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- What is desloratadine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for desloratadine?
- Is desloratadine available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for desloratadine?
- What are the side effects of desloratadine?
- What is the dosage for desloratadine?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with desloratadine?
- Is desloratadine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about desloratadine?
What is the dosage for desloratadine?
The recommended dose for adults and children 12 years or older is 5 mg daily.
For children 6 to 11 years of age the dose is 2.5 mg of the syrup or 2.5 mg of the RediTabs once daily.
Children 12 months to 5 years old should receive 1.25 mg of the syrup once daily and children 6 to 11 months old are treated with 1 mg of syrup once daily.
Desloratadine can be taken with or without food.
Which drugs or supplements interact with desloratadine?
Ketoconazole (Nizoral, Extina, Xolegel, Kuric), erythromycin, azithromycin (Zithromax), fluoxetine (Prozac), and cimetidine (Tagamet) increase blood levels of desloratadine by reducing the elimination of desloratadine by liver enzymes.
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