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  Loratadine
Drug uses
Loratadine is an antihistamine used to relieve the symptoms of respiratory allergies (running nose, teary, itchy eyes, throat, sneezing) to different substances in the air. It may also treat hives but it can not prevent any skin reaction. Loratadine blocks the substance that causes allergic reaction called histamine. Normally it does not cause drowsiness as it’s not so fast to enter CNS.
How taken
Loratadine comes as tablets, disintegrating tablets and syrup usually taken once a day.
Peel off the foil to take a disintegrating tablet and quickly put it on your tongue. It will immediately dissolve in your mouth and can be swallowed with saliva.
The average dose of Loratadine is 1 tablet/2 tsp. a day, but not more often than every 24 hrs. For younger children 2-5 years of age it’s 1 tsp. a day.
Tablets are to be swallowed as whole, they shouldn’t be either crushed or chewed.
Precautions
1 The doctor should know about any allergies you have.
2 If your hives aren’t any better within 3 days of treatment and last longer than 6 weeks.
3 Inform the doctor about any medications you are taking at the moment. Be sure you’ve mentioned monoamine oxidase inhibitors, anticholinergics, digitalis glycosides, CNS depressants, other antihistamines, rauwolfia alkaloids, medicines for cold.
4 The doctor should know if you are planning to have a baby or you are already pregnant. Breastfeeding is not recommended when using the medicine.
5 Avoid drinking alcohol beverages while using the medicine.
6 The medicine may cause giddiness. Make sure you know how your body reacts to it before you perform any life-threatening tasks.
7 Make sure the doctor knows about any specific medical conditions you have such as:
Enlarged prostate
Phenyketonuria
Liver/kidney/urination/thyroid problems
Asthma
High blood pressure
Glaucoma
8 Before any kind of skin tests makes sure the specialists know about the medicine you are taking.
Side effects
You need prompt emergency help if you experience any of the following: giddiness, fainting, troubled speaking, swallowing, breathing, rash, drooling, swollen limbs, face, eyes, throat, tongue.
More common side effects are irritation, sleepiness, diarrhea, weakness, fatigue, nasal bleeding, pain in the stomach, headache, dryness in the mouth.
Missed dose
Never catch up for a missed dose in case you forgot to take it. Take it as soon as you remember, but if it’s time for the next one, skip it then.
Overdose
Giddiness, fast heartbeat, sleepiness, abnormal body movements, headache are the signs of overdose. Call the emergency immediately if any of those are observed.
Storage
  • Keep away from children
  • Store at room temperature
  • Keep away from heat, damp places, direct light
  • Dispose of an outdated medicine

Disclaimer
The information above is to serve your information purposes only. This abstract covers only some general issues on drug uses, directions, warnings, possible side effects, etc. It’s not to be looked upon as an instruction for a particular patient. For more information about the drug ask your doctor. We disclaim any responsibility for any adverse effects and negative consequences that may be the result of the use of this abstract.