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I am 45 years old mechanic. I am working in conditions which are not so representative. To be worse I have problems with allergy. Symptoms are more or less common. I have runny nose, itchy and painful throat, watery eyes etc. I am taking Claritin but I am beginning to think that it was mistake. It seems to me that my sense of smell is fading away. Could Claritin affect my sense of smell?

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I am not sure that it is possible. I have been using it for some time and I had no side effects. Also I am reading a lot about it and I have never read that something like that could happen. I think that your mind is playing a little game with you. Anyway check with doc but I dont think Claritin has done that.
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well....It could, but it is VERY unlikely!
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HI, if you notice your sense of smell fading away,stop taking Claritin. I took Claritin from 1992 - 1999 everyday for my allergies (can't breathe bec. of clogged nose due to allergies). Claritin helped me breathe. The downside is that I still can't smell after almost 10 years since I weaned myself off Claritin. I could breathe but my sense of smell and taste are gone. Very frustrated. Went to different doctors, walk-in clinics, specialists - can't do anything to restore sense of smell and taste. It's been almost 11 years. The only time I could smell was when prednisone was prescribed to me and after taking those pills for a week, then it comes back. As soon as the presciption is finished, I can't smell or taste anymore. Claritin is okay as long as it is not taken daily for years and years.
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Due to allergies to animals but loving them enough so much that my girlfriend and I have 4 cats, 3 birds, and a dog, I have to take Claritin everyday. I have been doing it for years and recently have noticed that I can only smell the strongest of scents. My first thought was to research the Claritin and lo and behold I found a plethora of people posting questions on different forums asking this same question. I would have to say that there definitely seems to be a pattern here.

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That's exactly what happened to me. From the claritin to the predinisone. Wow.
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This happened to me also.  I took Claritin from 2001 to 2007 everyday for my allergies as instructed by my doctor.  I stopped the Claritin because I noticed a significant change in my sinuses.  They became very dry and with a greatly impaired sense of smell.  After almost 8 years, my sense of smell has returned some.  I'm hoping for a complete return. 

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I'm 33 and started having really bad sinus issues. I started taking a generic form of Claritin about 9 - 12 mos ago . The pros, I could breath. The cons, no sense of smell. Not even bleach! I did have a horrible sinus infection about a year or 2 ago (that's when my sinus problems hit.) I haven't taken it for 3 days, my asthma and sinuses are acting up but I could smell stuff....almost all day long! I could taste my food! Its rare when I can lately. So...I do believe it's the Claritin. I'm hoping to find something else that helps.
P's I found a nasal stick at work that helps load. Levmetamfetamine.... yes the name scares me....it ends with fetamine. I use it at most twice a day. Once in the morning and once during the day. I've seen people use it over and over. I don't know how....it stings a bit. Its not comfortable bit after about 5 minutes my nose is clear for most of the day.
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I took Claritin for two days and lost sense of smell, and taste
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I've been taking a high dose of Claritin for two weeks as prescribed by my doctor. I have lost both my sense of smell and taste.
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I have lost my sense of smell too. I have been taking Claritin for at least 20 years or more. However only during two allergy seasons. I was wondering if Claritin was the culprit. Having no sense of small I can't tell when things are burning on the stove!
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I only took one Claritan more than a week ago and still can't smell or taste much.
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I took a generic form of Claratin-D for 4 days. My sense of smell and taste is gone. Has anyone that has posted here had their senses return after time?
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One week of otc Claritin and mine are gone. I'm out of my mind hoping they'll return. Also, ended up with a great sinus infection because I got too dried out. Maybe class action law suit
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I lost my sense of smell this year after taking Claritin for two months. THought it would be good to switch from Allegra, which I have taken almost year round for 10 years or so. Went back to Allegra and my sense of smell has not come back. It’s been six months. Frustrating.

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