Loratadine To relieve allergic symptoms due to hayfever and other airborne allergies, such as house dust mite and pet allergies.
Features and Benefits
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Loratadine 10mg Tablets
Loratadine belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines which help to relive the symptoms of some allergies. Your medicine is to relieve some symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and burning , itchy eye due to hayfever and other allergies such pets and stings. Loratadine tablets can also be taken to relive symptoms due to urticaria(hives) such as rash, itching and redness.
It is important that you read and fully understand the Patient Information Leaflet before purchasing this item.
This medicine can be taken by adults and children aged 6 years and over. However, some
people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor
first. Please view the section on Ingredients and Precautions.
Check the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not take that tablet.
If your doctor has prescribed this medicine, always take Loratadine exactly as your doctor has
told you. Otherwise follow the instructions below. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure. The tablets should be swallowed, preferably with a drink of water.
The usual dose is:
Adults and Children over 12 years of age
One 10 mg tablet once daily.
Children aged 2 – 12 years of age are dosed by weight:
Body weight more than 30 kg: 10 mg once daily (one tablet once daily).
Loratadine tablets are not suitable for children with a body weight of less than 30 kg. For children
aged 2 years and over but weighing 30 kg or less, a syrup form of this medicine may be more
Children under 2 years of age
Loratadine is not recommended for children
under 2 years of age.
Loratadine 10mg, is the active ingredient. As well as the active ingredient, the tablets also contain Lactose, Maize starch, Pregelatinised starch 1500 and Magnesium stearate.
Before taking Loratadine – what you need to know….
Do NOT take Loratadine
If you are allergic to loratadine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed above).
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking this medicine if you:
Other precautions you should take
This product may prevent a response to allergens in skin allergy testing; therefore you should stop
taking this medicine at least 2 days before any such testing.
Other medicines and Loratadine
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Loratadine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines:
Loratadine contains Lactose
Patients who are intolerant to lactose should note that Loratadine tablets contain a small amount of
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.
If you take more Loratadine than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of the tablets all together, or if you think a child has
swallowed any of the tablets, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or your doctor
immediately. Overdose may cause sleepiness, fast heart rate and headache. Please take this
leaflet, any remaining tablets and the container with you to the hospital or doctor so that they
know which tablets were consumed.
If you forget to take Loratadine
If you forget to take a dose, take one as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time to take the
next one. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Loratadine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If the following happens, stop taking Loratadine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the
casualty department at your nearest hospital:
This is a very serious but very rare side effect. You may need urgent medical attention or
hospitalisation. The following side effects have been reported at the approximate frequencies shown:
Children aged 2 to 12 years:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Adults and children over 12 years:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed here You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side-effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this product.
If you need more advice consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
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