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Desloratadine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Feb 21, 2011
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Information about Desloratadine

Generic Name : Desloratadine
Pronunciation : DES-lor-A-ta-deen
Latest prescription information about Desloratadine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antihistamines And Decongestants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Desloratadine

India : 


International : 

Clarinex, Reditabs

Why is Desloratadine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antihistamine, prescribed for allergic reactions in patients 2 years of age and older. It blocks histamine's action, which reduces allergy symptoms.


When should Desloratadine not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Desloratadine?

Adult: PO- The recommended dose is 5 mg once daily.
Children 6 to 11 years of age: Syrup- The recommended dose is 1 teaspoonful (2.5 mg in 5 mL) once daily. Tablet- The recommended dose is one 2.5 mg tablet once daily.
Children 12 months to 5 years of age: The recommended dose is 1/2 teaspoonful (1.25 mg in 2.5 mL) once daily.
Children 6 to 11 months of age: The recommended dose is 2 mL (1.0 mg) once daily.

How should Desloratadine be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Desloratadine?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney or liver problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Desloratadine?

  Adult and Adolescents:
  Most Common: Inflammation of pharynx, dry mouth, muscle pain, drowsiness, painful menstrual periods and hives.
  Heart: Fast heart rate and palpitations.
  Miscellaneous: Headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, indigestion and elevated liver enzyme levels.
  Most Common: Urinary tract infection and infectious diseases like chickenpox.
  Respiratory: Respiratory tract infection, nosebleed and runny nose.
  Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
  Miscellaneous: Rash, redness of skin, ear infection and sleeplessness.

What are the other precautions for Desloratadine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Desloratadine?

Store it at controlled room temperature (25C), and in an airtight container.

Learn more about Desloratadine's interaction with Alcohol

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