loratadine, Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert, Claritin Hives Relief, Children's Claritin (cont.)

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PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS:

  • Tablets: 10 mg.
  • Tablets, disintegrating: 5 and 10 mg.
  • Tablets, chewable: 5 mg.
  • Syrup: 5 mg/5 ml.

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored between 2 C and 30 C (36 F and 86 F), and syrup should be stored between 2 C and 25 C (36 and 77 F).

DOSING: The usual dose of loratadine is 10 mg daily for adults and children older than six years of age. The dose for children 2 to 6 years of age is 5 mg daily.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Erythromycin, cimetidine (Tagamet), and ketoconazole (Nizoral) increase the blood concentration of loratadine by inhibiting the elimination of loratadine. This may result in increased adverse events from loratadine.

St. John's wort, carbamazepine (Tegretol, Tegretol XR , Equetro, Carbatrol, Epitol, Teril), and rifampin reduce blood levels of loratadine.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of loratadine in pregnant women. Loratidine should be used during pregnancy only if it is clearly needed.

NURSING MOTHERS: Loratadine is secreted in breast milk at levels similar to blood levels. Nursing mothers should decide whether to stop breastfeeding or discontinue loratadine.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/24/2015


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