Understanding Your Medication: Aerius Oral Solution

When it comes to managing allergies, relief without the grogginess often associated with allergy medication can be a game-changer. This is where Aerius oral solution, containing desloratadine, an antihistamine, comes into play. In this guide, we’ll break down what you need to know about Aerius in an easy-to-understand manner.

1. What Is Aerius and How Does It Work?

Aerius is an antiallergy medicine designed to provide relief without causing drowsiness. Here’s how it works:

  • Active Ingredient: The active ingredient in Aerius is desloratadine.
  • Mechanism of Action: Aerius helps control allergic reactions and their symptoms. It’s particularly effective in managing allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal passages due to allergies, such as hay fever or dust mite allergies) and urticaria (itching and hives).
  • Long-Lasting Relief: One of the benefits of Aerius is that it offers 24-hour relief, allowing you to resume your daily activities and get a good night’s sleep.

2. What You Should Know Before Taking Aerius

Before starting Aerius oral solution, there are a few essential considerations to keep in mind:

  • Allergies: If you are allergic to desloratadine, loratadine, or any other components listed in section 6 of the package leaflet, you should avoid taking Aerius.
  • Medical History: If you have poor kidney function or a medical or familial history of seizures, you should discuss it with your healthcare provider before starting Aerius.
  • Age Limit: Aerius should not be administered to children younger than 1 year.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning to become pregnant, or unsure about your status, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine. Taking Aerius oral solution is not recommended during pregnancy or while nursing.
  • Driving and Operating Machinery: While most people do not experience drowsiness with Aerius, it’s a good practice to avoid activities requiring mental alertness, such as driving or operating machinery until you understand how the medication affects you.
  • Sensitivity to Sorbitol: Aerius oral solution contains sorbitol. If you’ve been advised by your doctor that you have an intolerance to certain sugars, be sure to contact your healthcare provider before taking this medicinal product.

3. How to Take Aerius Oral Solution

Taking your medication correctly is crucial for effective relief. Here’s how to take Aerius:

  • Recommended Doses:
    • Children 1-5 years: Take 2.5 ml (half of a 5 ml spoonful) of oral solution once a day.
    • Children 6-11 years: Take 5 ml (one 5 ml spoonful) of oral solution once a day.
    • Adults and adolescents (12 years and older): Take 10 ml (two 5 ml spoonfuls) of oral solution once a day.
  • Administration: Aerius is for oral use. Swallow the dose of oral solution and then drink some water. You can take it with or without food.
  • Duration of Treatment: The duration of treatment varies depending on your specific allergic rhinitis. Your physician will determine the length of treatment, which may vary based on the type of allergic rhinitis and its history. Follow your healthcare provider’s guidance closely.

4. Possible Side Effects

It’s important to be aware of potential side effects when taking any medication. While most people tolerate Aerius well, some common side effects include fatigue, dry mouth, and headaches. In children under 2 years old, diarrhea, fever, and insomnia were reported more frequently. In rare cases, severe allergic reactions like difficulty in breathing, wheezing, itching, hives, and swelling have been reported.

5. How to Store Aerius Oral Solution

Proper storage ensures the medication’s effectiveness and safety. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Keep Out of Reach: Store Aerius oral solution out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Expiry Date: Do not use the medicine after the expiry date, which is indicated on the bottle after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
  • Temperature: Keep the solution below 30°C and avoid freezing it. Store it in the original packaging.
  • Check Appearance: Do not use the medicine if you notice any change in the appearance of the oral solution.
  • Safe Disposal: Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Consult your pharmacist to learn how to dispose of unused medication properly.

6. Contents of the Pack and Additional Information

For your reference, here’s what you’ll find in the Aerius oral solution packaging:

  • Active Substance: Desloratadine at a concentration of 0.5 mg/ml.
  • Other Ingredients: The oral solution also contains sorbitol, propylene glycol, sucralose E 955, hypromellose 2910, sodium citrate dihydrate, natural and artificial flavor (bubblegum), citric acid anhydrous, disodium edetate, and purified water.

Aerius oral solution comes in various bottle sizes, each featuring a childproof cap. The pack sizes range from 30 ml to 300 ml, and for most packages except the 150 ml bottle, a measuring spoon marked for doses of 2.5 ml and 5 ml is provided. In the 150 ml package, you can find a measuring spoon or an oral measuring syringe also marked for doses of 2.5 ml and 5 ml.

And that’s the essential information about Aerius oral solution. It’s a reliable medication for managing allergies without drowsiness, but as always, consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice and guidance.

For further details, you can visit the European Medicines Agency website. And remember, when it comes to medications, always follow your doctor’s advice and instructions.

Stay well and symptom-free!