Precautions and Warnings With Loratadine
Precautions and warnings with loratadine should be reviewed prior to beginning treatment to ensure a safe, successful treatment process. For example, you should talk to your healthcare provider if you have kidney or liver disease, as you may need a lower dose. Precautions and warnings with loratadine also extend to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Loratadine: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking loratadine (Claritin®) if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With LoratadineWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking loratadine include the following:
- If you have liver or kidney disease, your body may not handle loratadine as well as it should. Check with your healthcare provider before taking loratadine, as you may need a lower dosage.
- Loratadine can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Loratadine).
- Loratadine 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 and Pregnancy).
- Loratadine 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 and Breastfeeding).