine) is a drug intended for the relief of most annoying symptoms of hay fever, such as runny nose, sneezing and red itchy eyes. The effects of Clarinex are based on blocking the effects of a natural histamine occurring in the body that produces this kind of reaction as your immune system mistakes certain things as potentially hostile to the organism.
How to use Medicine
How to take Clarinex right
Clarinex can come as a regular and orally disintegrating tablet – both are intended for oral administration. Unless your health care provider told you otherwise, you are supposed to take it once a day with some food or without it. Make sure you take this medication exactly as prescribed and do not exceed the dose recommended to avoid worsening symptoms. The orally disintegrating tablet should be placed on your tongue – it will dissolve quickly and you can swallow it with the saliva several times to make sure it reaches your stomach and later gets into your blood at its optimum concentration. Make sure your hands are dry when you take the tablet form of Clarinex.
Before you start taking Clarinex
If you are allergic to loratadine or desloratadine, taking Clarinex is not recommended. Make sure you know all your allergies and report them to your health care provider beforehand. Do not start taking Clarinex in spite of the history of an allergic reaction. Your health care provider is supposed to know as much as possible about your current health condition and any diseases you have or used to have. The following ones can be reported in case you have them: kidney disease, liver disease, and phenylketonuria (for chewable tablets). If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking Clarinex is not recommended – it is FDA pregnancy category B.
Side effects of this medication
Side effects are usually minor and can include headache, upset stomach, dizziness, sore throat, dry mouth, muscle pain, and extreme tiredness. More serious side effects are also possible. You need to be aware of their possibility, although their occurrence is not very likely. Be aware of the possibility of some of the following serious side effects: uneven heartbeat, seizure, jaundice, flu symptoms, fever and some other ones that can be individual for different people. The serious aide effects need to be reported to your doctor or your local emergency center, as they are likely to get worse with time, while mild side effects do not need to be reported until they become bothersome and change in intensity – which is highly unlikely. If you develop any symptoms that have not been mentioned – talk to your doctor about them to learn whether you need to get worried, as different people may have different reactions to treatment with Clarinex.
Clarinex drug interactions
Clarinex drug interactions are minor – this means that you can take it along with other medications, but only after you have discusses this with your health care provide to make sure your dosage is properly adjusted. The following medicines are supposed to be reported in case you are taking them at the moment: albuterol, levothyroxine, lansoprazole, prednisone, levothyroxine, metformin, lisinopril, furosemide, aspirin, atorvastatin, metoprolol, montelukast and some other ones. There are a number of other drugs that you need to report – as the list given above is not complete. If you are taking some medications but are not sure whether they will cause interference with Clarinex – it's best to talk to your health care provider in advance or consult your pharmacist.
Signs of Clarinex overdose
Sings of Clarinex overdose are numerous and may be individual for every patient. This is why it's especially important that you keep an eye on the bottle of your medicine making sure no one in your household is abusing it. Never take more of this medicine than you are supposed to yourself – this can cause a number of side effects and reactions that can ever jeopardize your treatment and make it less efficient. If you notice any strange symptoms after taking too much of Clarinex – report them directly to your health care provider.
Clarinex in pregnant women
Pregnant or breastfeeding women must not start taking Clarinex without previously discussing this step with their health care provider. This medication has been reported to cause certain problems in unborn and nursing babies, although there is no sufficient proof that says this effects resulted from merely taking Clarinex. Nevertheless, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you are not supposed to take Clarinex before your health care provider talks to you about all the risks and benefits of such treatment.