Clarinex is an antihistamine, which means it blocks a naturally-occurring substance in the body called histamine, a chemical responsible for many of the common symptoms of allergies: watery and itchy eyes, stuffy and runny nose, sneezing and even hives.
In most cases, Clarinex doses are taken once a day. You can choose to take this medication in either liquid or tablet form. If you do take a tablet, swallow it whole; don’t try to break it or chew it. And if you take it in its liquid form, you must measure out your daily amount carefully. Don’t just use a spoon, but rather use a special measuring device: you can easily pick one of these up at your local pharmacy.
There’s also a third option for taking Clarinex: the disintegrating tablet known as the Clarinex RediTab. This kind of medication is good for people who don’t like swallowing pills and don’t feel like measuring out a liquid every day either. What happens with the RediTab is that you’ll remove a tablet from its package when you’re ready to take it. (Don’t leave these tablets outside of their packaging until they’re ready for use.) You will put that tablet directly on your tongue – you should dry off your hands before you handle these tablets – and it will immediately start to dissolve. You can sip water to help you swallow this medicine if you want, but do not chew the tablet.
Whatever form of Clarinex you are taking, you’ll want to store this supply someplace at room temperature where it won’t get moist. And be conscientious about when you take your Clarinex. You need to take it at the same time every day, and you need to take it for as long as it’s prescribed. Once a prescription runs out, your doctor will determine whether or not that prescription should be renewed or altered in any way. If you forget to take your Clarinex one day, either take your scheduled dosage as soon as you remember it or, if it’s almost time for your next scheduled dosage, skip the forgotten dosage altogether and don’t worry about it.
Let your doctor know if you’re allergic to any drugs or if you’ve ever had liver or kidney disease before you start taking Clarinex. You also may not be able to take this drug if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, you should call your doctor if you’re on Clarinex and your allergy symptoms show no sign of going away. You also need to get in touch with your doctor immediately should you show any sign of being allergic to this medication, signs such as hives or swelling of the face or tongue. Likewise, call your doctor if you experience a serious side effect from Clarinex such as a seizure, jaundice or a fever – side effects which are not common. On the other hand, you don’t need to contact your doctor if you experience a mild side effect of this medication, side effects which could include a sore throat, coughing, nausea and diarrhea, a headache or muscle ache, dry mouth or drowsiness, unless of course one or more of these side effects come on and simply won’t go away.
One good thing about Clarinex is that there are no special dietary restrictions or behavioral restrictions that you must follow; you will be able to eat, drink and do everything you did before you started taking Clarinex. In fact, given that you shouldn’t have to deal with all of those burdensome allergy symptoms, you might also find you’re able to do a lot more, especially when it comes to outdoor activities!