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What is Claritin (Loratadine) prescribed for?
Allergies are what happen when your immune system attacks something that is usually harmless, it then creates a histamine, which causes stuffy and runny nose, your eyes and nose to run, and sometimes your mouth to itch. It may also cause you an itchy rash. Many triggers are Dust, mold, animal dander, pollen, certain foods, and things that can irritate the skin.
Loratadine, the active ingredient within Claritin, is defined as an antihistamine, and it is used to relieve allergy symptoms. Such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, itching, hives, and sneezing from hay fever. This medication works to block the substance known as histamine that your body creates during an allergic reaction.
This medication is usually used only once a day, and is taken by mouth, with or without food. Remember that the dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Do not increase your dose or take more than prescribed without consulting your doctor first.
Speak with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after three days of treatment. Of if your hives last more than six weeks.
Before taking Loratadine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to desloratadine; or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease.
Loratadine does not usually cause drowsiness when used at recommended doses. However, do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
This drug usually has no side effects. If you have any unusual effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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