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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
  • Breastfeeding.
     
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 Loratadine

Warnings 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).
     
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