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How Does Claritin Eye Work?

Claritin Eye belongs to a group of allergy medications known as antihistamines. Specifically, it is an H1 receptor antagonist. This means that it blocks a specific type of histamine receptor in the body known as H1 receptors. Since the symptoms of allergic reactions are partly caused by histamine, Claritin Eye can help prevent or relieve allergy symptoms.
 
In addition to blocking histamine receptors, this medication seems to decrease the release of histamine from cells in the body and may also inhibit other substances, such as leukotrienes or eosinophils, produced by the body in response to an allergen.
 

Can Children Use It?

Claritin Eye is approved for treating eye allergies in children as young as three years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Claritin Eye for your particular child. For younger children, an adult will need to administer the drops. Be sure to teach older children about how to properly use the medicine.
 

Off-Label Uses for Claritin Eye

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than eye allergies (this would be known as an "off-label" use). At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label Claritin Eye uses.
 
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