Uses as a Drug

Clarinex is formulated to treat the symptoms of hay fever, which is more formally known as seasonal allergic rhinitis. The drug is a type of antihistamine that contains a long-acting tricyclic histamine antagonist, which has a selective H1-receptor antagonist activity.

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Clarinex is taken in the form of a tablet. It is taken once daily, more likely before sleeping. Your doctor may also give you a different dosage so examine and follow your prescription.

Safety Precautions

If you have experienced a previous allergic reaction to an antihistamine or have a liver or kidney disease, you may need special monitoring. Your dosage may also be adjusted. Consult a doctor if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or breastfeeding. The effects of Clarinex to the unborn child or the quality of breast milk are yet unknown.

Missed Dose

Once you remember that you have missed a dose, take one immediately. Make sure, however, that you do not double dose or take two doses within a short period of time from each other.

Side Effects

If you experience any side effects, talk to your doctor. You may be asked to reduce your dose or to completely stop taking Clarinex. There are also side effects that require emergency assistance, such as breathing difficulty, hives, itching, palpitations and swelling. It is more common for you, however, to experience dizziness, fatigue, muscle pain, nausea, sleepiness or sore throat.

Drug Storage

Clarinex should be stored at room temperature, kept away from direct heat and children and encased in a n air tight container.

In Case of Overdose

React to the overdose according to what is required to the particular emergency. Call a doctor if you are unsure of what to do.

Other Information

Clarinex can cause dizziness and drowsiness. So it is best to avoid driving, operating machinery or other potentially dangerous activities.