Loratadine dosing guidelines take various factors into account, such as your age and if other medical conditions are present. For example, the recommended dose for adults and children age six and over is 10 mg a day. If you have medical conditions like liver or kidney disease, you may require a lower dose of loratadine.
The dose of loratadine (Claritin®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended dose of loratadine for most adults and children age six and over is loratadine 10 mg once daily. If you have liver or kidney disease, you should consult your healthcare provider before taking loratadine, as you may need a lower dosage.
The recommended dose of loratadine for children ages two through five is loratadine 5 mg once daily. This dose is equivalent to one loratadine chewable tablet or one teaspoonful (5 mL) of loratadine syrup. Consult your child's healthcare provider if your child has liver or kidney problems, as a lower dosage may be recommended.
Considerations for people taking loratadine include the following:
Loratadine comes in several forms, including tablets, liquid-filled capsules, orally disintegrating tablets, and syrup. It is usually taken by mouth once daily.
- You can take loratadine with or without food. If the medication seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with food.
- The orally disintegrating tablets dissolve rapidly on the tongue with no need for water. They are a good option for people who have trouble swallowing tablets.
- Try to take loratadine at the same time each day to keep an even level in your blood.
- Some people need to take loratadine 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 dosing, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.