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Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine Sulfate Dosing

For adults and children age 12 and over who are using loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate, dosing typically starts at either one 12-hour tablet twice daily or one 24-hour tablet once daily. If you are taking the 12-hour tablets and develop insomnia, try the once-daily loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate dosage. If your symptoms are not controlled with the 24-hour tablet, try switching to the twice-daily product.

An Introduction to Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine Sulfate Dosing

There is only one recommended dose of loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate (Claritin-D®), although it may be taken once or twice a day, depending on the particular product. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine Sulfate Dosing for Adults and Older Children

The recommended dose of loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate for most adults and children age 12 and over is one 12-hour tablet twice daily or one 24-hour tablet once daily. People whose symptoms are not adequately controlled by one 24-hour tablet daily may benefit from switching to the twice-daily, 12-hour product. People who experience insomnia while taking the 12-hour tablets may benefit from switching to the once-daily product (which seems less likely to cause insomnia).
 

General Information on Dosing With Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine Sulfate

Considerations for people taking loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet form. Depending on the particular product, it is taken either once a day or twice a day.
     
  • You can take loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate with or without food. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • Be sure to swallow the tablets whole. They are extended-release tablets that will release the medication too rapidly if they are broken, chewed, or crushed.
     
  • Try to take loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate at the same time(s) each day to keep an even level in your blood.
     
  • Some people need to take loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate all year long, while others take it only during allergy season.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed by the package labeling. Please read the label closely.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate dosing, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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