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Patient information for "Loratadine"

1. What is "Loratadine" and what is it used for?

1.1 What are the properties of the medicinal product?

"Loratadine" contains the active ingredient loratadine, a drug from the group of so-called antihistamines.

Loratadine is used to treat the symptoms of certain allergic diseases that are associated with increased histamine release.

Loratadine is only available in pharmacies and without a prescription.

1.2 What strengths and dosage forms are there?

Loratadine is commonly available as

- tablets containing 10 mg loratadine.

Your doctor or your pharmacist will advise you whether this strength and dosage form are suitable for your treatment.

1.3 Loratadine is used for

Treatment of the symptoms of an allergic runny nose (e.g. hay fever); in chronic, idiopathic urticaria (hives of unknown cause).

2. What should you know before you take "Loratadine"?

2.1. "Loratadine" must not be taken

if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to loratadine or any of the other ingredients of "loratadine".


2.2.Special caution is required when taking "Loratadine"

- if you have severe liver problems,

- if you plan to have a skin test. The use of "Loratadine" should be interrupted at least 48 hours before skin tests are carried out, as antihistamines such as "Loratadine" can otherwise prevent or weaken positive reactions to the skin test.

2.2.a) Children

The efficacy and safety of "Loratadine" in children under 2 years of age have not been established.

2.2.b) Elderly patients

No dose adjustment is required in the elderly.

2.2.c) Pregnancy

No teratogenic effects of loratadine were found in animal studies. The safety of using loratadine during pregnancy has not been established. It is therefore not advisable to use "Loratadine" during pregnancy.

2.2.d) Breastfeeding

Since loratadine passes into breast milk, it is not recommended to use it during breastfeeding. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

2.2.e) Ability to drive and use machines

Very rarely, some people may feel drowsy, which may affect their ability to drive or use machines. It is therefore advisable to wait for your individual reaction to taking "Loratadine" before driving or using machines.

2.3 Which interactions with other medicinal products have to be considered?

Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking / using or have recently taken / used any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

No significant interactions were described in the clinical studies carried out.

2.4.What should be considered when taking "Loratadine" together with food, beverages and tobacco?

The effects of alcohol are not increased by taking "Loratadine".

3. How should "Loratadine" be taken?

Always take "Loratadine" exactly as your doctor has told you. Please ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

3.1 Type and duration of application

Swallow the tablets whole with sufficient liquid (preferably 1 glass of water). It can be taken independently of meals.

The doctor decides on the duration of the application.

3.2 Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, the usual dose is

3.2.a) Adults and children over 12 years

1 tablet with 10 mg loratadine once a day.

3.2.b) Children from 2 to 12 years

If you weigh more than 30 kg, 1 tablet containing 10 mg loratadine once a day.

If you weigh 30 kg or less, 5 mg loratadine once a day.

The efficacy and safety of "Loratadine" in children under 2 years of age have not been established.

3.2.c) Patients with severe liver damage

A starting dose of 1 tablet of 10 mg loratadine every other day is recommended for adults and children who weigh more than 30 kg.

For children weighing 30 kg or less, the recommended starting dose is 5 mg (1/2 tablet of 10 mg) every other day.

3.2.d) Patients with impaired renal function

No dose adjustment is required in the elderly or in patients with renal insufficiency.

3.3.If you take more Loratadine than you should

Overdosage of "Loratadine" has been reported to be sleepiness, increased heart rate (tachycardia) and headache.

If you have taken a large amount of Loratadine, please inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately. In the event of an overdose, immediate supportive treatment tailored to the symptoms should be initiated and continued for as long as necessary. Activated charcoal dissolved in water can be administered. Gastric lavage may be considered. Loratadine is not removed by blood wash (hemodialysis) and it is not known whether loratadine is eliminated by peritoneal dialysis. The patient should remain under medical supervision after emergency treatment.

3.4.If you forget to take "Loratadine"

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a tablet on time, take it as soon as possible. After that, proceed as recommended.

3.5.Effects if treatment with "Loratadine" is stopped

Please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

4. What are the possible side effects?

Like all medicines, "Loratadine" can have side effects, although not everybody gets them.

When evaluating side effects, the following frequencies are used as a basis:

- very common: more than 1 in 10 people

- common: less than 1 in 10, but more than 1 in 100 patients

- uncommon: less than 1 in 100 but more than 1 in 1,000 patients

- rarely: less than 1 in 1,000 but more than 1 in 10,000 people treated

- very rare: less than 1 in 10,000 patients, including isolated cases

- Frequency not known: frequency cannot be calculated from the available data

4.1 Which side effects can occur in detail?

The list includes all known side effects under treatment with loratadine, including those under higher doses or long-term therapy.

4.1.a) Immune system

Very rare: hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylaxis).

4.1.b) Nervous system

4.1.b.1. Frequently


4.1.b.2.Very rare


4.1.c) Cardiovascular system

Very rare: accelerated heartbeat (tachycardia), palpitations or racing heart (palpitations).

4.1.d) Gastrointestinal tract

Very rare: nausea, dry mouth, inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis).

4.1.e) Liver and biliary tract

Very rare: liver dysfunction.

4.1.f) Skin and subcutaneous tissue

Very rare: skin rash, hair loss (alopecia).

4.1.g) General malfunctions

4.1.g.1. Frequently

Headache, tiredness, drowsiness.


Insomnia, increased appetite.

4.2 What countermeasures should be taken if side effects occur?

Let your doctor know if you experience any side effects. He will decide on possible measures.

If you experience a sudden or severe side effect, inform a doctor immediately, as certain drug side effects (e.g. excessive drop in blood pressure, hypersensitivity reactions) can under certain circumstances have serious consequences. In such cases, do not continue to take the medicine without doctor's advice.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any side effects not listed here or in the package insert.

5. How should "Loratadine" be stored?

Store the medicine at normal room temperature and keep the medicine in the original packaging, protected from light and moisture, unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise.

Medicines should generally be kept out of the reach of children.

Do not use the medicine after the expiry date stated on the pack.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer need. This measure helps to protect the environment.

6. Source and processing status

Information from the SCHOLZ database based on the data approved by the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices

Copyright by ePrax GmbH, Munich; September 2013 (2)