Clarinex is an antihistamine drug, which decreases the effects of a natural body chemical, histamine. The latter produces the following symptoms: sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and itching.
Clarinex is used to treat these symptoms. It can also be prescribed for treating skin hives and various chronic skin reactions. Your doctor may also indicate the drug for purposes not mentioned here.
Important Safety Information
If you are allergic to the medication or any other ingredient present in the drug, you should not take Clarinex. To make sure the medication is safe for you, tell your doctor about the following:
Clarinex is pregnancy C category drug. It’s unknown if it can harm the fetus. Certainly, tell your pharmacist about being pregnant or plans to become a mom. The medication can be passed into the breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, tell your doctor about that. It’s not recommended to give Clarinex to children younger than 18 years old without any medical advice.
How Should I Take the Medication?
The medicine must be consumed the way your doctor has prescribed. Do not reduce or enhance your dose. You can take the drug with or without any food or water. Firstly, place a pill on a tongue and let it dissolve before swallowing. Take the medication right after you have opened the blister. If you have Clarinex Oral Solution, consume it with a measuring dropper or use an oral syringe.
The treatment with Clarinex can lead to a number of serious side effects. Stop taking the drug if you have the following side effects:
Swollen lips, throat, face, tongue.
Common side effects include:
You may face sleepiness and increased tiredness if you take more medication than it was prescribed by your doctor. If any of these side effects bother you and do not disappear, call your healthcare provider immediately. This is not a complete list of all the side effects. Ask your pharmacist for more detailed information.
A number of medications may change the way Clarinex works. This interaction may result in various side effects. It’s recommended to keep a list of all the drugs you are currently taking, including all prescription, over-the-counter meds, vitamins and supplements. Do not use medications which contain loratadine while taking Clarinex. The medicine can change the results of certain lab tests, so make sure the laboratory staff knows you are taking Clarinex.
If you suspect overdose, contact poison control center or get any medical help immediately. Drowsiness is the first symptom of overdose. If you have missed the dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s time for your next dose, skip the missed one and continue your usual treatment regime. Do not take double dose to catch up.