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Drug Information

What is Desloratadine used for?

Desloratadine is an antihistamine that is used to treat seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, watery/itchy eyes, and hay fever. It is also used to treat hives and itching associated with chronic skin reactions. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

How to take Desloratadine?

The dosage of Desloratadine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Desloratadine. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

The recommended oral dosage of Desloratadine is 5 milligrams taken once a day. It can be taken with or without food.

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Desloratadine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Desloratadine, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are drowsiness and fast heartbeat.

What are the drugs that interact with Desloratadine?

  • Cimetidine
  • Erythromycin
  • Ketoconazole

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Desloratadine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Desloratadine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Desloratadine may interact with antibiotics.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Desloratadine?

Like other medicines, Desloratadine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Desloratadine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Desloratadine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Desloratadine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Desloratadine can cause some side effects such as:

  • Indigestion
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea, and
  • Dizziness

Some of the serious side effects of this medicine are :

  • Fever
  • Convulsions
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Jaundice

This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Desloratadine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Desloratadine?

Is it possible for me to take Desloratadine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Desloratadine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Desloratadine?
How will Desloratadine work in my body?
How should Desloratadine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Desloratadine drug interactions and side effects?

What should you tell your doctor before taking Desloratadine?

Before using Desloratadine, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or liver disease. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or breast-feeding during treatment. While using this medication, limit intake of alcohol.


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