As the season changes there are millions of people who suffer from allergic reactions in their body. This mostly occurs due to atmospheric pollen concentration, dust or other particulate matter in the surrounding air. The common allergic symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, coughing, hay fever, itching, redness on the skin etc. Claritin
is the brand under which generic loratadine
is sold by the pharmaceutical companies. Loratadine belongs to the class of antihistamines that acts to control the action of chemical histamine produced inside the human body in order to fight of the allergic reactions caused by antigens.
Claritin comes in various forms such as syrup, drops, immediate and extended release medicine. For immediate relief a fast acting mouth dissolving tablet is also available nowadays. Dosage for every form depends upon the condition, patient’s age and several other factors that a medical adviser can explain when they prescribe this drug to treat the allergic symptoms or reaction in the body. Loratadine must not be taken more or less than prescribed by the physician. If you have any doubts about the dosage or interaction it would have with other medicines discuss it with the pharmacist beforehand. A common effect if the dosage of Claritin is administered in excess is feeling of drowsiness.
For immediate relief a mouth dissolving tablet can be taken that will rapidly enter the system and will provide symptomatic relief sooner as compared to medicine that will be swallowed. Carefully remove the tablet from package, without pushing or breaking it. The moment it is removed immediately place it on your tongue and let it dissolve completely on its own. After a minute or so you can swallow the left over granules with some water. In general all of the symptoms of hives can be treated with Claritin but if the hives developed have open wounds, blisters then consult your doctor before taking loratadine. If you are unsure about the cause of hives it is wise to consult a doctor than self-medicate. If you are sure that Claritin will cure your symptoms of allergy and hive, stop its use if there is no improvement in your condition after 3 to 4 days of dosage. If you develop any of the mentioned symptoms when on Loratadine course, seek medical help immediately as it might be a sign of anaphylactic shock. Difficulty in breathing, speaking or swallowing; unconsciousness, seizures, dizziness, pain in chest, drooling all indicate that there has been an anaphylaxis reaction triggered inside your body which need instant treatment as it may be hazardous if not treated immediately.
Precautions to be followed while on Claritin are as follows:
If you are allergic to the active ingredient loratadine or any inactive substances then tell your pharmacist. If you are on any other medications for hypertension, diabetes
, discuss it with your physician. OTC supplements such as vitamins, herbal products, or even a common cold drugs must be mentioned while you visit your doctor. If you are nursing, pregnant or plan to become pregnant let your doctor know in time.