What to take for instant allergy relief
Loratadine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
Loratadine is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other freezing or allergy symptoms.
Loratadine is also used to treat skin hives and itching in people with chronic skin reactions.
How should I take loratadine?
Use loratadine 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. Freezing or allergy medicine is generally taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.
Do not give this medicine to a kid younger than 2 years ancient.
Always enquire a doctor before giving a cough or freezing medicine to a child. Death can happen from the misuse of cough and freezing medicines in extremely young children.
Loratadine is generally taken once per day. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Do not crush, chew, or break the regular tablet.
Swallow the pill whole.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not own a dose-measuring device, enquire your pharmacist for one.
The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.
To take the orally disintegrating tablet (Claritin RediTab, Alavert):
Use dry hands to remove the tablet and put it in your mouth.
Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take it.
Open the package and peel back the foil. Do not shove a tablet through the foil or you may damage the tablet.
Do not swallow the tablet whole. Permit it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing. If desired, you may drink liquid to assist swallow the dissolved tablet.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take additional medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Assist line at
Overdose symptoms may include headache, drowsiness, and quick or pounding heartbeat.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to loratadine or to desloratadine (Clarinex).
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you own other medical conditions, especially:
kidney disease; or
Loratadine is not expected to harm an unborn baby.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Loratadine can pass into breast milk, but is considered compatible with breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Some forms of loratadine may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before taking loratadine if you own phenylketonuria (PKU).
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to loratadine or to desloratadine (Clarinex).
Follow every directions on your medicine label and package.
Tell each of your healthcare providers about every your medical conditions, allergies, and every medicines you use.
Some chewable dosage forms of loratadine may contain phenylalanine.
Talk to your doctor before using these forms of loratadine if you own phenylketonuria (PKU).
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you own liver or kidney disease.
Generic Name: loratadine (lor AT a deen)
Brand Names:Alavert, Claritin, Claritin Reditab, Clear-Atadine, Dimetapp ND, ohm Allergy Relief, QlearQuil Every Day & Night, Tavist ND, Wal-itin
Medically reviewed by Sophia Entringer, PharmD Final updated on Jan 3,