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Aerius is a type of antihistamine that is in a class that are called H1-receptor antagonists. When someone has an allergic reaction to something, the body creates a lot of a chemical known as histamine. When there’s a lot of this in the patient’s system, it causes the many symptoms that they get from allergies. When you take an antihistamine, it stops the antihistamine receptors from taking the chemical in. When the medication blocks these receptors, it decreases the symptoms of allergic reactions.
The active ingredient in Aerius, desloratadine, is a medication that can stop histamine action in the patient’s body so that the symptoms are lessened or even relieved. The medication is taken as directed and generally starts working after about 75 minutes. It is strong enough to give the patient relief for 24 hours. It’s available for kids as a syrup and for those 12 and older as a tablet.
People with seasonal or all-year allergies often have symptoms such as:
• Hives or itchy skin
• Nasal congestion
• Runny nose
• Watery, itchy eyes
• Itchy throat
• Itchy palate
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- Precautions and Warnings Of Aerius
- Aerius Side Effects
- Aerius Drug Interactions
- Aerius Strengths and Dosages
- Cost of Aerius in America
- FAQs of Aerius
Precautions and Warnings Of Aerius
It’s important to let your doctor know about the symptoms you have and about any medications you’re taking. Some of them may make the side effects of Aerius worse or change the way the medication works. You also need to tell the doctor if you are pregnant, will be pregnant soon, and whether you are currently breastfeeding. You should also make sure that the doctor knows your health history in case you have a condition that could cause problems with this medication.
In general, Aerius doesn’t cause patients to get drowsy, but it can happen rarely. You need to take this medication and see how it affects you before you drive on it. You may not be able to take this medication if you have kidney function that’s seriously reduced. If you have kidney problems, you may need to be monitored while taking this medication.
If you have problems with your liver function you may also have problems with this medication. It could affect your liver condition and/or change the effectiveness of the medication. If you have liver function issues, you may need to have that function monitored while taking Aerius.
If you’re pregnant, it’s generally not a good idea to take this medication. However, your doctor will weigh the positive effects of Aerius and the possible negatives and make a decision about whether you should take it. If you’re breastfeeding, the same is true. This medication does pass into breast milk, so your doctor may recommend that you not take it or stop breastfeeding. This medication is only for those who are aged two and over. Don’t give it to younger children unless your doctor directs it.
It’s possible for this medication to cause a patient to have seizures. People who have a history of having seizures or have conditions that raise their risk of getting seizures should make sure their doctors know about it. Aerius may affect that condition and make it more likely that you have seizures. Talk to your doctor about all of your medical conditions and all of the medications you take.
Aerius Side Effects
Medications can often cause side effects, and Aerius is no exception. There may be mild side effects that eventually go away, or there may be serious side effects that require medical intervention. Most people don’t have side effects with this medication, but it’s always possible. At least 1% of people taking this medication will experience dryness in the throat, nose, or mouth. They may also develop fatigue, a stronger appetite, or headaches.
It’s also possible to have more serious side effects from taking it. Some people will get a fever, restlessness with more body movements, the symptoms that come with liver problems, the symptoms that come with a UTI, or a heartbeat that’s too fast or irregular. Symptoms of a liver problem can include having pale stools, darker urine, diarrhea, yellow eyes or skin, weight loss, and vomiting. Symptoms of a UTI can include feeling pain or burning when you urinate, having pain in the lower back, and having to urinate more than you usually do.
If you have a seizure after taking this medication or you suspect that you’re having an allergic reaction to it, stop taking it right away and seek medical help as soon as possible. If you experience trouble breathing, swelling in your mouth or face, or you get hives, you may be having an allergic reaction to it.
Aerius Drug Interactions
There are a lot of drugs that have the potential to interact with Aerius. Make sure your doctor knows all the medications that you’re taking before you start taking Aerius. While taking this medication, you shouldn’t take anything else that has an antihistamine in it such as diphenhydramine, loratadine, cetirizine, and any others. You shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking this medication. There are possible interactions with antipsychotic medications such as risperidone, clozapine, olanzapine, haloperidol, and more.
Barbiturates such as phenobarbital and benzodiazepines such as alprazolam may also interact with Aerius. Some of the other medications to avoid while taking this allergy medication include:
• General anesthetics
• Narcotic pain medications
• Seizure medications (such as Dilantin)
• SSRIs like Prozac
• Sleep medications
• Tricyclic antidepressants
Aerius Strengths and Dosages
This medication is available both as a syrup and a tablet. The tablets are generally used for people 12 years old and older. The dose is generally a 5mg tablet once every day. It can be taken with food or without it. For adults who want to take the syrup form of this medication, 5mg is usually the dosage. For children who are under 12, there are different dosages that the child may need based on their age and size. They typically take the syrup form of this mediation. Children who are between ages six and 11 usually take 2.5mg of the syrup. For children who are ages two to five, the typical dose is generally 1.25mg.
It’s important to take the medication just as the doctor orders it. If you happen to forget a dose, you can take a dose as soon as you remember to. However, if it’s almost time for your next one, don’t double up on your doses. Keep this medication stored at room temperature.
Cost of Aerius in America
The price of Aerius in the U.S. is generally around $35 to $40, depending on where you get it. There are many places to get it without a prescription. While it’s a prescription medication in many other places in the world, in the U.S. it can be bought over the counter. The active ingredient in Aerius, desloratadine, can also be found in another medication called Clarinex.
FAQs of Aerius
If you have questions about Aerius and what it does, we can connect you with one of our licensed pharmacist.
Is Aerius an antibiotic?
No, it’s an antihistamine. While an antibiotic kills a bacterial infection, Aerius is an antihistamine that blocks histamine receptors in the body to relieve allergy symptoms.
Will Aerius make me sleepy?
Generally, it won’t. However, this is a rare side effect that can happen to some people.
Can you take it along with pain medications?
If you’re taking an over-the-counter medication like Tylenol, it’s generally considered to be safe. However, any pain reliever that contains opioids shouldn’t be taken with Aerius.
Will Aerius raise my blood pressure?
In general, it doesn’t affect blood pressure. However, if you take certain blood pressure medications, Aerius can change the way it works, and this can change blood pressure. Make sure your doctor knows about your blood pressure and any medication you take for it.
Does it have to be taken at a certain time of day?
No, it can be taken at any time of the day or night. It can help to keep your levels of the medication steady by taking it at the same time each day, but it doesn’t have to be taken this way.
How long will it be until it works?
It usually takes about 75 minutes after you take the medication to notice a difference in your allergy symptoms.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any specific medication or treatment. Individual health conditions and responses to treatment can vary greatly; therefore, this information should not be seen as a guarantee of safety, suitability, or effectiveness for any particular individual. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment plans.