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Loratadine is an anti-allergy medication popular for its non-sedating properties. Marketed under brand names such as Claritin and Alavert, Loratadine is prescribed for the relief of symptoms related to allergic reactions like that of allergic rhinitis and hives. It can also be effective for other cases of skin allergies.

Loratadine can be taken in many different ways. People can take it as a tablet, a suspension or a syrup. The tablet is of the rapidly dissolving kind so that it is easily absorbed by the body. If you opt to take Loratadine in this tablet form, you must be careful so as to make sure that you handle the tablet carefully. Make sure it doesn’t break when you take it out of its packaging. Once taken safely out of its wrapper, quickly place it on your tounge. The tablet will then dissolve immediately.

Usually, Loratadine is taken once a day. You can take it with or without food.

However, before you start taking Loratadine, there are a few things you need to consider. First of all, examine the kind of allergic reaction you are having. If you have hives and you notice that they have a blistered, bruised or discolored appearance, do not take Loratadine. At the same time if the hives do not seem to itch, do not take Loratadine. When these conditions are present, it would be best to consult with your doctor first.

If your hives do not have any of the characteristics said above, then you may take Loratadine. Of course, this must be done with your doctor’s consent. Observe your condition carefully. If no significant improvement occurs even after three days of taking Loratadine, stop taking the medication. At the same time, if the hives persist for more than six weeks, stop taking Loaratadine. When these situations occur, you have to cal your doctor immediately and determine what changes in dosage or medication you need to make.

Also, if you have any previous or existing medical condition, inform your doctor so as to avoid any negative drug interactions. In patients with Hepatitis and/or renal problems, dosage of Loratadine may have to be reduced. Moreover, patients with Epilepsy need to take Loratadine with more caution. As for children and the elderly, they may be more prone to some of Loratadine’s effects. On the other hand, Loaratadine is generally safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. However, it would still be best to contact your doctor and discuss Loratadine in connection with your baby’s health.

Some common side effects of Loratadine include drowsiness, headache, dry mouth and sore throat. Other less common side effects are red eyes, nosebleed, sleep disturbance and confusion. Other patients may also feel week and nervous.

Although some side effects are minor and temporary, some may be serious. Once these symptoms are observed, the doctor must be informed immediately. These symptoms include wheezing, difficulty in breathing and swallowing. The person may also begin wheezing. At the same time, appearance of swelling in the face and extremities are a warning sign. Also, if the person continues breaking out in hives, the medication must be stopped. A doctor must then re-examine the person’s condition.

Loratadine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of loratadine

• Molecular formula of loratadine is C22H23ClN2O2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 4-(8-chloro-5,6-dihydro-11H-benzo[5,6]cyclohepta[1,2-b] pyridin-11-ylidene)-1-piperidinecarboxylic acid ethyl ester
• Molecular weight is 382.883 g/mol
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