desloratadine (generic name)

Aerius (brand name)

It helps to relieve sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes
(des lor AT a deen)
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What is this medicine?

DESLORATADINE (des lor AT a deen) is an antihistamine. It helps to relieve sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. This medicine is used to treat or prevent symptoms of allergies. It is also used to treat itchy skin rash and hives.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to desloratadine, loratadine, other antihistamines, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Shake well before using. Use the specially marked spoon or dropper supplied with this medicine to measure every dose. Household spoons are not accurate. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. You may give this medicine with food or on an empty stomach. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in children as young as 6 months.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • other medicines for colds or allergies

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for checks on your progress. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • fast heartbeat or chest pain
  • fever or infection

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry or irritated mouth or throat
  • headache
  • irritable
  • menstrual changes
  • muscle aches
  • stomach upset, nausea

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: February 27, 2009
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