What is Loratadine
Do you suffer from allergies? Loratadine or Clarityn is an antihistamine medicine that relieves the symptoms of allergies. It’s used to treat hay fever, allergic conjunctivitis (red, itchy eye), eczema and hives. It’s also used for reactions to insect bites and stings and for some food allergies.
Loratadine is known as a non-drowsy antihistamine. It’s much less likely to make you feel sleepy than some other antihistamines.
It’s best not to drink alcohol while you’re taking loratadine as it can make you feel sleepy.
What are allergies?
allergies, for some people, are very common. 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from allergies at some point in their lives.
Additionally, children are particularly susceptible to allergies. Children may suffer less as they get older, although many allergies are lifelong.
Allergies can be a nuisance and affect your everyday activities.
Fred Changed the bed and began sneezing. Susan went for a walk in the park and got runny eyes and a cough. David brushed against a tree and got a red itchy rash.
All these symptoms can be a sign of allergies.
Who can take this medicine?
Who can and can’t take loratadine
This product can be taken by adults and children aged 2 years and older.
How much should I take?
This product comes as 10mg tablets and as a liquid medicine (labelled either 5mg/ml or 1mg/1ml). You can take loratadine with or without food. The usual dose in adults is 10mg once a day.
When to take it
You may only need to take this product on a day you have symptoms, such as if you’ve been exposed to a trigger like animal hair. Or you may need to take it regularly to prevent symptoms, such as hay fever during spring and summer.
This product and breastfeeding
If you’re breastfeeding and your baby was premature or has other health problems, talk to your doctor before taking loratadine.
Cautions with other medicines
Some medicines and this product interfere with each other and increase the chances of you having side effects.
Tell your doctor if you’re taking:
amiodarone, a medicine used to treat an irregular heart beat
cimetidine, an indigestion medicine
erythromycin, an antibiotic
ketoconazole, a medicine to treat fungal infections
midodrine, a medicine used to treat low blood pressure
ritonavir, a medicine used to treat HIV infection
any medicine that makes you feel sleepy, gives you a dry mouth or makes it difficult for you to pee. Taking loratadine might make these side effects worse.
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