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loratadine
Pronunciation: lor AH ta deen
Brand: Claritin, Claritin Reditab


What is the most important information I should know about loratadine?
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Although unlikely, loratadine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.


What is loratadine?
Loratadine is an antihistamine. Antihistamines prevent sneezing, runny nose, itching and watering of the eyes, and other allergic symptoms.
Loratadine is used to treat allergies, hives (urticaria), and other allergic inflammatory conditions.
Loratadine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.


Who should not take loratadine?
Before taking loratadine, tell your doctor if you have
      ever had an allergic reaction to an antihistamine;
      kidney disease; or
      liver disease.
You may not be able to take loratadine, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Loratadine is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Do not take loratadine without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
Loratadine passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not take loratadine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.


How should I take loratadine?
Take loratadine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Do not crush, chew, or break the regular Claritin tablets. Swallow them whole.
Place the loratadine rapidly-disintegrating-tablets (Claritin Reditabs) on your tongue and allow them to dissolve. The tablet will disintegrate rapidly. Swallow with or without water.
To ensure the correct dose, measure the syrup form of loratadine with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Loratadine is usually taken once a day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Never take more of this medication than directed. If your symptoms do not improve, talk to your doctor.
Store loratadine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Use the loratadine rapidly-disintegrating-tablets (Claritin Reditabs) within 6 months of opening the laminated foil pouch, and immediately upon opening the individual tablet blisters.


What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.


What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a loratadine overdose include headache, drowsiness, irregular heartbeat, nausea, and vomiting.


What should I avoid while taking loratadine?
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Although unlikely, loratadine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.


What are the possible side effects of loratadine?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking loratadine and call your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical attention.
      an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
      an irregular heartbeat; or
      seizures.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take loratadine and talk to your doctor if you experience
      drowsiness or dizziness;
      headache;
      nervousness;
      nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal discomfort;
      dry mouth;
      dry skin or itchiness; or
      discoloration of urine.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.


What other drugs will affect loratadine?
There are no known interactions between loratadine and other medications. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines during treatment with loratadine.


Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about loratadine written for health professionals that you may read.

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