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Loratadine Medication

Loratadine is an antihistamine that is sold under the brand name of Claritin. This medication is used to treat hay fever and allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itching and watery eyes. It works by blocking histamines which are a substance that causes allergic symptoms in the body. Given below are some of the common questions about loratadine that have been answered by different Experts.

What is the recommended dose of loratadine?

The proper dose of loratadine is 10 mg (milligrams) per day. A smaller dose may be given to an individual if they have kidney or liver problems.

Is it safe to take loratadine and Propanolol together?

It may be safe for someone to take loratadine and Propanolol together. However, one should be cautious as the Propanolol can increase the concentration of loratadine in their system and thus increase the risk of side effects such as headaches, fatigue and dry mouth.

Can loratadine and fexofenadine be taken together?

Both loratadine and fexofenadine are antihistamines. Doctors may advise against taking both these medicines together because the individual can suffer from an overdose.

Will loratadine help to clear up fluid behind the ears?

Loratadine may not be helpful in clearing up fluid behind the ears. However, it can help with the drainage of the fluid.

Would an overdose of loratadine be life threatening?

An overdose of loratadine may not be life threatening. The individual may begin to experience certain side effects such as a rapid heart rate, drowsiness and palpitations. The individual may go to the ER (emergency room) and get the medication pumped out from their stomach if there are any concerns.

Can the use of loratadine lead to an increase in blood pressure?

Loratadine can in some cases increase blood pressure. Though this is not a common side effect of the medicine, it can occur in a person who already has high blood pressure and is getting treatment for it. The pressure may come down once the medication is stopped.

Can loratadine be taken with Tylenol PM?

Both loratadine as well as Tylenol PM are antihistamines that can be taken to treat allergies. Though there are no dangerous interactions between these two drugs, most doctors may suggest taking either one of these.

Can an individual take loratadine, amitriptyline, celexa, feldene, flexeril and cephalexin together?

Loratadine, amitriptyline, celexa, feldene, flexeril and cephalexin can have different grades of drug to drug interactions. The blood levels in these medicines, signs and symptoms caused by them may have to be closely monitored by a doctor if an individual has to take these medicines together.

Can a child with ADHD and conduct disorder be given loratadine?

Loratadine, in some rare cases can cause over-stimulation and hyperactivity in an individual. If it is given to a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and conduct disorder, it can aggravate his/her behavioral symptoms. One option to prevent this would be to change the medication and give the child a different anti-histamine. Some of the options are Zyrtec, Dimetane, chlor-trimeton or Benadryl.

Can withdrawal from stopping loratadine cause hives?

Withdrawal due to stopping loratadine may not cause itchy hives in an individual. The itchy hives could be due to an allergic attack that the individual got once the loratadine was stopped. The individual may start taking another anti-histamine like Allegra or singulair to control the hives.

Would there be any danger of taking 10 milligrams of loratadine twice within a 24 hour period?

As long as the individual does not have kidney or liver problems and does not experience any symptoms including an increased heart rate or headaches, the individual may not be in any danger. The maximum concentration of the medicine in a person’s blood is reached by 1.3 hours after taking it. Therefore, if the individual does not experience any side effects for more than 2 hours of taking the drug, there should be no problem.

Loratadine can cause various side effects such as headaches, abdominal pain, fatigue, dry mouth, etc. It is important that individuals know about the correct dosage of this medicine and its side effects before taking it. Taking the medication without proper information can lead to further complications or overdose. Individuals may speak to an Expert and get any questions that they may have about loratadine and its side effects answered.
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