What do loratadine tablets do?
LORATADINE (Claritin(R), Claritin(R) Reditab) is an antihistamine. It relieves the symptoms of hay fever (sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes), and may help treat hives and associated itching of the skin.
What should my health care professional know before I take loratadine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• liver disease
• an unusual or allergic reaction to loratadine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take loratadine tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. You may take this medicine with food. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
If you are taking the Claritin(R) Reditab: Place the Claritin(R) Reditab on your tongue, allow to dissolve completely and then swallow. You can take the Reditab with or without water.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine may be used in children as young as 6 years old; younger children can receive the syrup form of this medicine.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double doses.
What other medicines can interact with loratadine?
The following medicines can make you feel drowsy:
• barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures (convulsions)
• medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, such as diazepam or temazepam
• medicines for hay fever and other allergies
• medicines for mental depression
• medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
• medicines for pain
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking loratadine?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• unusual restlessness or nervousness in children
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• dry mouth