Highlights for desloratadine
desloratadine Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- fast heartbeat or chest pain
- fever or infection
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dry or irritated mouth or throat
- menstrual changes
- muscle aches
- stomach upset, nausea
desloratadine May Interact with Other Medications
- other medicines for colds or allergies
How to Use desloratadine
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. You may take this medicine with food or on an empty stomach. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in children as young as 12 years.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to desloratadine, loratadine, other antihistamines, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for checks on your progress. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F). Never store above 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: January 27, 2009