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Loratadine

Loratadine

About Loratadine

Loratadine is used to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hay fever (allergy to pollen, dust, or other substances in the air) and other allergies. These symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes, nose, or throat. Loratadine is also used to treat itching and redness caused by hives. However, loratadine does not prevent hives or other allergic skin reactions. Loratadine is in a class of medications called antihistamines. It works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.

Loratadine is also available in combination with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, others). This monograph only includes information about the use of loratadine alone. If you are taking the loratadine and pseudoephedrine combination product, read the information on the package label or ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Loratadine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • headache
  • dry mouth
  • nosebleed
  • sore throat
  • mouth sores
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

How should I take loratadine?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Cold or allergy medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

What are the possible side effects of loratadine?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using loratadine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • fast or uneven heart rate
  • severe headache
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out

Loratadine Warnings

People who are allergic to the drug's active ingredient (loratadine) or any other components in the drug should not take loratadine.

Those born with the rare condition phenylketonuria should also avoid loratadine.

If you have severe kidney disease or poor liver problems, talk to your doctor before taking loratadine

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