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Loratadine is an antihistamine prescribed for sufferers of common allergies, such as hay fever.

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How to take - Side Effects - Dosage - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

The symptoms of an allergy, such as a runny nose, sneezing and watering eyes, are caused because the body is tricked into thinking it’s under attack. To fight off the ‘infection’ - it releases a chemical called histamine. Loratadine is intended to block this response.

If your allergies are causing you problems, either at work or during your leisure time, our doctors can discuss your symptoms and decide whether loratadine would be an effective treatment for you.

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How To Take Loratadine

You should take loratadine as instructed by a doctor. The drug comes in many forms, all of which are taken orally.

If you’re given tablets, your doctor will tell you whether they should be swallowed whole, chewed or dissolved in your mouth. Alternatively, you can be given a liquid that you’ll need to measure out. Failure to take your loratadine correctly could decrease its effectiveness.

What Does Loratadine Treat?

Like all antihistamines, loratadine is prescribed to treat allergies. As well as hay fever, it can also be useful in dealing with skin problems

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What Are The Side Effects of Loratadine?

Some of the common side effects associated with loratadine include:

  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Hyperactivity

Loratadine can also cause drowsiness, although this is comparatively rare.

If you experience an allergic reaction to loratadine, you should seek emergency medical assistance immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction are:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swollen face or throat
  • Dizzy spells
  • Hives
  • Irregular heart rate
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Loratadine Dosage

In most cases, you will only need to take loratadine once a day. However, this will depend on the severity of your allergies and is entirely at your doctor’s discretion.

Whatever they recommend, ensure you stick to this dosage and continue taking your full course of loratadine.

Don’t stop taking your medication just because you feel better, or if you think it’s not working. Your doctor will have prescribed your dosage to ensure your illness is fully dealt with, while some drugs can take a few days to take effect.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you realise, unless it’s nearly time for your next dose. It’s important not to take a double dose or play ‘catch up’ in these situations - your medicine will not work any better and the risk of side effects is increased.

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Things To Avoid

Loratadine might not be safe for people with certain medical conditions. Tell your doctor if you suffer from asthma, liver disease or kidney problems, as this may mean an alternative drug will need to be found.

Loratadine is not suitable for children under two, and you should never give this drug to children without consulting a doctor first.

Alcohol and Loratadine

If you’re experiencing drowsiness as a side effect of taking loratadine, it’s best to avoid alcohol. Aside from this, it’s unlikely that drinking in moderation will influence the effectiveness of your medication.

That said, it’s never really a good idea to drink alcohol if you’re unwell. You might wish to consider waiting until you feel better before drinking again.

Is It Safe To Take Loratadine During Pregnancy?

Loratadine is not expected to harm an unborn baby. However, as a precaution, pregnant women will only be given this drug if the potential positives outweigh the possible negatives. This is something you should discuss with your doctor before you’re prescribed anything.

Studies have shown that loratadine might pose a risk to babies who are breastfeeding, as it can be found in relatively high concentrations in breast milk. If you’re currently nursing an infant, it’s likely that you’ll need to decide between temporarily switching to bottle feeding, or choosing a different drug to treat your allergies.

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If you need medication to deal with your allergies, our doctors can help you get this quickly and easily. Simply discuss your issues with one of our GPs, who will decide whether loratadine is the best option for you.

They can then write you a prescription that can be sent directly to your nearest pharmacy, meaning you’ll get your medication at a time and place that’s convenient for you.

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