What Clarinase is used for
Clarinase relieves symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis (hayfever),
• nasal and sinus congestion
• runny nose
• watery, itchy eyes
Clarinase contains a combination of two medicines, loratadine (an antihistamine) and pseudoephedrine (a decongestant).
Antihistamines help reduce allergic symptoms by preventing the effects of a substance called histamine. Histamine is produced by the body in response to foreign substances which the body is allergic to. Decongestants produce narrowing of blood vessels. This leads to clearing of the stuffy or blocked nose.
Your doctor or pharmacist, however, may prescribe Clarinase for another purpose. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why Clarinase has been prescribed for you.
Clarinase is available from pharmacy without a prescription.
Before you take Clarinase
When you must not take it
Do not take Clarinase if:
• you have an allergy to Clarinase or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Do not take Clarinase if you have, or have had, any of the following medical conditions:
• difficulty passing urine
• severe high blood pressure
• severe blood vessel disease
• an overactive thyroid gland
Do not take Clarinase if you are taking or within 14 days of discontinuing monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), medicines used to treat depression.
Do not take Clarinase if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless you have discussed the risks and benefits involved with your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not give Clarinase to children under 12 years of age.
Do not take Clarinase after the expiry date printed on the pack.
Do not take Clarinase if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
• any other medicines
• any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
• eye problems (such as high pressure in the eye or glaucoma)
• stomach ulcer
• intestinal obstruction
• prostate or urinary bladder problems
• heart disease
• if you are 60 years of age or older, because older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you take Clarinase.
The pseudoephedrine in Clarinase is considered a stimulant by sporting bodies. Its use in competing athletes is not recommended.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines should not be taken with Clarinase. These include:
• heart or blood pressure medicines
• monoamine oxidase inhibitors, medicines used to treat depression
These medicines may be affected by Clarinase, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you
. How to take Clarinase
How much to take
The recommended dose of Clarinase in adults and children over 12 years is one tablet every 12 hours.
It does not matter if you take Clarinase before or after food.
Do not use in children under 12 years of age.
Be sure to take Clarinase exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you to.
If you do not follow their instructions, you may not get relief from your symptoms.
Do not take more Clarinase than recommended by your doctor or pharmacist
How to take it
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not crush, break or chew the tablet before swallowing.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26) for advice or go to casualty at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Clarinase. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Keep telephone numbers for these places handy. While you are taking Clarinase
Things you must do
Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Clarinase.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you become pregnant while you are taking Clarinase.
Things you must not do
Do not give Clarinase to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Do not use it to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist says to.
Things to be careful of
Make sure you know how you react to Clarinase before you drive a car or operate machinery.
Clarinase is unlikely to make you drowsy. If you are drowsy, do not drive a car or work with machinery.
Stop taking Clarinase 48 hours before you have any skin tests.
Antihistamines may interfere with the results of skin tests
. Side effects
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using Clarinase.
Clarinase helps most people with allergies, but it may have unwanted effects in a few people.
Like other medicines, Clarinase can cause some side effects. If they occur, they are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Most unwanted effects seen with Clarinase have been mild to moderate. These include:
• trouble sleeping
• dry mouth
Other unwanted effects may also occur in some people taking Clarinase.
Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them
. After using Clarinase
Keep your tablets in the blister pack in a dry place until it is time to take them.
If you take your tablets out of the blister pack they will not keep well.
Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 degrees C.
Do not store them or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave them in the car on hot days or on window sills.
Keep the tablets where children cannot reach them.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking Clarinase or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
What it looks like
Clarinase tablets are white round tablets. Clarinase is available in packs of 6 tablets.
• loratadine 5mg
• pseudoephedrine sulfate 120mg
• maize starch
• magnesium stearate
• calcium sulfate
• carnauba wax
• titanium dioxide
• microcrystalline cellulose
• oleic acid
• white beeswax
Clarinase does not contain gluten.