This medication is usually used to treat allergic reactions. It also may be used to prevent symptoms of asthma and can help decrease the number of asthma attacks by decreasing inflammation in the lungs. This medication works by blocking the release of a certain chemical substance in your body, which can cause spasms of muscle in the airways, inflammation (swelling), and other allergy and asthma symptoms. The active ingredient of this medicine is Loratadine. It also contains other inactive ingredients such as maize starch, mannitol, gelatin, magnesium stearate, and others. Loratin 10 mg 1 mg belongs to the group of medications called antihistamines. Additionally, healthcare providers may also prescribe this medicine to treat hay fever symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, and itching of the eyes or nose.
The manufacturer of Loratin 10 mg is Cipla Ltd.
Usually, the recommended dose per day (24 hours) is one tablet or as directed by your doctor. Take the tablet whole by mouth with a glass full of water and avoid drinks such as alcohol because it may increase the risk of adverse effects. While swallowing, you should not chew, crush, or break the tablet. To decrease the risk of nausea or stomach upset, you can administer the tablet with light food or milk. To get a better effect from Loratin 10 mg, you should take the tablet at the same time each day.
Do not use Loratin 10 mg more often than your doctor prescribes because your health condition will not improve faster. However, your physician may increase the dosage for several weeks if you do not notice the desired result.
In any case, you can choose the liquid form of Loratadine. In such cases, it is recommended to use a special measuring device or spoon. It is not allowed to use a household spoon because you may get the wrong dose. Tell your doctor if your health condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Physicians may prescribe different dosages for their patients. It depends on the severity of the health condition, other drugs that you may be using, your response to treatment, and age. Consult a doctor if you are not sure what dosage is better for you. In addition, you should continue taking this medication even if you feel well because if you stop the treatment suddenly without the doctor’s approval, symptoms may return.
- Loratin 10 mg
Sometimes, you may forget to take a dose. Therefore, you should administer it as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose and continue the regular treatment if it is near the time for the next dose. It is not allowed to administer an increased dose the next time to catch up because it may increase the risk of adverse effects.
Rarely, if you take more tablets than your doctor prescribes, you may experience an overdose. Stop taking this medication if you notice any of the following symptoms. For example irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting, breathing problems, and others. Discuss with your doctor for more details.
Side Effects of Loratin 10 mg
Loratadine like other medications may give you certain side effects. However, if you are on treatment with this medicine, you may not notice any of the following adverse reactions. Two factors that can cause side effects are overdose and allergy. There are three types of side effects: mild, moderate, and severe.
Mild Side Effects
One factor that can cause mild side effects is dehydration. Thus, it is recommended to increase your water intake to diminish this problem. Furthermore, most patients ignore this category of side effects. Check some examples below:
- Runny nose
Moderate Side Effects
Usually, this category of side effects is not dangerous for the patients. It means that they can continue safely the treatment. However, it is advised to inform your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects. For example:
- Sleeping problems (insomnia)
Severe Side Effects
In rare cases, you may experience this category of side effects. However, stop taking Loratin 10 mg and ask for medical help immediately if you are experiencing any of the following side effects. Your healthcare professional may help you to prevent or avoid adverse effects. Check below some examples:
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual weight gain or loss
- Sore throat
- Joint pain
- Dark urine
- Blurred vision
This document does not contain all possible adverse effects. Tell your doctor right away, if you experience any of the side effects listed above or any other effects.
Inform your healthcare professional before taking Loratin 10 mg about your medical history. For example:
- If you have an allergy to the ingredients of the drug or if you have any other allergies
- Heart disease (such as myocardial infarction, heart failure, and others)
- Kidney or liver disease
Loratadine may blur your vision or may make you sleepy or dizzy. However, limit or avoid alcoholic drinks while you are on treatment with Loratin 10 mg because these effects may increase. Moreover, you should not operate machinery or drive during treatment because it may be harmful to you.
Loratin 10 mg should be used in a pregnant woman when is clearly needed only. Otherwise, it may harm your unborn baby. In addition, you should consult a doctor before breastfeeding, because it is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk.
It is not allowed to use Loratin 10 mg in patients younger than 3 years old without the doctor’s prescription because it may be harmful to them.
Certain substances and medicines may interact with Loratin 10 mg. It means that other drugs may change how this medication works by increasing the risk of adverse effects or decreasing its effectiveness. Before using this medication it is recommended to share a list of products that you are using with your doctor. For example supplements, herbal products, prescription medicines, nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and others. Check some examples below:
- Marijuana (cannabis)
This article does not contain a complete list of drug interactions. That’s why it is important to consult a doctor before taking Loratin 10 mg. In addition, you should not stop, start, or change the dosages without the doctor’s approval because you may experience undesired results.