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Desloratadine

Dr. Anju Verma
Content reviewed on 01-09-20 Dr. Anju Verma
Prescribing Doctor
MRCGP, DCH, MRCP, MBBS (GMC Reg: 6039302)

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What is Desloratadine?

Desloratadine is a non-sedating antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of seasonal hay fever and other nasal allergies, including those caused by dust and pets. It can also treat hives and other skin rashes caused by allergies.

This medicine usually starts to work within one to three hours of taking a tablet. Relief from symptoms normally lasts for the whole day.

Despite being a non-sedating antihistamine, you should first see how you react to this treatment before driving or operating machinery.

How does Desloratadine work?

When the body detects inflammatory substances such as pet fur or pollen, it produces histamine in defence. Histamine is a compound that causes blood vessels to expand, in turn inducing uncomfortable symptoms, including itching, rashes and nasal congestion.

Desloratadine blocks histamine receptors, stopping the allergic reaction and providing relief.

How do I take Desloratadine?

There is only one dosage available - 5mg.

You should always consult your prescribing physician when taking any new medication. If purchasing this treatment online, further advice can be found in the patient leaflet enclosed with your order.

The following is a summary of how to take Desloratadine:

  • you can take doses with or without food
  • you should take one tablet daily
  • you should take tablets whole, with water
  • do not break, crush or chew tablets
  • if you forget a dose take as soon as you remember
  • do not take a double-dose to make up for a missed dose

If your symptoms persist despite treatment, consult your doctor for advice.

What are the possible side effects?

It is important to note, most people taking this medication will not experience any side effects.

However, the most commonly reported reactions include:

  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • dry mouth

In very rare cases, you may experience:

  • dizziness
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea

If you are concerned about these or any other side effects, stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor.

If you think you might be suffering an allergic reaction to this treatment, you should seek immediate medical attention.

What precautions should I take?

These tablets contain desloratadine, a non-drowsy antihistamine. Ironically, a very small percentage of people find this medicine causes slight drowsiness. Due to this, you should first see how you react before driving or operating machinery.

You should avoid drinking alcohol to excess when using this medication.

These tablets contain lactose. You should not take them if you have intolerance to some sugars.

People with severe kidney problems should always speak to their doctor before taking this medicine as extra caution is required.

Desloratadine should not be given to children as studies on this age group are not extensive.

You should not take this medication if you have a hypersensitivity to loratadine.

You should not take this medicine if you are known to have an allergy to desloratadine or any of the other ingredients. If you think you have had an allergic reaction, stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor immediately. Ingredients are detailed in the patient leaflet.

You should not take this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and should consult with your doctor about alternative options.

Can I buy Desloratadine online?

Yes, you can buy Desloratadine online after completing a short questionnaire, which is reviewed by one of our doctors. This is to confirm the suitability of the treatment for you. You should detail your medical history at this point. Your information can be saved online for future use, but will never be shared.

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Treatment Information
Treatment Information
Product Name: Desloratadine
Active Ingredient(s): Desloratadine
Manufacturer: Accord
Description: Desloratadine is a non-sedating antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of seasonal hay fever
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Administration: Oral
Presentation: Tablets
Available Dosage: 5 mg
Application: Adults with hayfever
Posology: One tablet daily
Drug class: Antihistamine
Alcohol consumption: Not recommended to drink in excess
When breastfeeding: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnant: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
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