CLARITIN-D DRUG INFO
NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement,
not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician,
pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed
to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective
for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this
LORATADINE WITH PSEUDOEPHEDRINE 24 HOUR
TABLET - ORAL (lor-AT-uh-deen WITH sue-doh-eff-ED-rin)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Claritin-D
USES: Loratadine is an antihistamine
that provides relief from symptoms of seasonal and allergic rhinitis
(e.g., hay fever) such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes
and sneezing. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant that relieves congestion,
promotes sinus draining and improves breathing.
HOW TO USE: Swallow the tablet
whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew or crush the tablet,
as doing so will destroy the long action and may increase the side
effects. Do not increase the dose or take this more frequently than
SIDE EFFECTS: May cause difficulty
in sleeping, dry mouth, mild stomach upset, headache, nervousness,
dizziness, loss of appetite or thirst. These effects should subside
as your body adjusts to the medication. If they persist or become
bothersome, inform your doctor. Loratadine does not usually cause
drowsiness when used at recommended doses and under normal circumstances.
However, be sure of the drug's effects before engaging in activities
that require alertness. Notify your doctor if you develop: heart
pounding, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, ringing in the ears,
difficulty urinating. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely,
but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an
allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness,
trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above,
contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: If you have glaucoma,
diabetes, difficulty urinating, an enlarged prostate gland, heart,
kidney, liver, or respiratory disease, high blood pressure, an overactive
thyroid gland or have serious difficulty in swallowing, do not use
this drug unless your doctor knows of your medical condition. Limit
alcohol intake, as it may intensify drug side effects. This drug
should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. It is not
known if this medication is found in breast milk. Consult your doctor
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter
or prescription medication you may take, especially of: high blood
pressure drugs, antidepressants, sleeping pills, sedatives, tranquilizers,
muscle relaxants, other cold or allergy medicines. Do not take this
drug if you have taken an MAO inhibitor (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid,
phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) within the last two weeks.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, shakiness,
sweating, insomnia, hallucinations, rapid or irregular heartbeat,
NOTES: Do not share this product
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose,
take it as soon as remembered. If it is almost time for the next
dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not "double-up" the doses.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
away from sunlight and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.