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Precautions and Warnings With Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine Sulfate

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine Sulfate

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate include the following:
 
  • The pseudoephedrine component of the drug may worsen many medical conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, an overactive thyroid, or an enlarged prostate. If you have any of these conditions, check with your healthcare provider before taking loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate. Regular Claritin (which does not contain pseudoephedrine) may be a better choice for you.
     
  • Loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate tablets are fairly large. There have been a few reports of people who experienced throat damage due to a tablet getting stuck in the throat. These cases were due to a previously marketed formulation of the drug, however, and it is not known whether the current formulation may also cause this problem. If you have trouble swallowing tablets, or if you have an esophageal stricture or narrowing, check with your healthcare provider before taking loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate.
     
  • If you have liver or kidney disease, your body may not handle loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate as well as it should. Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug, as you may need a lower dosage.
     
  • Loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Loratadine and Pseudoephedrine Sulfate).
     
  • Loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Claritin-D and Pregnancy).
     
  • Loratadine and pseudoephedrine sulfate passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Claritin-D and Breastfeeding).
     
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