What are Loratadine 10mg Tablets?
Loratadine 10mg Tablets are used to alleviate allergic symptoms for conditions including hay fever, allergic conjunctivitis, hives, eczema, insect bites, sting reactions and food allergies.
Loratadine is a type of medicine known as an antihistamine. It is classed as a non-sedating antihistamine, which means it's far less likely to make you feel drowsy than other antihistamines. You should always avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you, as it can make some people feel sleepy.
Loratadine is also available as orodispersible tablets and as a liquid which may be more suitable for those who cannot swallow tablets.
How do Loratadine 10mg Tablets work?
Loratadine Tablets contain the active ingredient loratadine. This is a type of medicine known as an antihistamine. Although some histamines cause drowsiness, loratadine is a non-sedating or non-drowsy antihistamine. This means it's much less likely to make you feel drowsy or sleepy, although it can still have this effect on some people.
In the UK you will find loratadine under the brand name 'Clarityn', available to purchase over the counter or on prescription.
It is designed to provide relief from symptoms of allergic reactions, which can include eye symptoms such as watery, red and irritated eyes; nasal symptoms such as sneezing, congestion or a runny nose; and skin symptoms including a rash and itchy or red skin.
When our bodies react to allergens, they produce a substance known as histamine. This causes a chain reaction in the body which leads to allergic symptoms such as those mentioned above. Loratadine is an antihistamine which prevents histamine from acting on histamine receptors, preventing the chain reaction that causes allergic symptoms. This medicine usually begins to work within 1-3 hours after taking a dose.
Although many people only take loratadine for a short time, you can take it every day to provide relief from symptoms if necessary, for example throughout pollen season if you have hay fever. The tablets can be used to relieve symptoms once they have started or can be taken to prevent symptoms, for example if you know you are going to be exposed to an allergen.
If your symptoms persist despite taking loratadine, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
How to use Loratadine 10mg Tablets
- The normal dosage for adults and children aged 12 years and over is one 10mg tablet, once a day
- You can take Loratadine Tablets with a drink of water or juice, with or without food, on a full or empty stomach
- The dosage is different for children aged 2 to 12 years and depends on body weight
- For children aged 2 to 12 years weighing over 30kg, the normal dose is one 10mg tablet, once a day
- You can take these tablets at any time of day but it's best to try to take it at the same time every day, so you don't forget a dose
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember – do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose
- If you are taking Loratadine Orodispersible Tablets, these should be placed on the tongue and allowed to dissolve – there is no need to take them with a drink
If you take too many tablets you may experience symptoms such as a headache, drowsiness, or a rapid heartbeat. If you're concerned, seek medical advice from your doctor.
What dosages are available for Loratadine 10mg Tablets?
There is only one dosage available for Loratadine 10mg Tablets. Each tablet contains 10mg of loratadine and 78.25mg of lactose monohydrate.
These tablets come in packs of 7, 10, 14, 20, 21, 30 or 100 and are available online, on prescription or over the counter.
What are the side effects of Loratadine 10mg Tablets?
Not everyone who takes Loratadine Tablets will experience side effects, as medicine can affect people differently. Side effects which have been commonly reported include: feelings of drowsiness or sleepiness; headache; difficulty sleeping; and increased appetite.
In children aged 2 to 12 years, side effects commonly reported include nervousness, tiredness and headache.
There are some rare side effects associated with loratadine and if you experience them you should consult your doctor. These side effects include: nausea; dizziness; rapid heartbeat; dry mouth; hair loss; gastritis (stomach lining irritation); and skin rash.
Stop taking the medicine immediately if you are concerned about any side effects.
What are the precautions/interactions of Loratadine 10mg Tablets?
Although loratadine is a non-sedating antihistamine it can still cause feelings of drowsiness or sleepiness in some people. You should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how these tablets affect you.
Loratadine 10mg Tablets can interact with other medicines. Interactions have been reported with ketoconazole (for fungal infections), cimetidine (a heartburn medication) and the antibiotic erythromycin. If you are taking any of these medicines you should tell your doctor or pharmacist as they may increase the level of loratadine in the blood, potentially increasing the risk of side effects.
If you are taking amiodarone (for irregular heartbeat), midodrine (for low blood pressure) or ritonavir, an HIV medicine, you should tell your doctor before taking Loratadine 10mg Tablets.
You should also tell your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal remedies.
These tablets are suitable for use by adults and children aged 2 years and over. Loratadine 10mg Tablets are not recommended for use in children under the age of 2 as their safety and efficacy has not yet been established.
Those with severe liver impairment should seek medical advice from their doctor before taking Loratadine Tablets as a lower dose may be prescribed.
Although research does not suggest Loratadine Tablets are harmful when taken during pregnancy, pregnant women should avoid taking these tablets wherever possible. You should only take Loratadine Tablets if your doctor considers it essential.
Loratadine is excreted in breast milk, therefore you should not take Loratadine 10mg Tablets if you are breastfeeding.
If you have a known allergy to loratadine or any of this medicine's other ingredients, you should not take these tablets. This medicine also contains lactose monohydrate so is not suitable for use by anybody with glucose-galactose malabsorption, Lapp lactase deficiency or hereditary galactose intolerance.
If you think you have experienced an allergic reaction to this medicine, you should stop taking it immediately and consult your doctor for advice. For severe allergic reactions, go immediately to the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital.
How to buy Loratadine 10mg Tablets online
Loratadine 10mg Tablets can be purchased online from HealthExpress. To ensure they are suitable and effective for you to use, our doctor will review your questionnaire. Once approved, it will be sent for dispatch to your preferred address.
Getting Loratadine Tablets delivered in the UK
We have a free next-day delivery on orders processed by 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Loratadine will be delivered via Royal Mail. Whilst this is speedy, it may not be entirely convenient, which is why we offer a nominated day delivery so you can choose for yourself. There is also a UPS Access Points option.