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loratadine (ALAVERT, CLARITIN)

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  • Allergy and Hayfever [hide all summaries]
    If you suffer from an itchy and runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and a tickle in the back of your throat, then you probably have an allergy. An allergy means a hypersensitivity to a particular substance called an allergen. Hypersensitivity means that the body’s immune system, which defends against infection, disease, and foreign bodies, reacts inappropriately to the allergen. Examples of common allergens are pollen, mold, ragweed, dust, feathers, cat hair, makeup, walnuts, aspirin, shellfish, poison ivy, and chocolate.
  • Cough and Cold [hide all summaries]
    Many prescription or over-the-counter drug combinations of two or more ingredients should not be used because they are irrational combinations of single ingredients, some of which are safe and effective and sensible to use alone if treating the symptom for which they are intended. The combinations, however, present extra risks for extra ingredients that will usually not add any benefit (possibly a risk) to the first ingredient and will invariably cost much more than the single ingredient alone.

Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles

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  • Drugs That Cause Sun-Related Skin Reactions [hide all summaries]
    (July 2016)
    Summer is a terrific time for healthy outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, biking and swim¬ming. But for an unlucky few, certain medications can lead to adverse skin reactions following exposure to the sun. Find out whether you are at risk and how to protect yourself.
  • Treatment for Nasal Allergies: An Updated Review [hide all summaries]
    (April 2016)
    With spring time pollen counts soaring, many patients with seasonal nasal allergies will be looking for relief from allergy medications. Learn the best available treatments to stay safe and relatively symptom-free during allergy season and throughout the year.
  • Update on Grapefruit Juice-Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (July 2012)
    This article updates and expands our earlier list of drugs that can have harmful interactions with grapefruit juice. The list now includes 82 different drugs.
  • Preventing Heat-Induced Death and Illness [hide all summaries]
    (June 2012)
    This article lists practical steps to take to avoid death, hospitalization or other medical problems caused by heat stress. It also contains a list of 123 drugs that can impair your response to heat.
  • Benefits and Risks of Popular Allergy Medications [hide all summaries]
    (April 2012)
    This article discusses drugs you should and should not use as the allergy season commences.
  • Smoke & Mirror Marketing (& Other Clever Big Pharma Tricks) [hide all summaries]
    (May 2010)
    The article reviews 12 prescription drugs, many of which are top-sellers, all of which are greatly overpriced in comparison to older "versions" of the same drugs. The patents on the old drugs expired so the "innovative" companies patented these new products, gaining a patent on them, and, for all practical purposes, using them as a license to print money. There is no evidence that any of the new ones are better than the now less-expensive, old versions.
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms [hide all summaries]
    (October 2002)
    This is the first of a two part series on drug induced psychiatric symptoms that is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Regular readers of Worst Pills, Best Pills News will recognize The Medical Letter as a reference source written for physicians and pharmacists that we often use because of its reputation as an objective and independent source of drug information. The article lists the drugs and their psychiatric adverse effects.
  • Grapefruit Juice and Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (June 2002)
    Grapefruit juice can interact with a number of therapeutically important drugs that could lead to the possibility of toxicity. These drugs are listed in the article.
  • The Antihistamine Desloratadine (CLARINEX) - Son of Loratadine (CLARITIN) [hide all summaries]
    (March 2002)
    By the time you read this, desloratadine (CLARINEX)—the Schering-Plough Corporation’s replacement for their $3 billion a year antihistamine loratadine (CLARITIN)—will be on pharmacy shelves. An army of sales people will be bribing your doctor with expensive meals, gifts, and vacations to switch your prescription from loratadine to desloratadine. There is no medical reason for you to be switched from loratadine to desloratadine. However, if you use desloratadine in the short term before generic loratadine is available you will save money. If you use desloratadine after generic loratadine is marketed you will be ripped-off.

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