Loratadine

Loratadine is another syrup-based medication for the symptoms of hay fever and various allergies. It provides temporary relief from itchy eyes, nose and throat, or severe bouts of sneezing. Take it either in the tablet or liquid form once a day.
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Loratadine

Loratadine is another syrup-based medication for the symptoms of hay fever and various allergies. It provides temporary relief from itchy eyes, nose and throat, or severe bouts of sneezing. Take it either in the tablet or liquid form once a day.


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Loratadine tablets are an effective remedy against allergic symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, rash, itchiness of the skin, hives, and itching in the eyes or nose. One of the principal chemicals released in the human body as a reaction to allergens is histamine. Histamine causes inflammation of the nasal passages and the onset of allergic symptoms mentioned above.

Loratadine is an antihistamine medication that offers relief against allergic symptoms caused by pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. This medicine falls under the category of non-drowsy antihistamines, which means that Loratadine is less likely to make you feel sleepy or drowsy compared to other antihistamine medicines.

People with a hypersensitive immune system are affected by a condition known as allergic rhinitis. When allergens like pollen, dust mites, or pet dander enter the nose, the hypersensitive immune system reacts in the same way as it would to a flu virus. This condition leads to congestion, sneezing, or runny nose. The body also produces the histamine chemical at this time. Histamine can cause inflammation in your nasal passages and make you feel more awake or alert.

Loratadine is an antihistamine medicine that restricts histamine production in the body, offering relief from allergic symptoms. Loratadine uses include treatment of hay fever and allergic rhinitis.

If a person is suffering from hay fever or allergic rhinitis, their body is likely to produce high quantities of the histamine chemical. This naturally occurring chemical is responsible for inflammation in the respiratory canal and allergic reactions.

Loratadine is an antihistamine medicine that restricts histamine production in the body, offering relief from allergic symptoms such as fever, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing.

Loratadine allergy tablets are an effective medication to relieve allergies, such as hay fever and chronic rhinitis. There are various benefits of taking Loratadine. Some of them are listed below:

  • Loratadine offers relief from the allergic symptoms
  • This medication works effectively to treat various allergic reactions.
  • Loratadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine medication. It cures your allergy symptoms without making you sleepy. You can conveniently take this medicine if your symptoms are triggered at work or at any other time of the day.

Loratadine is a prescription medicine and should be taken as per your doctor’s advice. Depending upon why you have been prescribed Loratadine, your doctor will recommend the proper dosage you require. Usually, the recommended dose of Loratadine is:

i. Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever

  • Loratadine for Adults: One 10mg Loratadine Tablet per day
  • Loratadine for Children (2 to 5 years): One 5mg dose of Loratadine Syrup once a day.
  • Loratadine for Children (6 years or older): One 10mg dose of Loratadine tablets/capsules / disintegrating tablets per day.

ii. Urticaria

  • Loratadine for Adults: One 10mg Loratadine Tablet per day
  • Loratadine for Children (2 to 5 years): One 5mg dose of Loratadine Syrup once a day.
  • Loratadine for Children (6 years or older): One 10mg dose of Loratadine tablets/capsules / disintegrating tablets per day.

Loratadine is a prescription medicine; please follow the directions given by your doctor to take medicine. It is also good to read the patient information leaflet provided in the pack before taking the medication. Here are some tips for taking Loratadine the right way:

  • You can take Loratadine with or without food.
  • Loratadine tablets are available in two forms: ordinary Loratadine tablets and the disintegrating or melt-in-mouth Loratadine tablets. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to understand which kind of medication will suit you the most.
  • If you have been given ordinary Loratadine tablets, take medicine with a drink of water or fruit juice and swallow it whole. If you find it difficult to swallow, you can break it into half and swallow both halves one by one. Do not chew the tablet.
  • If you have been given the melt-in-mouth disintegrating Loratadine tablets, you can take the pills without a drink. Do not chew the tablet but wait for it to dissolve on your tongue. Be careful not to crush these tablets when taking them out of the pack.
  • If giving Loratadine to children between 2 to 12 years of age, follow the below weight-related guidelines –
    i. For children weighing more than 30 kg – give Loratadine melt-in-mouth tablets
    ii. For children weighing less than 30 kg – give Loratadine liquid medication

Your doctor may recommend Loratadine as a preventive medication to be taken all through pollen seasons, such as spring and summer. Or you may be prescribed to take Loratadine only when you experience symptoms such as upon exposure to triggers like animal hair or dust.

Discuss the good-to-know information about any prescription medication with your doctor or pharmacist before taking medicine. As a patient, it helps you have authentic and detailed information about the medicine that has been prescribed to you. Here are some essential facts that all patients must know before taking Loratadine:

  1. Loratadine can safely be given to all patients above the age of two years. But it is best to consult your doctor before administering any medicine.
  2. People experiencing liver problems or epilepsy should only take Loratadine when recommended by a doctor.
  3. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, it is advisable to use locally acting medicines such as nasal sprays for allergies. Consult your doctor before taking Loratadine if needed.
  4. If you are breastfeeding, it is not advisable to take Loratadine as small amounts of the medication may pass into the breast milk.
  5. Loratadine is a non-sedating or non-drowsy antihistamine medication that should not make you feel sleepy. However, some people may still feel drowsy or sleepy upon taking Loratadine. Ensure the effect the medicine has on you before engaging in driving, cycling, or operating heavy machinery shortly after taking Loratadine.
  6. It is not advisable to drink alcohol with Loratadine. If the medication makes you drowsy, alcohol can increase this effect.
  7. If you are due to get a test for allergies, stop taking Loratadine at least three days before the tests. Antihistamine medications can interfere with the results of such tests and result in an incorrect diagnosis.

