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What are the safety risks of Claritin?

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Serious side effects of Claritin include fast or uneven heart rate, yellowing of the skin or eyes, seizures or convulsions, and feeling faint, states RxList. Signs of a rare, life-threatening allergic reaction to Claritin include difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat or face.

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Common, less serious side effects of Claritin include headache, stomach pain, blurred vision, feeling drowsy or tired, and rash according to RxList. Pregnant and nursing women and children under 6 should generally avoid using Claritin unless instructed by a doctor. Drug interactions occur with certain antifungal medications, antibiotics and acid-reducing drugs.

Claritin is an antihistamine that relieves allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itching and allergic skin reactions, states RxList.

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