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Claritin D (Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine): Uses, Side Effects and Warnings

Written By Annette Holland on 3/20/10 | 11:26 PM

Claritin D (Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine) Drug Information: Uses, Side Effects, Drug Interactions and Warnings at RxList: "Psychiatric: Aggressive reaction, agitation, anxiety, apathy, confusion, decreased libido, depression, emotional lability, euphoria, impaired concentration, irritability, paroniria."

Agitation, anxiety, paranoia ... and just plain over-tired possibly.

My daughter has allergies and I just moved. Somewhere around here I have children's liquid Claritin, but I couldn't find it. Triaminic Cough and Cold works well for her allergies too but she didn't want to knock out right after dinner (I should have listened to my first instinct)... so I gave her one tab of her brother's generic Claritin (Equate brand from Wal-Mart).

Whoa. I don't think I will do that again. She had dinner within an hour of taking it, then bath, and somehow between "wash your hair and if you're itching from grass wash your body again" and "I'll be with you as soon as I'm done with your cousins" (about 5 minutes) she had a total and complete emotional breakdown about how she is horrible to her dog and not worthy to have a dog-walking business and that Buddy won't love her when he comes back to live with me (I adopted him, but he adopted her) and it lasted *TWO* hours!!!

Now, sometimes my daughter, like any woman, just needs to cry and any excuse will do. But this was beyond that. This was me saying it was OK for her to keep him if she wanted and if not, I was happy to take him back (that's a whole 'nother story that I will tell later), but my reasoning and her acceptance of it did not make it ok. It was nerve-wracking!!! Never again. I will stock up on the Benadryl melt-aways. Hyped up I can deal with. Emotional breakdown, no thanks!

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3 head case comments:

  1. Makes me wonder if Claritin has had any effect on my emotions when I've taken it. Makes me wonder if it's made me depressed or over-emotional...

  2. This reminds me that I need to pay closer attention to reading the side effects of all drugs, not just the ones I deem important. I had no idea that Claritin D had those kinds of side effects.

  3. Me neither. I don't usually suffer from the side effects of drugs, except for Zoloft, but my kids seem extra sensitive.

    @DrPants - you could always keep a notes on how you feel when you take Claritin.


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