Alongside their beneficial effects, in rare cases – medicines may cause unwanted side effects also. However, side effects are uncommon, and just because a side effect is listed here, not every person taking the medication experiences it. Here is a list of the most common side effects associated with Loratadine:

  • In children below the age of 12 years – headache, nervousness, tiredness.
  • In both adults and children – sleepiness, drowsiness, increased appetite, restlessness

Some rare side effects seen in 1 in 10000 people are:

  • Nausea / Dizziness
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Upset stomach
  • Convulsion
  • Dry mouth
  • Liver problems
  • Hair loss
  • Tiredness
  • Weight gain

If you experience one or more of the above-listed side effects, stop the medication immediately and consult your doctor.

Loratadine is an effective antihistamine useful for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and Urticaria. However, in some cases, Loratadine may not be a suitable medication. Here is a look at some situations wherein Loratadine is not advisable:

  1. For children under the age of two years.
  2. For children between the ages of two to twelve years, weighing less than 30kg.
  3. For women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
  4. For women who are breastfeeding
  5. For people with mild to severe liver problems
  6. For people who are allergic to Loratadine or any ingredients of the medication.

Some medicines may interfere with Loratadine and increase the chances of side effects. Inform your doctor about any medicines you are taking or any ongoing treatments before taking Loratadine. The following medications should not be taken with Loratadine:

  • Ketoconazole – a medicine used to treat fungal infections
  • Amiodarone – a medicine used to treat irregular heartbeat
  • Erythromycin – antibiotic medicine
  • Midodrine – a medicine used to treat low blood pressure
  • Cimetidine – a medicine for indigestion
  • Ritonavir – a drug for the treatment of HIV
  • Any medication that makes you feel drowsy makes your mouth dry, or makes it difficult for you to urinate, should not be taken with Loratadine.
  • Some herbal remedies may also interact with Loratadine to cause side effects.

Store Loratadine in a cool, dry place away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep all the medicines out of sight and reach of children. The liquid form of Loratadine medicine should not be used after three months of opening the bottle. Discard the expired medication if kept longer than this.

You can buy Loratadine safely in the UK from MedsNow online pharmacy. Check our website for the Loratadine price and other details. Place the order for the medication from the convenience of your home. Loratadine UK is a prescription-only medicine. Take an online consultation with our doctors or pharmacists before buying the drug. The medication is delivered to your doorstep.

How long can I take Loratadine for?
Taking Loratadine for a long time is not harmful in any way. However, it is best to take Loratadine only as long as needed and not in perpetuity.

Do Loratadine Allergy tablets Make You Drowsy?
Loratadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine that does not make you sleepy or drowsy. However, in some rare cases, people feel drowsy or sleepy as a side effect of taking Loratadine.

How Long Does Loratadine Take to Work?
In an hour after the first dose of Loratadine, your symptoms of allergic rhinitis should begin to recede, and you will start to feel better.

Can You Take Loratadine tablets When you are Pregnant?
It is safe to take Loratadine when you are pregnant, but make sure to consult your doctor before taking any medication during pregnancy.

Can I Drink Alcohol with it?
When taking Loratadine, avoid alcohol. If you experience drowsiness or sleepiness as a side effect of taking Loratadine, alcohol is likely to aggravate this side effect.

Is There Any Food or Drink I Need to Avoid?
No. You can eat or drink normally when taking Loratadine. Just be mindful to avoid alcohol.

Can I Drive or Ride a Bike with it?
Loratadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine, and it should not affect your ability to drive or ride a bike. However, in rare cases, people may feel drowsy or sleepy as a side effect of taking Loratadine. Therefore, it is advisable to assess the impact of Loratadine on yourself when taking the medication for the first time and engage in activities such as driving or riding only when you are sure about the effects.

What’s the Difference Between Loratadine and Other Antihistamines?
Loratadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine that does not make you sleepy or drowsy. Other antihistamines may have a sedative effect that makes you feel drowsy or sleepy. Usually, people prefer to take non-drowsy antihistamines to avoid feeling sleepy during their working hours or day-to-day routine.

What’s the Difference Between Loratadine and Other Non-Drowsy Antihistamines?
There is no difference between Loratadine and other non-drowsy antihistamines such as Cetirizine, DesLoratadine, and Fexofenadine. The side effect of drowsiness has been least observed with Loratadine as compared to other non-drowsy antihistamines.

Can I Take it With Painkillers?
Yes. Loratadine is safe to take with paracetamols and painkillers.

Can I Take Loratadine with Other Hay Fever Treatments?
You can safely use steroid nasal sprays and other external hay fever treatments with Loratadine. Do not take two antihistamines together unless recommended by a doctor.

Can I Take Loratadine at Higher Doses than on the Packet?
If you find that the recommended dose of Loratadine is not effective for your allergies, then consult your doctor to find the correct dosage or medication for you. It is not recommended that you should increase your dose without talking to a medical practitioner.

Will it affect my fertility?
There is no medical evidence to show that Loratadine affects fertility in men or women. However, if a woman is trying to get pregnant, she should talk to her doctor before taking Loratadine.

Will it affect my contraception?
Loratadine does not affect contraception, including the pill and the emergency pill.

 

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