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Desloratadine is used in the treatment of allergic disorders

How it works

Desloratadine blocks the action of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions.

Common side effects

Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Pain during periods, Fatigue, Headache, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Loss of appetite, Muscle pain, Sore throat, Stomach upset

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Expert advice

  • Desloratadine may be taken with or without food
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery during desloratadine therapy as it may cause dizziness.
  • Do not give to patients allergic to desloratadine, loratadine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not give to Children less than 2 years.

Frequently asked questions



Is desloratadine the same as loratadine/ Is desloratadine better than loratadine?
Desloratadine is the major metabolite of loratadine and the two drugs are similar in safety and effectiveness


Is desloratadine a steroid/ decongestant/ an antihistamine?
Desloratadine belongs to class of drugs called antihistamines. It is not a decongestant or a steroid


Is desloratadine over the counter?
Desloratadine is not an over the counter medicine. It is sold only upon a prescription by a registered medical practitioner

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Does desloratadine cause drowsiness/ weight gain/ high blood pressure/ raise blood pressure?
Desloratadine is not known to cause drowsiness/ weight gain/ high blood pressure/ raise blood pressure. However, consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)