|Type of medicine||Antihistamine (non-drowsy)|
|Used for||Allergic conditions|
|Available as||Tablets and oral solution|
Exposure to substances such as pollen, pet fur, house dust or insect bites can cause the body to produce a chemical called histamine. The release of histamine causes allergic symptoms which can include itchy rashes, sneezing, watery eyes and a runny or blocked nose.
Desloratadine works by stopping the effects of histamine which helps to relieve these symptoms of allergic conditions.
Before taking desloratadine
Before taking desloratadine make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have epilepsy.
- If you have kidney problems.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to an antihistamine or to any other medicine.
How to take desloratadine
- Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor.
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Desloratadine is taken once each day. It may be taken before or after food.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until the following day, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Desloratadine is not expected to cause you to feel drowsy or less alert, however it can sometimes cause drowsiness in a few people. If you feel sleepy, do not drive or use tools or machines.
- If you drink alcohol while you are taking desloratadine, be aware of its effects on you and do not drink more than moderate amounts.
Can desloratadine cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this|
|Tiredness, drowsiness||If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines|
|Dry mouth||Try sucking sugar-free gum or sugar-free sweets|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller. If the headache continues, speak with your doctor|
If you experience any other symptoms that you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store desloratadine
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
- Manufacturer's PIL, Neoclarityn® 5 mg film-coated tablets; Manufacturer's PIL, Neoclarityn® 5 mg film-coated tablets, Schering-Plough Ltd, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated October 2010.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Neoclarityn® 5 mg Oral Solution; Manufacturer's PIL, Neoclarityn® 5 mg Oral Solution, Schering-Plough Ltd, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated October 2010.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 07/06/2011||Document ID: 3781 Version: 24||© EMIS|
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