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.
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:
- 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.
- Remove the orodispersible tablet with dry hands by peeling the backing off the foil and tipping the tablet onto your dry hands.
- 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.
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.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.