Claratyne (Loratadine) (lor AH ta deen)
What is Claratyne (Loratadine) used for?
Claratyne (Loratadine) is a type of antihistamine that is used to treat the symptoms of hay fever and other allergies, such as itchiness, runny nose, watery eyes and nasal congestion. This drug can also be used to relieve itching caused by hives and chronic skin reactions. It works by reducing the effects of the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine is responsible for producing the symptoms of allergies.
How should I use Claratyne (Loratadine)?
Claratyne (Loratadine) tablets should be taken orally. Patients should take one tablet per day, or as directed by their physician. The exact dosage may vary, depending on the condition being treated. Patients should always consult their physician before using this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed to them. If your allergy symptoms do not improve after 3 days, or if your hives have not healed after 6 weeks, you should consult your physician immediately.
What are the side effects of Claratyne (Loratadine)?
Some side effects which have been reported by patients taking Claratyne (Loratadine) include:
Consult your physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if you notice a fast pounding heartbeat, feeling as if you may pass out, seizures or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Claratyne (Loratadine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, especially kidney or liver disease, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.