Loratadine belongs to the group of medicines known as antihistamines which is an anti-allergy medicine. It helps to terminate the effects of a naturally occurring substance called histamine and this helps to relieve the symptoms of allergies such as hay fever and urticaria, watery eyes, and runny nose.
It is also used to treat sneezing, skin rash, hives, itching, runny nose, and other cold or allergy symptoms. Loratadine is also used to treat itching and skin hives in people with chronic skin reactions.
Keep the tablet in its blister pack before you are ready to take the medicine. Open the package and peel out the foil. Do not try to push a tablet through the foil or you might damage the tablet.
Always use dry hands to remove the tablet and directly place it in your mouth.
Do not swallow the tablet as a whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chew it. If required, you might drink liquid to help the medicine to swallow it properly.
Loratadine is used for the time being to relieve the symptoms of hay fever(allergy to pollen, dust, or other substances in the air) and other allergies. These symptoms are sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, or throat.
Loratadine is also available in the combination with pseudoephedrine(Sudafed, others). this monograph involves information about the usage of loratadine alone. If you are taking loratadine and pseudoephedrine as a combined product, read the information carefully provided on the package label or ask your doctor for more information.
Loratadine may cause many side effects. Consult your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following side-effects which do not go away:-
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Red or itchy eyes
If you are experiencing the given side effects stop taking loratadine and call your doctor in an emergency:-
Swelling of the eyes, tongue, face, lips, throat, hands, arms, ankles, feet, or lower legs
Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
Before taking loratadine, you need to consult with your doctor first if you are allergic to it, or to desloratadine. This medicine consists of inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Do not try to use this medicine without consulting your doctor if you have several medical conditions such as liver disease, kidney disease.
Loratadine does not generally cause drowsiness when used with recommended doses. Moreover, do not drive, use any machinery, or any activity which needs alertness until you are about your performance in such activities safely.
Loratadine is similar to desloratadine. Do not take the product which contains desloratadine while using loratadine.
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What Should I Need To Avoid While Taking Loratadine?
Follow your doctor’s instructions about the restrictions on beverages, food, or any activity.
Can I Take Loratadine(Claritin) If I Am Pregnant Or Breastfeeding?
This medicine is not harmful to an unborn baby. You need to tell your doctor if are planning to become pregnant or you are pregnant.
Loratadine can pass into breast milk and might be harmful to the nursing baby. You need to tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
What If I Overdose On The Loratadine Medicine?
You need to get emergency help as quickly as possible. You can see some of the side-effects of an overdose of Loratadine medicine which are as follow:-
Unusual body movements
Fast or pounding heartbeat
How To Use Loratadine?
If your doctor prescribed this medicine then follow the instructions of your doctor and instructions given on your prescription label. If you have any queries, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medicine by mouth and can be taken with or without food, generally once a day or as directed by your doctor or product package. If you are chewable tablets, chew each tablet thoroughly and swallow.
If you are taking the liquid form of this medicine, you need to measure the dose carefully using a special measuring spoon. Do not use a household spoon as it might give the wrong measurements.
The dosage is based on your age, response, and condition to treat. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more rather than it is directed. Do not take more of Loratadine than mentioned for your age.
What Is The Dosage Information According To Age?
The usual dose for adults and kids of 6 years and older is 10 milligrams(mg), once a day. The typical dose for children between the ages of 2 and 5 is 5mg, once a day.
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