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Re: [IP] claritin caution?



Kathy,

The FDA, Physician's Desk Reference, and other sources of drug study and
information, have to, by law, report ANY kind of a reaction in as little as
1% of the study group. Under most circumstances these "small" reactions are
about the same as a placebo .... sugar pill.
The problem I have with your message lies with the prescribing physician.
If the medication is not intended for use in children under the age of 12,
then why was it prescribed for your child?  Plain 'ol Benadryl might work
just as well...except for the "sleepy" factor.  At least it has been proven
safe and effective in your child's age group.
I have taken Claratin myself and have not associated it with any increase in
my glucose levels. Then again, I'm well over the age of 12.  :)
Problem with medications is that there are so many of them avaiable, and
quite a lot of them say "if you're a diabetic check with your physician
first."  It's tiugh for all of us.  Faith in your doctor, too, has a lot to
do with the choices we make.
I am real big on edocrinologists following my diabetes as opposed to my
primary care physician, but that is strictly my own choice.
Anyway ..........  it's pretty much your call, isn't it?
And by the way, even though I am a degreed RN, these opinions are my own and
are not to be taken as a substitue for anything you might be told by your
doctor.
Good luck to you and yours.
mj
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Uhlman" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 8:20 AM
Subject: [IP] claritin caution?


> My 11 yr old son was just prescribed once a day claritin for allergies.
One
> web page stated it, "should be used with caution with people with diabetes
> mellitus". Also states that its effectiveness and safety have not been
> established in children under 12.  Anyone use it and how does it affect
> blood sugar?  PS.  We tried the nasal sprays with poor results.
> Kathy
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