Do not take Loratadine:
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substance or to any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Loratadine
- if you have liver disease;
- if you are about to have a skin allergy test.
The product should be discontinued at least 48 hours before the skin test, as antihistamines such as loratadine may otherwise affect or mask the positive reaction of the skin test.
Other medicines and Loratadine
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Concomitant use of loratadine with erythromycin (antibiotic), cimetidine and ketoconazole (antifungal agents) has increased blood levels of loratadine, but this does not lead to clinical changes (including electrocardiogram).
Loratadine with food, drink and alcohol
Taking the tablets does not depend on food intake. The effects of alcohol are not enhanced by taking Loratadine.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
The use of Loratadine during pregnancy is not recommended.
It is not recommended to take Loratadine during breast-feeding, as loratadine passes into breast milk.
Driving and using machines
Although rare, drowsiness may occur, which may adversely affect your ability to drive and use machines. It is therefore advisable to wait and assess your individual reaction before driving or operating machinery.
Loratadine contains lactose:
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
- Headaches, nervousness and fatigue are most common in children between the ages of 2 and 12.
- Drowsiness, headache, increased appetite, insomnia are most common in adults and adolescents.
Adverse reactions are classified according to frequency as follows:
- Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
- hypersensitivity reaction – angioedema (a severe allergic reaction that causes swelling of the face or throat) and anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction that causes difficulty breathing or dizziness), dizziness, convulsions
- palpitations, rapid heartbeat
- nausea, dry mouth, stomach inflammation
- impaired liver function
- rash, hair loss, fatigue
- Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data)
How to store Loratadine
Store in a dry and protected from light place, at a temperature below 25 ° С. Keep out of reach of children.
Do not use after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.