DESLORATADINE

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Clarinex
GENERIC NAME(S): DESLORATADINE

Description: Desloratadine is a long-acting, non-sedating, selective peripheral histamine antagonist which inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory mediators.

Desloratadine is an antihistamine used to relieve allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, sneezing, hives, and itching. It works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction.

How to use desloratadine
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.

No warnings available

Side effects may range from mild to serious complications.  Consult your doctor immediately when you feel the following symptoms: Sore throat, nausea, tiredness, stomach upset, or muscle pain may occur. Fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea, or trouble sleeping may also occur, especially in children. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Seek emergency medical help if you expereince allergies (rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing) or the symptoms mentioned above while taking this drug.

Inform your doctor of your allergies (food or drugs), medical conditions and  medical history before taking this drug, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease.

Do not perform activities that require alertness such as driving and using machinery because thid drug can make you dizzy.

Liquid products and the rapidly-dissolving tablets may contain sugar. The rapidly-dissolving tablets may also contain aspartame. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.

For pregnant and nursing (breastfeeding) women, consult your doctor before using this medication because this drug passes into breastmilk.

Before using this drug, tell your doctor of the current medications, products (herbal/nonprescription) that you are taking.

Overdose
Get medical emergency help immediately when you experience symptoms of overdose- drowsiness.

Missed Dose
Take it as soon as you remember.  Do not increase the dose to catch up. If it is less than 6 hours until the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Discard the drug properly- do not throw in toilet or sink.

Brands
Available Brands
Aerius [ Merck Sharp & Dohme ]                                       Deslodine [ Multicare ]
Deslogen [ InnoGen Pharmaceuticals ]                             Deslo-Natrapharm [ Natrapharm ]
Neo-Loridin [ Zydus Healthcare Phils]

Also marketed as
Delopa [ XL Lab ]                                                                    Genodes-5 [ Genpharma ]

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