Loratadine for Hives
Loratadine (Claritin®) is an allergy medication that is now available without a prescription. Although the drug is primarily used for treating allergy symptoms, you can also take loratadine for hives (to alleviate itching due to hives).
Loratadine is an antihistamine, which means it blocks histamine from binding to histamine receptors. Since histamine is responsible for the formation of hives and many of the symptoms of allergies, blocking it can be helpful.
The medicine comes in several forms, including tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, chewable tablets, liquid-filled capsules, and syrup. It is typically taken by mouth once or twice a day, depending on the particular product.
You should talk to your healthcare provider first before taking loratadine for hives or allergies if you have any other existing medical conditions, such as liver disease or kidney disease. You will also want to tell him or her about all other medications you are taking, to help minimize the risk of drug interactions.
(Click Loratadine for more information about this medication, including who makes it, how it works, what strengths are available, and what side effects may occur.)