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Loratadine

Most Commonly Used
Loratadine 10mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: GG 296 
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Child Loratadine 5mg/5ml Soln
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Child Loratadine 5mg/5ml Soln
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Child Loratadine 5mg/5ml Syrup
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Child Loratadine 5mg/5ml Syrup
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Common Side Effects of Loratadine
Loratadine can cause side effects. Many of the side effects of loratadine are listed on the product labels. Although you may be taking loratadine over the counter, it is always important to tell your doctor about all the medicines you take.

Side effects can happen when taking loratadine. If any side effect of loratadine becomes severe, is worrying you, or will not go away, contact your doctor. Some side effects of loratadine include:
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth or hoarseness
  • Headache
  • Reddening of the whites of your eyes
  • Nosebleed
  • Mouth sores
  • Restlessness or feeling the need for movement
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nervousness
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Flulike symptoms or diarrhea
Some side effects of loratadine can be serious. It is important to know what these are. Seek emergency help right away if you have any of the following:
  • Severe rash or hives (If you're taking loratadine to treat hives, tell your doctor if new hives appear, if they are worse, or they do not get better within a few days.)
  • Swelling or tingling in the face, mouth, throat, hands, feet, arms, or lower legs
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Extreme weakness
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Unusual or uncontrolled body movements
  • Hoarseness and coughing
Loratadine isn't for everyone. Before taking loratadine, make sure you can do so safely. Tell your doctor about any health conditions you have had. He or she may ask specifically about:
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Asthma
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Give your doctor a list of all the medicines you take. Some may react with loratadine. Include over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and other supplements. Let your doctor know if you have ever had a reaction to any medicine. Do not take loratadine if you have had a bad reaction to it in the past.

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should talk with their doctors before taking loratadine. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking loratadine.

If you miss a dose of loratadine, take it as soon as you realize it, unless it's close to the time for your next dose of loratadine. Don't double a dose of loratadine to make up for it.