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Claritin

Generic Name: loratadine (lor AT a deen)
Brand Names: Alavert, Claritin, Claritin Reditab, Clear-Atadine, Dimetapp ND, ohm Allergy Relief, QlearQuil All Day & Night, Tavist ND, Wal-itin
Claritin is an antihistamine used to treat the symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose. Learn about side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Claritin (Loratadine) is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose. Claritin is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other cold or allergy symptoms. Claritin is also used to treat skin hives and itching in people with chronic skin Reactions. You should not take Claritin if you are allergic to Loratadine or to Loratadine">DesLoratadine (Clarinex). Learn more

Claritin Side Effects

Claritin Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about loratadine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Claritin.

For the Consumer

Applies to loratadine: oral fixed-combination tablets, oral orally disintegrating tablets, oral solution, oral tablets

Side effects include:

Children 2–5 years of age receiving oral solution: Diarrhea, epistaxis, pharyngitis, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, stomatitis, tooth disorder, earache, viral infection, rash.

Children 6–12 years of age receiving oral solution: Nervousness, wheezing, fatigue, hyperkinesia, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis, dysphonia, upper respiratory tract infection.

Adults and children ≥12 years of age receiving conventional or orally disintegrating tablets: Headache, somnolence, fatigue, dry mouth.

Fixed combination loratadine (the active ingredient contained in Claritin) pseudoephedrine sulfate preparations: Insomnia, dry mouth, headache, somnolence, nervousness, dizziness, fatigue.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to loratadine: oral capsule, oral syrup, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable, oral tablet disintegrating

General

The most commonly reported side effects included headache, somnolence nervousness, and fatigue.

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 12%)

Common (1% to 10%): Sedation/somnolence

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Dizziness, convulsion

Frequency not reported: Syncope, paresthesia

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Nervousness

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Insomnia

Frequency not reported: Depression, paroniria

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue

Frequency not reported: Fever, viral infection, tinnitus, malaise

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Dry mouth

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Nausea, gastritis

Frequency not reported: Dyspepsia, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal/gastric pain, altered taste, increased saliva

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased appetite

Dermatologic

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Angioedema, rash, alopecia

Frequency not reported: Pruritus, rash on face

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Increased frequency of urination, urine discoloration, menstruation delay

Cardiovascular

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Tachycardia, palpitation

Frequency not reported: Hypertension, hypotension, chest pain

Hypersensitivity

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylaxis

Hepatic

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Abnormal hepatic function

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Epistaxis, nasal dryness, pharyngitis, coughing

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Myalgia

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Claritin (www.drugs.com/claritin.html).