More Info on Clarinex Indications
Chronic hives, known medically as chronic urticaria, is a condition that causes blotchy, red, raised bumps (hives) and itching for unknown reasons. In order to be diagnosed with chronic urticaria, a person must have hives and itching off and on for at least six weeks.
Clarinex is used to decrease the itching. It also helps decrease the hives' severity, how often they appear, and how long they last.
Clarinex can be used to treat chronic hives in adults and children six months of age and older.
How Does Clarinex Work?When you come into contact with something you're allergic to, a chain reaction begins inside your body. During this chain reaction, special cells release powerful chemicals. Some of these chemicals can trigger swelling of the nasal passages, leading to nasal congestion (a "stuffy" nose). Other chemicals, such as histamine, can cause sneezing, itching, and irritation.
Clarinex is part of a class of drugs called antihistamines. As the name implies, Clarinex blocks the effects of histamine. This can help with relief of allergy symptoms. However, since histamine is not involved with nasal congestion, it will not help open the nasal passages.
Clarinex Uses in ChildrenClarinex is approved for use in children as young as six months of age for symptoms of hay fever and chronic hives, and for children two years of age and older for indoor allergy symptoms.
Off-Label Clarinex UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Clarinex for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label Clarinex uses may include treatment of an unexplained long-term (chronic) cough or as part of asthma treatment.