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Is CLARITIN D Addictive?
Can I have CLARITIN D with alcohol?
Can I have CLARITIN D When Pregnant?
Can I have CLARITIN D when feeding a baby?
Can I drive after taking CLARITIN D?
Effect of an overdose of CLARITIN D
Effect of using expired CLARITIN D
Effect of missing a dose of CLARITIN D
What is CLARITIN
Claritin D is a combination medicine of Loratadine and pseudoephedrine which comes as extended-release tablets. Loratadine is an antihistamine and Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant. It is both prescription-based and over the counter medicine. It is used for allergies, symptoms of a common cold like sneezing or running nose, itchy or watery eyes or nose and sinus pain, etc.
It is US FDA approved drug which comes as extended-release
tablets in two strengths
5mg Loratadine and 120mg Pseudoephedrine
10mg Loratadine and 240mg
Similar drugs available in the USA with the same composition:
Alavert Allergy and Sinus
Claritin-D: Loratadine 5 mg and pseudoephedrine sulfate 120 mg is the composition of the Claritin D used as an extended release tablet once in 12 hours for allergy and congestion.
Claritin-D: Loratadine 10 mg and pseudoephedrine sulfate 240 mg is the composition of the Claritin D used as an extended release tablet once in 24 hours for allergy and congestion.
Pseudoephedrine is a sympathomimetic amine that acts
on alpha-adrenergic receptors and causes shrinking of swollen mucous membranes.
It can be used as CNS stimulant, nasal decongestant and in promoting
How to Take
12-hour tablets should be taken orally after food
twice daily. Take it as a whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
The 24-hour tablet should be taken orally once daily
after food. Take it as a whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet.
for CLARITIN D
The usual dosage for adults and children above 12
years age is 12-hour tablet i.e. of 5mg/120mg composition twice daily and 24-hour
tablet i.e. of 10mg/240mg composition once daily.
Patients with kidney problems should not take it
over the counter. Your doctor may suggest different dosages for your condition.
Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any history
of liver and kidney problems as most of the drugs metabolize in the liver and
the clearance of the drugs depend on the functioning of the kidneys.
When to Avoid
It is contraindicated in patients
hypersensitive to the components of the tablet.
It should be avoided in patients with
severe kidney impairment and liver failure.
Pseudoephedrine in this drug is contraindicated
in diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled hypertension, narrow-angle
glaucoma, prostate hypertrophy, and hyperthyroidism.
Side-effects of CLARITIN
Claritin D may cause the following side effects.
Adverse effects may not occur to all the patients taking this medicine. Adverse
effects may differ from patient to patient. Here is the list of adverse effects
of this drug.
Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing
any of the side effects. If you have bought this medicine over the counter,
stop taking this medicine and contact your health care provider for alternative
system: Claritin D causes following cardiac
problems- Hypertension, palpitations, syncope, tachycardia, peripheral edema.
Pseudoephedrine in the drug which can elevate blood
pressure. Hence this drug is not advised for patients with uncontrolled blood
Respiratory: It can cause chest congestion, dry throat, dyspnoea, bronchitis, irritation,
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, distension, constipation, flatulence, gastritis. The frequency
of these effects is not reported and these effects may be rare.
system: Hallucinations, restlessness, tremors,
insomnia, anxiety, headache and tremors.
Urinary: Retention of the urine can occur which is rare.
Precautions if any
Claritin D 24-hour tablet should be used
in caution with patients having trouble in swallowing, upper GI narrowing, and
abnormal peristalsis. Studies have shown the occurrence of eosophageal
obstruction and perforation. Do not use this tablet unless prescribed by your
doctor, if you are suffering from the above condition.
Patients with cardiac problems, Thyroid
problems, Kidney problems, Prostate diseases, or generalized conditions like
diabetes and hypertension should not take them over the counter. Please consult
your physician before taking this medicine.
Skin rashes can occur with drug eruption in the form
of red patches, which is very rare. Please let your doctor know if you are
allergic to any medicines for allergy and the common cold, other allergic
conditions like urticaria, pruritis, etc.
Effect of the Medicine
on the Menstrual Cycle
No, significant effects on menstrual cycles are not
Interactions to Be Careful About
Pseudoephedrine is contraindicated in
patients who are taking MAO Inhibitors for the past 14 days.
Methyldopa, Mecamylamine, Reserpine,
Veratrum alkaloids. The efficacy of these drugs is reduced by Claritin D.
When used along with Digitalis,
increased ectopic pacemaker activity is observed.
However, these drug interactions are for informative
purposes only. Your doctor might suggest an alternative medicine or adjust the
dosage according to your condition. If you are taking any treatment for other
health conditions, it’s suggestive not to take Claritin D over the counter.
Before taking the medicine, consult your healthcare provider.
No specific food interactions reported. If you are
allergic to any foods or drugs, let your doctor know so that he might suggest
changes in your treatment plan.
with laboratory procedures
In vitro studies showed that the pseudoephedrine
present in this medicine inhibits the action of serum creatinine phosphokinase.
There are no clear pieces of evidence about laboratory interactions of this
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It shows effects in 3-4 hours after the consumption
and its efficacy stays for 10 to 12 hours.
Is CLARITIN D
Loratadine in medicine is not addictive.
Pseudoephedrine component can be addictive. Using high doses of Claritin D can
cause mood elevation, increased sense of alertness and increased energy. On
withdrawal, depression may follow.
Can I have
CLARITIN D with alcohol?
The antihistamine in
this drug is not drowsiness causing type. Some people may experience dizziness
after taking this drug due to various reasons. So avoid drinking alcohol or
operating heavy tools/machinery until the course is over.
Can I have
CLARITIN D When Pregnant?
Claritin D should not be used during pregnancy
unless the benefits outweigh the risks and only when prescribed by your doctor.
Can I have
CLARITIN D when feeding a baby?
Studies have shown that it is excreted into human milk. Please contact your doctor before taking this
medication during breast feeding.
Pseudoephedrine in this medicine may cause a decrease
in lactation in mothers who are not able to produce sufficient milk.
Can I drive
after taking CLARITIN D?
This drug may cause drowsiness and blurred vision.
Hence it is suggested not to drive or operate heavy machinery after taking this
Effect of an overdose
of CLARITIN D
The large doses of Claritin D may cause giddiness,
vomiting, tachycardia, insomnia, muscle weakness, convulsions, cardiac
arrhythmias, collapse, and respiratory failure. Please contact your doctor
immediately if you have taken excess doses of Claritin D.
Effect of using
expired CLARITIN D
Expired Claritin D may not show intended benefits.
Dispose of the medicines according to the guidelines. If you are buying it over
the counter, please check the expiry date before purchasing it.
missing a dose of CLARITIN D
Missing a single dose may not show much effect. If
you are skipping doses frequently it may not show benefits intended. Since it
is taken 12 hourly or 24 hourly, set a reminder until the course is finished or
take the medicine daily at the same time. Take the missed dose immediately when
you remember, if it is not close to the next dose.
This medicine should be kept under room
Keep them away from the reach of
children and pets.
Keep it away from moisture.
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