Loratadine is a trusted treatment used for relieving symptoms caused due to seasonal allergies, such as sneezing, runny nose, itching, tearing and redness of the eyes. Other than this, medicine is also indicated to manage symptoms of allergic skin conditions, chronic hives and some other skin disorders.
Claritin contains loratadine as active ingredient that belongs to the pharmacological class of medications known as second-generation antihistamines or histamine receptor antagonists.
The drug works by stopping the action of histamine, a naturally occurring substance that is responsible for symptoms of hypersensitivities.
» Usually, it takes 2 hours to start showing healing effect and lasts up to 24 hours.
» Claritin is preferred on other anti-allergens because of its non-sedative properties. Loratadine, the active content of this drug does not directly influence the brain like others, and hence, causes symptoms of drowsiness (sedation) on rare occasions.
» Some other drugs also come in this category of anti-allergens and are classified as non-sedating antihistamines. Clarinex (Desloratadine), Cetirizine (Zyrtec), Fexofenadine (Allegra), and levocetirizine (Xyzal) also belongs to the category of non-sedative allergic medications.
» Elderly patients and children should given this medication only after taking proper consultation from medical advisor or doctor.
» Allergies to the medicine
» Pediatric patients younger than 2 years of age
Most Common Side Effect
- dry mouth
- Tag along to your treatment for recommended duration.
- Inform your prescriber about your current health condition especially, if you have existing or history of any disease or long term illness.
- Inform your prescriber if you have any food allergies or hypersensitivities to any medicine.
- Use only the recommended dosages for a limited period of time, overdose or taking extra doses may interfere the ultimate target result of health gain.
- Keep your all medication away from moisture and direct sunlight. Store all medication at a cool, dry place and away from the reach of children and pets.
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- Usually recommended dosage of loratadine for adult patients and adolescents (children older than 12 years) is 10 mg per day.
- The tablets may be administered without respect of meals with a glass of water.
- Pediatric patients between 2 to 12 years of age are supposed to take this drug for a limited period (not more than 14 days) unless your doctor suggested.
- In case of miss dose, skip the missed dose and follow your next schedule.
- You should take the required doses for the recommended duration. Taking extra dosage is not a safe thing to do in any condition. In case of overdose, consult your medical advisor.
Consult your medical advisor if any of these side effects or any other symptoms occur or bother you:
- dry mouth
However, in most of the cases these side effects do not hinder in the long run and wipe out with time but if left untreated they may become serious. Hence, do not ignore them and seek medical help timely.
If you experience any of the below listed side effect, immediately stop your medication with Claritin and contact your doctor at the earliest to know further guideline to recover from these:
- hair loss
- irregular heartbeat
- continuous stomach pain
- signs of liver problems such as
» dark urine,
» loss of appetite,
» skin itching,
» weight loss,
» yellowing of the skin, or
» whites of the eyes
- severe allergic reaction including
» difficulty breathing,
» hives, or
» swelling of the face and throat.
Claritin is not for you if:
- you have hypersensitivity to any of the contents present in the drug,
- you are pregnant as this medication is not declared as safe to be implemented during pregnancy. If patient conceives during this medication, immediate medical consultation is to be done,
- you are breast-feeding a baby as loratadine may pass through breast milk and affect the health of the baby, or
- patient is younger than 2 years of age as safety of the treatment is not recognized in this population. Further, children between the ages of 2 and 12 should not be given this treatment for longer duration (maximum 14 days) or without recommendation of a doctor.
Be cautious before taking this medicine, if you are already taking any of the following medications:
Claritin may interact with above medicines and cause undesirable effects on your health.