Desloratadine is an antihistamine medication.

Pronunciation: DES-lor-A-ta-deen

What are desloratadine’s uses?

Desloratadine is used to treat the symptoms of allergic conditions, such as red, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing.

It is also used in the treatment of hives (also known as chronic urticaria) and itching in people suffering from chronic skin conditions.

What dosage should you take?

The typical dose for adults for symptomatic relief is 5mg daily.

For children two to five years, 1.25mg daily, six to 11 years, 2.5mg daily.

However, first discuss correct dosages with your Clicks pharmacist

What special precautions should you take?

  • If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, first consult with your doctor before taking desloratadine.
  • Avoid while breastfeeding, as desloratadine passes into breast milk.
  • Desloratadine may interfere with the results of skin allergy tests, so be advised to inform your doctor if you’re taking this medication.
  • Use with extreme caution in children under 12 years of age – consult your doctor or Clicks pharmacist first.
  • Desloratadine may cause drowsiness or dizziness, so be advised to not drive or perform other unsafe tasks until you know it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid alcohol as this may worsen the side effects of drowsiness and dizziness.

Desloratadine should be avoided if you suffer from the following conditions:

  • A loratadine allergy or an allergy to any ingredient in desloratadine
  • Liver impairment
  • Kidney impairment
  • Phenylketonuria (a rare, inherited metabolic disorder)

Desloratadine should be used with caution if you suffer from the following conditions:

  • Glaucoma (an eye disorder that results in optic nerve damage)
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Urinary retention (unable to empty bladder properly)
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Emphysema (a lung disease)
  • Bowel obstructions

What drug interactions could you experience?

To avoid adverse drug interactions, always inform your doctor or Clicks pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or planning to take.

What are desloratadine’s side effects?

Side effects could include:

This is not a complete list of side effects. It’s essential that you call your doctor should you notice any severe or odd side effects.

What are the overdose symptoms?

Call a doctor or an ambulance immediately if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Extreme drowsiness
The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in April 2015