loratadine and pseudoephedrine, Claritin-D (cont.)

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Claritin-D should not be taken at the same time as or within 14 days of monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibiting drugs.

PREGNANCY: The decongestant pseudoephedrine causes birth defects in some animal species. Additionally, there have been associations between first trimester exposure to these medications and malformations in the fetus, primarily minor malformations. Thus, Claritin-D should be used in pregnancy only if the physician feels that the potential benefit outweighs the risk.

NURSING MOTHERS: Pseudoephedrine is secreted in breast milk. The American Academy of Pediatrics considers pseudoephedrine to be compatible with nursing.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of Claritin-D include stimulation of the nervous system leading to nervousness, restlessness, excitability, dizziness, headache, fear, anxiety, tremor, and even hallucinations and convulsions (seizures).

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 4/17/1999

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