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Loratadine

When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take loratadine include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in several forms, including tablets, liquid-filled capsules, orally disintegrating tablets, and syrup. It is usually taken by mouth once daily, although one product is taken twice a day.
     
  • You can take loratadine with or without food. If the medication bothers 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.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of loratadine 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 dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Loratadine Dosing for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions

Loratadine can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Loratadine).
 
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Loratadine for Allergies

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