Health tips & advice: What you need to know before you use loratadine

Loratadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine medicine used to temporarily relieve allergies, including symptoms of hay fever (allergy to dust, pollen and other particles in the air), as well as relieve allergic skin rashes. Loratadine is available as tablets and oral syrup. There are a few key things you need to know before you use loratadine.

Loratadine side-effects

All medicines can use unwanted side-effects, although not everyone will experience the same effects or any effects at all. Loratadine can also cause some unwanted side-effects that will usually improve as your body adjusts to the medicine. Two of the most common side-effects of loratadine are tiredness and drowsiness.

If you are affected by these side-effects, do not do jobs that will not put you in danger. For example, do not operate machinery or drive if you notice you are not fully alert. Similarly, avoid alcohol as this will aggravate the situation. If any side-effects continue and become troublesome, consult your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.

When to consult your doctor

Instances where you should consult your doctor before you use lortadine include:

· When you are trying for a baby, pregnant or breast-feeding

· When you have a history of allergic reations to lortadine or any other medicine

· When you are epileptic

· When you have liver problems

· When you are under other medications, including herbal and complementary medicines.

How to take loratadine

Read the manufacturer's directions that are printed on the information leaflet before you start using loratadine. Follow your doctor’s dosage instructions to the letter. Loratadine is usually taken once a day and you may take it before or after food.

Doctor’s prescription and dosage instructions may be different if you are giving the medication to a child, depending upon the child’s weight and age. Follow the doctor’s instructions exactly to avoid any unwanted results.


Contact your doctor or pharmacist BEFORE you take loratadine. Follow the doctor’s instructions exactly and never take more than the prescribed dose. Visit your local hospital’s emergency or accident department at once if you suspect you or someone else has taken an overdose. Don’t forget to carry the loratadime container you used with you even if it is empty. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.

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