Loratadine 10mg Allergy Tablets x 30 tablets
Loratadine is used to treat the symptoms of hay fever (allergy to pollen, dust, or other airborne particles) and other allergies. Sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes, nose, or throat are among the symptoms. Loratadine is also used to relieve hive irritation and redness. Loratadine, on the other hand, does not prevent hives or other allergic skin reactions. Loratadine belongs to the antihistamine drug class. It works by preventing histamine, a chemical in the body that produces allergy symptoms, from acting.
Loratadine can also be found in conjunction with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, others). This monograph exclusively discusses the usage of loratadine on its own. If you are taking loratadine and pseudoephedrine together, read the package label or consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medication be administered?
Loratadine is available in syrup (liquid), tablet, and rapidly disintegrating (dissolving) tablet forms for oral administration. It is typically taken once day, with or without food. Follow the instructions on the package label exactly, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any parts you don’t understand. Loratadine should be taken exactly as advised. Take it no more or less frequently than directed on the package label or as recommended by your doctor. If you take more loratadine than recommended, you may become drowsy.
If you’re using a rapidly disintegrating tablet, follow the package instructions to remove the tablet from the blister package without breaking it. Do not attempt to force the tablet through the foil. Place the tablet on your tongue and seal your mouth as soon as you remove it from the blister container. The tablet dissolves fast and can be taken with or without water.
Loratadine should not be used to treat hives that are bruised or blistered, have an unusual colour, or do not itch. If you get this form of hives, contact your doctor.
If your hives do not improve after the first three days of treatment or if they last longer than six weeks, stop taking loratadine and contact your doctor. Call your doctor if you don’t know what’s causing your hives.
If you are taking loratadine to treat hives and experience any of the following symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately: Wheezing, drooling, dizziness, or loss of consciousness; trouble eating, speaking, or breathing; swelling in and around the mouth or swelling of the tongue; These could be indications of a potentially fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. If your doctor feels that your hives are causing anaphylaxis, he may prescribe an epinephrine injector (EpiPen). Do not substitute loratadine for the epinephrine injector.
If the safety seal is broken or torn, do not take this drug.
What further precautions should I take?
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to loratadine, any other drugs, or any of the substances in loratadine preparations before taking it. The components are listed on the package label.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, or herbal products you are now taking or plan to use. Make sure to include cold and allergy meds.
Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma, kidney illness, or liver disease.
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, intend to become pregnant, or are nursing. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking loratadine.
If you have phenylketonuria (PKU, an inherited disorder that requires a particular diet to prevent brain damage that can cause severe intellectual disability), you should be aware that some kinds of orally disintegrating pills may include aspartame, which generates phenylalanine.
What dietary restrictions should I observe?
Continue to eat normally unless your doctor instructs you differently.
What should I do if I forget to take a medication?
As soon as you recall, take the missed dose. If the next dose is approaching, skip the missing dose and resume your regular dosing regimen. Do not duplicate the dose to make up for a missing one.
What are the potential negative effects of this medication?
Loratadine may have unwanted side effects. Inform your doctor if any of the following symptoms are severe or persistent:
nosebleedssore throat and mouth ulcers
difficulties falling or remaining asleep
diarrhoea itchy or red eyes
Some of the negative effects may be severe. Stop taking loratadine and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer any of the following symptoms:
Eye, face, lip, tongue, throat, hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs swelling
wheeze due to difficulties breathing or swallowing
What should I know about this medication’s storage and disposal?
Keep this medication in its original container, properly closed, and out of the reach of children. It should be stored at room temperature, away from excessive heat and moisture (not in the bathroom), and away from light. Use the orally disintegrating pills within 6 months of opening the outer foil pouch and immediately after removing them from the blister container. Write the date you opened the foil bag on the product label so you know when it’s been 6 months.
It is critical to keep all medication out of children’s sight and access because many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are readily opened by young children. To keep small children safe from poisoning, always lock the safety caps and promptly place the medication in a safe area – up and away, out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
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