This medication is an antihistamine that
treats symptoms such as itching, runny nose, watery eyes,
and sneezing from "hay fever" and other allergies. It
is also used to relieve itching from hives.
Loratadine does not prevent hives or prevent/treat a
serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Therefore, if your doctor
has prescribed epinephrine to treat allergic reactions, always carry
your epinephrine injector with you. Do not use loratadine in place of your
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is important
to read the manufacturers package instructions carefully so you know when to
consult your doctor or pharmacist. (See also Precautions section.)
If you are using the tablets or capsules, do not use in children
younger than 6 years unless directed by the doctor. If you are using the liquid
or chewable tablets, do not use in children younger than 2 years unless
directed by the doctor.
This drug usually has no side effects. If you have any unusual
effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a
serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling
(especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you
notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking loratadine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are allergic to it; or to desloratadine; or if you have any other allergies.
This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic
reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history. Do not self-treat with this medication without
consulting your doctor first if you have certain medical conditions such
as: kidney disease, liver disease.
Loratadine does not usually cause drowsiness when used at
recommended doses. However, do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity
that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities
If you have hives and your doctor has prescribed
loratadine, or if you are considering using this drug to treat your own hives,
tell your doctor right away if you have any of these other symptoms because
they may be signs of a more serious condition: hives that are an unusual color,
hives that look bruised or blistered, hives that do not itch.
Liquid products or chewable tablets may contain sugar and/or
aspartame. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU),
or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in
your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this
drug, especially drowsiness, or confusion. These side effects can increase the
risk of falling.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when
clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking
This medication passes into breast milk. However, it
is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
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