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LORATADINE

Brand Name(s) : Clarityn
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

LORATADINE WARNINGS

Loratadine should be used with caution in:

It should not be used in:

  • People with an allergy to loratadine, or any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • People with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption
  • Children under 2 years

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store above 30°C. Store in the original package.

LORATADINE USES

What is it used for?

Listed below are the typical uses of loratadine.

  • Treatment of allergic rhinitis
  • Treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication orally usually one tablet once daily, with or without food. Loratadine can be taken regularly once daily or more often, depending upon your symptoms.
  • Use this medication as required to provide relief from the symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis and urticaria. Continued treatment may be needed in the seasonal allergen periods for people with persistent allergic rhinitis.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • It may take up to 2 to 3 hours after dosing before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • This medication is unlikely to cause drowsiness or dizziness. However if you are affected you should avoid driving or operating machinery. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to stop taking this medication on the advice of your doctor or pharmacist or when your allergy does not need treatment e.g. hay fever in months when you are not affected by pollen. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

LORATADINE SIDE EFFECTS

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then stop taking the medication and inform doctor or pharmacist.

The most common side effects in children, under 12 years of age are: headache, nervousness and tiredness.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: None Known

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

LORATADINE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking loratadine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antihistamines; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • An allergy to loratadine, or any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • Rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

  • Severely decreased liver function

The use of this medication should be stopped at least 48 hours before having a skin test, as loratadine could make the results unreliable.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol intake is not known to affect loratadine.

The elderly: loratadine can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

The safety of loratadine has not been established during pregnancy and is therefore not recommended. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Loratadine is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

LORATADINE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur: None known

If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting loratadine.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

  • Amiodarone (used to treat irregular heart rhythm)
  • Cimetidine (used to treat intestinal problems)
  • Clarithromycin (an antibiotic)
  • Erythromycin (an antibiotic)
  • Ketoconazole (used to treat fungal infections)

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using loratadine, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

LORATADINE OVERDOSE

Overdose symptoms may include sleepiness, increased heart rate and headache.

In the event of overdose, general symptomatic and supportive measures should be started and continued for as long as necessary.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of loratadine or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

Use as required. Do not take more than the maximum daily dose.

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