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Clarinex is marketed as Aerius in New Zealand
Aerius / Clarinex belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines.
Antihistamines help reduce allergic symptoms by preventing
the effects of a substance called histamine. Histamine is produced
by the body in response to foreign substances which the body is
With its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects, Aerius / Clarinex relieves symptoms associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever), such as sneezing, runny or itchy nose, nasal stuffiness/congestion, coughing, itchy palate and itchy, red or tearing eyes, skin rash.
There is no evidence that Aerius / Clarinex is addictive.
Aerius/Clarinex is a small, easy to swallow once-a-day tablet that provides excellent 24 hour relief from the symptoms of seasonal and year-round allergies – and it won’t cause drowsiness.
Dose: Adults and children over 12 years: One Aerius /
Clarinex tablet once daily with a glass of water.
It does not matter if you take Aerius / Clarinex before or after food.
The active ingredient per tablet is desloratadine 5mg. each tablet is also film coated to make it easy to swallow. Aerius/Clarinex tablets are gluten-free. Lactose is present in the film-coating of the tablet.
Before taking Aerius /
Things you must not do:
Things to be careful of:
Do not take Aerius / Clarinex if you suffer from liver disease, glaucoma, diabetes, prostate enlargement or problems with your liver or if you suffer from severe kidney problems.
General Clarinex Information
Had enough of nasal drops and sprays? If you are an adult, your
pharmacist would probably recommend pills or tablets that have
antihistaminines. Antihistamines also effectively fight rhinitic
allergies and other inflammations. But you may be taking other
medications on top of your allergy medicine, so more pills and
tablets may be low on your agenda - make sure your pharmacist knows
this! You could consider syrups, but they would be a bit too
kidstuff, so you may wish to mention that you want an alternative,
easy non-liquid mode of medication. In this area in particular,
Clarinex Reditabs delivers.
Clarinex Reditabs are unique dissolvable pills that don't need to be taken on a full stomach. Unlike other pills that come with the "dissolvable" tag, you don't need to immerse a Reditab in water and wait for it to turn into powder. Simply put a tablet on your tongue and it will disintegrate quickly. You don't have to worry about the taste, either! Reditabs come in a refreshing tutti frutti flavor. This tablet is easily recognizable by its trademark pink color, round shape and the trademark letter "C" engraved on one side.
Rhinitic allergies are triggered by allergenic substances entering into and irritating the nasal passages. The term "rhinitic" refers to allergies in the nose area, and it includes common afflictions such as hay fever. Clarinex Reditabs are often recommended for use on this sort of allergy, but it is also effective in the treatment of some rashes or hives whose origins have not yet been determined.
For best results, this pill is taken on the same time every day. It is a maintenance drug, which means it is usually taken to prevent an existing condition - such as asthma, or allergies - from progressing to a full-blown outbreak.
The active ingredient of Clarinex is desloratadine. It is a tricyclic antihistamine that has a long-lasting effect, which is why it can be taken once a day, and will remain in effect for 24 hours. It reduces inflammation and swelling, thus stopping allergy attacks from becoming severe.
This drug does not enter the nervous system, and therefore does not cause drowsiness. Desloratadine is in fact so safe for general use that in very small doses, it can even be prescribed to children as young as 6 months old. Clarinex in syrup form is dispensed to children under the age of 12, and similar to its adult Reditabs version, it comes with a bubblegum flavor kids are sure to like.
While this drug is relatively safe for general use, a few precautions must be observed before taking Clarinex. Little is known about the symptoms of overdosing on Clarinex, although foreseeable signs of overdose would be drowsiness, or else a rapid heart rate. Though these symptoms seem somewhat mild, it is still not advisable to venture taking more than the recommended dosage.
If you have a kidney or liver problem, or an allergy to antihistamines, it is not recommended that you continue taking this product. Ask your doctor for alternative allergy medication that would be better for you, and make sure to mention any other medicine you may be taking for your other conditions, to avoid conflicting medications. Pregnant and nursing women may also wish to abstain from this drug; it has not yet been determined if it will be harmful to an unborn child, but desloratadine passes into breastmilk, and may harm a newborn baby.
The side effects of Clarinex have been likened to that of a sugar pill: little more than a sore throat and dryness inside the mouth. What's more, this drug is ordinarily non-sedative, but it may still cause drowsiness in some people; this is no cause for alarm. See your doctor if the drowsiness becomes alarming or compromises your daily routine.
It is best to take Clarinex with a full glass of water. Be aware that the kind of liquids you take with your medicine could sometimes affect their potency. Most antihistamines, for example, have been reported to show a change in drug concentration within the bloodstream, upon the introduction of grapefruit juice into the system. However, Reditabs have no such side effect. As of the date of its labeling, this drug is the only known antihistamine to not have an adverse reaction to grapefruit juice.
Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.