Loratadine is used for relief from nasal and non-nasal symptoms of allergy. It is an antihistamine that helps reduce the effects of histamine, a naturally occurring chemical compound in the body.
Loratadine helps reduce symptoms such as itching, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, etc. due to seasonal allergies or hay fever. However, it cannot prevent hives or treat serious allergic reactions. Never use loratadine in place of epinephrine.
Loratadine is also available as a combination drug along with pseudoephedrine.
Loratadine is available in a liquid form (syrup), immediate acting tablet, release tablet as well as a rapidly dissolving tablet. You can take loratadine with or without food. Take the tablet or syrup exactly as directed by the doctor.
When using the dissolving tablet, follow the instructions given on the package. Remove the tablet without breaking it. After removing it from the blister foil, keep it immediately on your tongue and close the mouth. The tablet will dissolve immediately and you can even swallow it with or without water.
In case of a chewable tablet, you should chew it properly before swallowing it with or without water.
Take the drug exactly as directed by the physician. Never use more or less than the prescribed dose. This medicine is not recommended for toddlers under 2 years of age. Any misuse of the drug in children can lead to death.
You usually need to take Loratadine once a day. Never crush, chew, or break the tablet. Always swallow it whole.
Those who have phenylketonuria (PKU) should inform the doctor as loratadine contains phenylalanine. Never use the drug on children under 6 years of age.
Loratadine does not harm an unborn baby. However, before you use the drug make sure you inform the doctor about you begin pregnant or are planning to get pregnant. The drug can also pass through breastmilk and harm the nursing baby. Thus, do not breastfeed or inform the doctor before you take the drug, in case of nursing mothers.
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