Loratadine for Allergies
An antihistamine that is available without a prescription, loratadine (Claritin®) is a drug approved to treat the following allergy symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Itchy nose or throat.
You can also take loratadine to treat hives, which may or may not be caused by allergies. The medicine works by blocking the action of histamine receptors in the body, which prevents the immune system reactions that cause allergy symptoms.
(Click What Is Loratadine Used For? to read more about treating allergies with this product. This article also discusses whether children can use this product and lists some other things you can do to keep your allergies under control.)