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Loratadine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Loratadine

Generic Name : Loratadine
Pronunciation : lor at a deen
Latest prescription information about Loratadine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antihistamines And Decongestants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Loratadine

India : 


International : 

Agistam, Alavert, Claritin, Clear-Atadine, Dimetapp ND, Tavist Non-Sedating, Wal-itin

Why is Loratadine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antihistamine, prescribed for allergic conditions. It blocks histamine action, which reduces allergy symptoms.

When should Loratadine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in pregnant women, newborns.

What is the dosage of Loratadine?

Po- Adults: 10 mg daily as a single dose.
Children: <30kg- 5 mg once a day; > 30 kg: 10 mg once a day.

How should Loratadine be taken?

It comes as a tablet, syrup, and suspension to take by mouth with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Loratadine?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with liver or kidney disease, and epilepsy.

It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Loratadine?

   Most Common : Fatigue, giddiness, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, nausea and drowsiness.
   Metabolic : Increased tears, salivation, flushing, impotence, increased sweating and thirst.
   Body as a Whole : Swelling in the extremities, weakness, back pain, blurred vision, chest pain, earache, eye pain, fever, leg cramps, uneasiness, rigors, ringing in the ear and weight gain.
   Heart : High/low blood pressure, palpitations, fast heart rate and fainting.
   Central Nervous System : Increased muscle tone, tingling, tremor and unsteadiness.
   Gastrointestinal : Altered taste, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence, hiccups, increased appetite, loose stools and vomiting.
   Musculoskeletal : Joint/muscle pain.
   Psychiatric : Agitation, memory loss, confusion, decreased sexual drive, depression, impaired concentration, sleeplessness and irritability.
   Reproductive : Breast pain, painful menstruation and vaginal inflammation.
   Respiratory System : Asthma, coughing, difficulty in breathing, bloodstained sputum, nasal dryness, inflammation of sinus and sneezing.

What are the other precautions for Loratadine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Loratadine?

Store between 2 and 25C.
Learn more about Loratadine's interaction with Alcohol

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VarmaJampana, India

I have used Lorinol 10 mg tablets 6 days on doctor's prescription. On 7th day I had a doubt about this medicine and stopped using. I found side effects of Frequent Headache, BP Increase, Ankle pain, Back pain, Boil below right ear, disturbed sleep. Basing on this site inputs stopped using the drug. I don't know when there are very huge side effects as mentioned in the site how the drug has been approved. Thank you very much for the information.

Varma Jampana

lokesh9196, Poland

its sedative causes dizziness

suchi91, India

my doc prescribed it for what i do not really know.i just told my doc that i am having bad days with my hair,1st he prescribed follihair and then lorinol. n now its even more terrible.plz help?

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