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Is Claritin Safe For Children?

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Posted on Sat, 15 Nov 2014
Question: I gave my 16 month old claritin when she had a runny nose. After one dose she no longer had a runny nose. I have a 6 month old that has a runny nose is it ok to give to her ?
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not recommended

Detailed Answer:
Hi....Claritin is Loratidine. Its safety and efficacy are not established in less than 2 year old kids. I do not suggest you giving it.
But off label uses are there....and no serious adverse effects are reported till now
Regards - Dr. Sumanth
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Dr. Sumanth Amperayani

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Practicing since :2003

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Is Claritin Safe For Children?

Brief Answer: Not recommended Detailed Answer: Hi....Claritin is Loratidine. Its safety and efficacy are not established in less than 2 year old kids. I do not suggest you giving it. But off label uses are there....and no serious adverse effects are reported till now Regards - Dr. Sumanth