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Loratadine - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Other Known Brands
  • Ridamin    
  • Tirlor    
  • Ezede    
  • Apo-Lorata    
  • Rotifar    
  • Roletra MD    
  • Roletra    

Why do I need this medicine?

Loratadine helps relieve symptoms of allergies, such as runny nose, itch, watery eyes and sneezing. It also helps relieve allergic skin conditions such as itching and redness due to hives.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Loratadine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by the doctor.

This medicine can be taken with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Loratadine is available as a tablet, capsule, orodispersible tablet, syrup, or an oral solution.

If you are taking the orodispersible tablet:
  1. Remove it from the foil only just before you take it. Do not leave the orodispersible tablet exposed to air. Do not push the orodispersible tablet through the foil as it is fragile and easily broken.
  2. Remove the orodispersible tablet with dry hands by peeling the backing off the foil and tipping the tablet onto your dry hands.
  3. Place the orodispersible tablet directly on your tongue as soon as it is taken out of the foil. The orodispersible tablet will immediately start to melt on the tongue. You can swallow the tablet with or without water.
Do not cut, break or crush the orodispersible tablets.

If you are taking an oral solution or syrup, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose.

You may stop taking Loratadine once you feel better or if there are no more allergies, unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • diabetes
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Loratadine to a child or elderly person. Children and elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects.

What side effects could I experience?

Loratadine may cause drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: headache, tiredness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth, stomach discomfort, and increased appetite.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole, fluconazole
  • antibiotics e.g. erythromycin, clarithromycin
  • medicine for stomach acid e.g. cimetidine
  • medicine for depression e.g. fluoxetine
  • medicine for heart disease e.g. quinidine
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Loratadine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

The orodispersible tablet must be kept in its original foil wrapper and original container to protect from moisture and light.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Loratadine - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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