What is Claritin-D?
Claritin-D is a medication used to relieve allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy/watery eyes.
How does Claritin-D work?
Loratadine helps to reduce the symptoms of allergies by blocking histamine, a chemical released by the body in response to allergens. Pseudoephedrine helps to relieve nasal congestion by narrowing the blood vessels in the nasal passages.
What are the side effects of Claritin-D?
Common side effects include dry mouth, headache, dizziness, nausea, and trouble sleeping. Serious side effects are rare but may include fast/irregular heartbeat, seizures, and difficulty breathing.
Can anyone take Claritin-D?
No, Claritin-D is not suitable for everyone. It may interact with certain medications or medical conditions, and it is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
How should I take Claritin-D?
Claritin-D should be taken as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. It is usually taken once daily with water, and should not be crushed or chewed. It is important to read and follow the label instructions carefully.
What types of allergies can Claritin-D treat?
Claritin-D is used to relieve allergy symptoms caused by seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, or year-round allergies, such as dust and pet allergies.
Is Claritin-D effective for all allergy symptoms?
Claritin-D is primarily used to relieve symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy/watery eyes. It may not be effective for other allergy symptoms, such as skin reactions.
Are there any precautions to take when using Claritin-D?
Claritin-D should not be used if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or glaucoma, without first consulting your doctor. It may also interact with other medications, so it's important to inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medications you are taking.
What should I do if I experience side effects while taking Claritin-D?
If you experience any serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing or irregular heartbeat, seek medical attention immediately. If you experience mild side effects, such as headache or dry mouth, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to manage them.