Loratadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine that relieves hay fever and allergy symptoms. It usually takes 60 minutes to work and can relieve symptoms for up to 24 hours.
What is Loratadine and what is it used for?
Loratadine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can cause symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and a runny nose. Loratadine is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, hay fever, itching, and other cold like or allergy symptoms.
Who can use Loratadine?
Adults and children over 12 years of age can take Loratadine. For children between the age of 2 and 12 (providing they weigh over 30kg) , it is advised to take a liquid preparation of this medicine.
When should I take Loratadine?
One tablet daily.
How do I use Loratadine?
The tablet should be swallowed with water with or without food.
Side effects and precautions
Although loratadine is classed as a non-drowsy antihistamine some people claim it causes sleepiness. This occurs in more than 1 out of every 100 people. If you experience symptoms of drowsiness do not drive or operate any heavy machinery. Other side effects which have been reported are appetite increase, headaches, insomnia and nervousness in children .
Most manufacturers of antihistamines advise avoiding their use during pregnancy