Clarinex is the brand name for the medication desloratadine. Another brand name for desloratadine is Clarinex Reditabs.
Clarinex is an antihistamine, which prevents sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes. Clarinex can also alleviate other allergy symptoms. Clarinex is used only to treat allergy symptoms, not to cure the allergy itself. This medication can be prescribed for other conditions not described here.
Clarinex may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These side effects are rare, but if you do experience them, avoid operating machinery, driving or performing any other activity that requires you to be alert.
Before taking this medication, you should tell your health practitioner if you have ever had an allergic reaction to antihistamines, kidney disease or liver disease. If this applies to you, you may not be able to take Clarinex, require a modified dose or require close medical monitoring while taking this Clarinex.
The US FDA categorizes drugs based on safety for pregnant women. Clarinex is categorized as C. This indicates that this drug may cause harm to an unborn child, but you should discuss all risk factors with your doctor before taking this medication if you are expecting. Clarinex can pass through breast milk to an infant. Do not take ampicillin if you are nursing; discuss the safety with the pediatrician and your physician first.
Take Clarinex as directed by your physician. Whole tablets should be swallowed with eight ounces of water. Clarinex Reditabs are to be dissolved under the tongue. Clarinex Reditabs should be taken immediately after removed from packaging, and not stored for later use in any other container. Clarinex is usually taken once daily and can be taken on a full or empty stomach. Only take the prescribed dosage of Clarinex. Keep this medication away from heat and moisture.
If you should miss a dose of Clarinex, take it as soon as you realized you’ve missed a dose. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, do not double up dosage, just take the next scheduled dose. Symptoms of an overdose are not well documented, but possibly extreme drowsiness. If you believe you have overdosed get emergency medical treatment.
While taking Clarinex you may become drowsy or sleepy. If you do experience these side affects, use caution when operating machinery or driving, or avoid these activities until you are familiar with the affects of this medication. Side affects rarely occur with treatment with Clarinex. A severe reaction indicates an allergy which may be life-threatening, seek emergency medical intervention. Allergic reaction presents as shortness of breath, hives, swelling of lips, throat, face or tongue, fainting or rash. An allergic reaction to Clarinex is rare. Sometimes patients may experience a fast or irregular heart beat. Stop taking Clarinex if this occurs and notify your doctor. If you have the following side effects you can continue on the medication, but should discuss them with your physician: dry mouth or throat, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, muscle aches. Any other side effects that bother you should be discussed with your doctor.
Clarinex is not know to interact with other medications. However, before you begin any new medication, whether over-the-counter or prescription, make sure to talk to your doctor.
As always, if you need more information, contact your physician or pharmacist regarding this medication.
Desloratadine is a white to off-white powder that is slightly soluble in water, but very soluble in ethanol and propylene glycol. It has an empirical formula: C19H19ClN2 and a molecular weight of 310.8. The chemical name is 8-chloro-6,11- dihydro-11-(4-piperdinylidene)-5H-benzo[5,6]cyclohepta[1,2-b]pyridine. CLARINEX (desloratadine) Tablets are light blue, round, film coated tablets containing 5 mg deslorata-dine, an antihistamine, to be administered orally. It also contains the following excipients: dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate USP, microcrystalline cellulose NF, corn starch NF, talc USP, carnauba wax NF, white wax NF, coating material consisting of lactose monohydrate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, and FD&C Blue #2 Aluminum Lake.
Clarinex has the following structural formula: