Clarinex is an antihistamine. Clarinex helps to relieve sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Clarinex is prescribed to treat itchy skin rash and hives. Clarinex is prescribed to treat or prevent symptoms of allergies.
Clarinex works by blocking histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.
Clarinex may cause less drowsiness than other antihistamines.
Clarinex is prescribed to treat hives.
Clarinex is prescribed to relieve hay fever and allergy symptoms, including sneezing runny nose and red, itchy, tearing eyes.
Clarinex is in a class of medications called antihistamines.
Clarinex is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Kidney disease;
- Liver disease;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Clarinex, loratadine, other antihistamines, drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Clarinex loratadine (Claritin) or any other medications;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript medications vitamins nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking;
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney or liver disease or phenylketonuria (for orally disintegrating tablets);
Do not take Clarinex with any of the following drugs:
- Other drugs for colds or allergies;
Clarinex side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor 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;
- Dry or irritated mouth or throat;
- Menstrual changes;
- Muscle aches;
- Stomach upset, nausea;
- Upset stomach;
- Sore throat;
- Dry mouth;
- Muscle pain;
- Extreme tiredness;
ADULTS AND CHILDREN 12 YEARS AND OLDER
For adults and children 12 and older, the usual dose is 5 mg (1 tablet or 2 teaspoonfuls of syrup) once a day. If you have kidney or liver disease, the recommended dose is 5 mg every other day.
CHILDREN 6 MONTHS TO 11 YEARS OLD
For children 6 years to 11 years old: The usual dose is 2.5 mg (1 teaspoonful of syrup) once a day.
For children 12 months to 5 years old: The usual dose is 1.25 mg (one-half teaspoonful) once a day. The dose should be given with a dropper that measures ml (one-half teaspoonful equals 2.5 ml).
For children 6 months to 11 months old: The usual dose is 1.0 mg (2 ml) once a day. The dose should be given with a dropper that measures ml.
A recommended dose has not been established for children with kidney or liver disease.