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With which other medicines, clarinase should be taken?

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Physician advice is required before taking any medications for any of your health conditions. Self-treating and self-diagnosing your health condition will do more harm than bringing any benefits. Clarinase is usually given to treat hay fever or a common cold. Consuming other medications with clarinase is a decision that should be made upon consultation with a qualified doctor. Most common cold cases are not requiring clarinase. You may need to take extra medications on top of clarinase if you have a severe form of hay fever or you have other comorbidities.

The antihistamines such as cetirizine and loratadine are mainly given for mild to moderate allergic rhinitis treatment. However, patients with comorbidities or severe forms of hay fever may require other medications such as glucocorticoids or omalizumab, or dupilumab. The core hay fever treatment is to avoid allergen, while the use of medications act as adjunct. The frequently used treatments are:

  • Nasal saline
  • Oral medications like clarinase
  • Steroid nasal spray
  • Decongestant spray

Clarinase can also be used to treat conditions like a common cold. The common cold is transmitted through direct contact with contaminated hands (contaminated by the nasal secretions). Almost all viruses that cause cold are not transmitted via saliva. Therefore, kissing is safe, but close or direct contact will still expose a healthy person to the risk of developing a common cold. Staying in a cold climate or excessive exposure to cold air will not cause common cold. The clinical features of the common cold are:

  1. Runny rose
  2. Fever
  3. Nasal congestion
  4. Sore throat

There is no specific or definite treatment for the common cold. Medicines or treatments given are mainly to relieve the symptoms. The main point here is that antibiotics do not play any significant role in treating the common cold as virus infection is not treated by giving antibiotics. Only bacterial infection that requires antibiotics.

Clarinase helps in curing and reduces sneezing, nasal congestion, pruritus, rhinorrhea, and watery eyes. The active chemicals in clarinase are pseudoephedrine sulfate and loratadine . Clarinase acts in our bodies by decongesting the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract. Overdose of clarinase may cause:

  • Drowsiness
  • Reduce mental alertness
  • Coma
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Hallucination
  • Insomnia
  • Seizure
  • Tremor
  • Death
  • Rapid heartbeats
  • Palpitations (heart beating against the chest)
  • Thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Blurring of vision
  • Tinnitus (Noisy ringing sensation)
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Thirst
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle weakness
  • Respiratory failure

Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is a condition which is also commonly known as allergic rhinosinusitis. In the United States, 10 to 30 percent of adults and kids are having hay fever. The number of new cases in urban areas and industrialized countries keeps increasing. The best medicine for hay fever is depending on factors like patients’ overall condition, the severity of hay fever, and the presence of any comorbidities. Hay fever causes a significant negative impact on the economy. This is because:

  • Hay fever contributes to 2.5% of total clinic visits annually
  • 6 million workdays lost each year
  • 2 million school days are lost every year

The signs and symptoms of hay fever are:

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal itchiness
  • Nasal obstruction

The risk factors for developing hay fever are:

  • Firstborn
  • Male
  • Born in pollen season
  • Maternal smoking
  • Early exposure to antibiotics

Clarinase should not be consumed or taken by individuals who are allergic to clarinase, individuals who are on monoamine oxidase inhibitors, patients with glaucoma, urinary retention patients, those with hyperthyroidism, severe high blood pressure patients, and patients with serious coronary artery disease.

Clarinase can only be taken by pregnant ladies only if the benefits outweigh the potential risks to the baby. The breastfeeding mother should get advice from a physician before taking clarinase as this medication will be excreted in the breast milk and will be consumed by the baby.