The makers of Claritin have issued a recall for that popular allergy drug, but don't panic if that's your drug. It's not as scary as it sounds. The manufacturer, Schering-Plough, stresses that the pills are safe to take, and that they're voluntarily recalling it from the pharmacies, not the patients.
In fact, if you have some of the recalled Claritin, the company says go ahead and use it until the prescription runs out. Why the recall? The makers say some of the 12 hour extended release tablets are 25 minutes off.
The recalled Claritin was made between August 1999 and June 2001. Individual units are marked with a lot number that includes the prefix "O" or "1." Other lots that were manufactured in 1999 are included in the recall as well. They are:
If you have any questions, you can call the Claritin-D information center at 1-866-300-1516 or (click here).