What You Need to Know About Claritin-D

When and How to Take Claritin-D

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • It comes in tablet form. Depending on the particular product, it is taken either once a day or twice a day.
  • You can take it with or without food. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Be sure to swallow the tablets whole. They are extended-release tablets that will release the medication too rapidly if they are broken, chewed, or crushed.
  • Try to take Claritin-D at the same time(s) each day to keep an even level in your blood.
  • Some people need to take Claritin-D all year long, while others take it only during allergy season.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed by the package labeling. Please read the label closely.

Dosage Information

There is only one standard recommended dose of Claritin-D, although it may be taken once or twice daily, depending on the particular product. As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Claritin-D Dosing for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Claritin-D. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Claritin-D include, but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Claritin-D to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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