Treats allergy symptoms. Clarinex (Desloratadine) is a good option for once-daily allergy relief. It doesn't make you feel sleepy, but you need a prescription. Treats allergy symptoms. Claritin (Loratadine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that doesn't make you feel sleepy. How it works Clarinex (Desloratadine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. Claritin (Loratadine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. Antihistamines can also make you sleepy, but Loratadine is a low-drowsiness version. Type of medication Antihistamine
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Prescription only Antihistamine
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FDA side effect reports for Claritin » Risk factors for serious side effects Coming soon. › Taking with alcohol › Taking other medicines that make you less alert › History of phenylketonuria (PKU) Detailed Claritin (Loratadine) risks & warnings » Pregnancy category C FDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
See the FDA package insert N FDA pregnancy category (Unknown)
The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.
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Weight No specific weight-related info. No specific weight-related info. Upsides and benefits › Relieves allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, congestion, hives, or itchy skin. › Preferred for older people since it causes little to no drowsiness compared to other antihistamines like Diphenhydramine (Benadryl). › Works faster than other non-drowsy antihistamines like Loratadine (Claritin). › Available as a liquid or fast-dissolving tablet for people who don't like swallowing pills. › Side effects are rare and usually mild. › Relieves allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose just as well as other antihistamines, but with less sedation (drowsiness). › Also treats hives and itchy skin. › Available over the counter without a prescription. › Comes as a tablet, liquid, or quick-dissolving tablet. › Can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults. › Okay to take with most other medications because it doesn't have many interactions. › Side effects are rare and usually mild. Downsides and risks › May not work as fast as the other antihistamines that make you sleepy (like Benadryl). › Not a good medication for pregnant women to take. › For some people, its effectiveness on treating allergies wears off over time. › Some people find that other more sedating antihistamines (like Zyrtec or Benadryl) are more effective for them. › If you have daily allergy symptoms, a prescription nasal steroid spray might be better for you long-term. › Not for kids under 2 years. › The Reditabs version contains aspartame (phenylalanine). Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication › Starts working in an hour. › Take it once a day when needed. › Works the best if used regularly during allergy season. › Can give you a headache or diarrhea, but it rarely causes drowsiness or dizziness. › Take it only once a day. › Starts working in a few hours. › Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed. › Avoid possible side effects by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated liquids. › If you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor about trying a nasal steroid instead, which might work better for you long-term. › Using an antihistamine eye drop might work better to help itchy or watery eyes. Learn more More about Clarinex Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Claritin Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert