What Aerius and Aerius Kids is used for and how to use it
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Aerius and Aerius Kids - Consumer Medicine Information

Manufacture: Bayer
Country: Canada
Condition: Allergic Reactions, Allergic Rhinitis, Rhinitis, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis
Class: Antihistamines
Form: Tablets, Syrup
Ingredients: desloratadine, carnauba wax, corn starch, dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, FD&C Blue #2 Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide, white beeswax; bubblegum flavour, citric acid anhydrous, disodium edetate, dye FD&C Yellow No.6, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate dihydrate, sorbitol solution, sucrose

AERIUS
Desloratadine Tablet 5 mg

AERIUS KIDS
Desloratadine Syrup 0.5 mg/mL

About this medication

What the medication is used for

AERIUS and AERIUS KIDSprovides:

  • fast 24 hour effective relief from seasonal allergies (trees, grass, pollen and ragweed) and year round allergies (dust mites, animal dander and moulds) resulting in symptoms including nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, stuffiness; itchy palate; itchy ears; itchy throat; allergic cough; as well as swollen, itchy, burning, watery and red eyes.
  • fast and effective relief of allergic skin conditions, such as skin itch and hives.

What it does

AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS is a product proven to work in multiple ways. Its’ anti-allergic action and anti-inflammatory properties provide a multi defense against allergy symptoms. AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS is a long-acting antihistamine that blocks the action of histamine.

AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS has anti-inflammatory properties that also help by reducing swelling and related symptoms such as nasal congestion, redness and hives.

Most people will feel relief of allergy symptoms within 75 minutes of taking AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS.

Symptom relief will be maintained for 24 hours.

AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS does not cause drowsiness.

AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS can be used by people with mild to moderate asthma.

When it should not be used

AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS should not be used:

  • if you are allergic to desloratadine or to any of the other product ingredients (See What the nonmedicinal ingredients are).
  • if you are pregnant or nursing.

What the medicinal ingredient is

Desloratadine

What the nonmedicinal ingredients are

AERIUS

Carnauba wax, corn starch, dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, FD&C Blue #2 Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide, white beeswax.

AERIUS KIDS

Bubblegum flavour, citric acid anhydrous, disodium edetate, dye FD&C Yellow No.6, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate dihydrate, sorbitol solution, sucrose.

What dosage forms it comes in

AERIUS

Tablet 5 mg

AERIUS KIDS

Syrup 0.5 mg/mL

Warnings and precautions

Serious Warnings and Precautions
Tell your doctor if you have severe liver or kidney disease.

BEFORE you use AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you:

  • have liver or kidney disease
  • plan to become pregnant

Interactions with this medication

AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS works. If you are taking any medication, it is important to ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS.

Proper use of this medication

Usual dose

AERIUS

Adults and children (12 years of age and older): Swallow one tablet with water, once daily, regardless of mealtime.

AERIUS KIDS

Children 6 to 11 years of age: Swallow 1 teaspoonful (5 mL), once daily, regardless of mealtime.

Children 2 to 5 years of age: Swallow 1/2 teaspoonful (2.5 mL), once daily, regardless of mealtime.

Do not give AERIUS KIDS syrup to children between 2 and 12 years of age for longer than 14 days unless recommended by your doctor.

Overdose

In case of overdose, contact your Poison Control Centre, doctor or pharmacist immediately, even if there are no symptoms.

Missed Dose

If you miss taking your dose on time, do not worry; take your dose when you remember. Do not exceed more than one dose in 24 hours.

Side effects and what to do about them

Along with its desired effects, AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS may cause undesirable effects.

Side effects that may occur include, dry mouth, fatigue, and headache. .

At the recommended dose, this medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive or use machines. Drowsiness has been reported very rarely. Although most people do not experience drowsiness, it is recommended not to engage in activities requiring mental alertness, such as driving a car or operating machinery until you have established your own response to the medicinal product.

Serious side effects, how often they happen and what to do about them

Symptom / effect Talk with your doctor or pharmacist Stop taking drug and call your doctor or pharmacist
Only if severe In all cases
Rare Allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling of lips, tongue, face, throat and difficulty in breathing)
Very Rare Fast heart rate or heart palpitations
Restlessness with increased body movement
Seizures
Liver dysfunction - i.e. inflammation of the liver(appearance of jaundice - yellowing of the skin)
Children - Uncommon Urinary tract infection
Fever, headache, viral infection, varicella (chicken pox), and rash

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking AERIUS and AERIUS KIDS, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store it

Store between 15° and 30°C.

Protect tablets from excessive moisture.

Keep out of reach of children.

Reporting side effects

You can help improve the safe use of health products for Canadians by reporting serious and unexpected side effects to Health Canada. Your report may help to identify new side effects and change the product safety information.

3 ways to report:

  • Online at MedEffect;
  • By calling 1-866-234-2345 (toll-free);
  • By completing a Consumer Side Effect Reporting Form and sending it by:
    • Fax to 1-866-678-6789 (toll-free), or
    • Mail to: Canada Vigilance Program
                     Health Canada
                     Postal Locator 0701E
                     Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

Postage paid labels and the Consumer Side Effect Reporting Form are available at MedEffect.

NOTE: Contact your health professional if you need information about how to manage your side effects. The Canada Vigilance Program does not provide medical advice.

More information

This document plus the full product monograph, prepared for health professionals can be found at:
http://www.Bayer.ca.