What should I know about Claritin-D before taking it?

Do not give Claritin-D (12-hour or 24-hour), or any other cough or cold medicine, to children under two years of age; serious side effects have been reported including death. Do not take this if you have taken a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor within the past 14 days; serious, life-threatening complications can arise. Avoid alcohol while taking this drug; it can increase the side effects. This is considered a pregnancy Category B drug, so it should be used by pregnant women, women who wish to become pregnant or women who are breastfeeding only after discussing the risks with the doctor. Avoid this product if you are allergic to the ingredients or have any of the following health problems:

  • kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • glaucoma
  • enlarged prostate 
  • thyroid or urination problems

This medication can result in unusual allergy skin test results. Tell your doctor prior to surgery if you have taken this medication within the last few days. If your symptoms have not improved after seven days, speak with your doctor.

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