Claritin-D is used for the treatment of common nasal allergy symptoms, such as runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, itchy throat or nose, and sneezing. The medication can also be used to treat nasal congestion due to the common cold. Claritin-D is approved for use in adults and children over the age of 12. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Claritin-D uses.
Claritin-D® (loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate) is a non-prescription medication approved to treat allergies in adults and children as young as 12 years old. The drug contains two different medications: loratadine (an antihistamine) and pseudoephedrine (a decongestant). Claritin-D is approved to treat the following allergy symptoms:
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Itchy nose or throat
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion.
Because it contains a decongestant, Claritin-D is also approved to treat nasal congestion due to the common cold.
Claritin-D Uses for AllergiesAllergies are the immune system's specific reaction to normally harmless substances, such as pollens, certain foods, or medicines. Allergies can be either seasonal or perennial. Seasonal allergies (such as hay fever) occur at specific times of the year, while perennial allergies can occur throughout the year. Allergies can affect various parts of the body, and symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy shots or medications. Claritin-D is a particularly useful allergy medicine, as it usually does not cause drowsiness, unlike many other non-prescription allergy products.