Q:

8/11/2013
For how long can Desloratadine, at standard dosing of 5 mg/ day, be given safely for sx control? Studies do not go beyond 3 months. Is it safe to keep on longer, switch to other anti H1 or look for alternatives (Xolair?) Healthy person with PAR; does not want shots, he feels fine with DSL; takes no other meds. Thanks in advance.

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

To my knowledge, there are no long term studies, extending over years, regarding the safety of desloratadine. However, based upon clinical experience with antihistamines in general, which have been in use for over 50 years, and the well described safety profile of desloratadine, I personally feel there would be no problem with extended use of this drug on a daily basis for years.

Thank you again for your inquiry and we hope this response is helpful to you.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology