April 23, 2014
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Claritin

(loratadine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00782696 CLARITIN 10MG TABLET
02019973 CLARITIN SYRUP 1MG/ML
02237734 CLARITIN (RAPID DISSOLVE TONGUE TABLET) 10MG TAB
02241523 CLARITIN KIDS 1MG/ML SYRUP

How does Claritin work? What will it do for me?

Loratadine belongs to the class of medications called second-generation antihistamines, specifically the class known as histamine receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of one of the body's natural chemicals known as histamine. Histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms caused by allergies.

Loratadine is used for the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, including sneezing, itchy and runny nose, and tearing and redness of the eyes. It is also used for the relief of symptoms associated with allergic skin conditions, including chronic hives and other skin disorders. Loratadine is also used for the relief of symptoms associated with year-round allergies. Loratadine usually starts working within 2 hours and lasts for 24 hours.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Claritin?

Tablets: For adults and children 12 years of age and older, the recommended dose of loratadine is 10 mg once daily. The regular tablets may be taken with or without food. The rapid-dissolving tablets should be taken on an empty stomach. Water or other liquids are not necessary with the rapid-dissolving tablets as they will melt instantly on the tongue.

Capsules: For adults and children 12 years of age and older, the recommended dose of loratadine is 10 mg once daily with water.  Syrup: A liquid form of loratadine is available for children 2 years of age and older, as well as adults who are unable to swallow tablets. The recommended dose of loratadine syrup for adults and children over 10 years of age (weighing more than 30 kg) is 10 mL (10 mg) once daily. The recommended dose for children 2 to 9 years of age (weighing 30 kg or less) is 5 mL (5 mg) once daily.

Children between 2 to 12 years of age should not take loratadine for longer than 14 days unless recommended by a doctor. Adults and children over 12 years of age can loratadine for up to 6 months.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as suggested by your doctor or pharmacist. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than one dose in 24 hours. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Claritin come in?

Regular tablets (10 mg)
Each white, oval, shallow, deep-scored tablet, with the flash and dish logo above the score and the number 10 below contains loratadine 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, and magnesium stearate.

Rapid Dissolve Tongue Tablets (10 mg)
Each white, round, tablet-shaped unit with a debossed "C10" contains micronized loratadine 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: citric acid, gelatin, mannitol, and mint flavour.

Liquid Capsules (10 mg)
Each oval, transparent, blue gelatin capsule, etched with a "10" logo contains loratadine 10 mg.  Nonmedicinal ingredients: triglycerides, mono- and di-glycerides, gelatin, sorbitol sorbitan solution, povidone, glycerin, polysorbate, purified water, and FD&C blue.

Claritin Kids Syrup – Fruit Flavour
Each 1 mL of clear, colourless to light yellow, peach-flavoured syrup contains loratadine 1 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial peach flavour, citric acid monohydrate, edetate disodium, glycerin, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, and sucrose.

Claritin Kids Syrup – Grape Flavour
Each 1 mL of clear, colorless to light yellow, grape-flavoured syrup contains loratadine 1 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial grape flavour, edetate disodium, glycerin, maltitol, monobasic sodium phosphate monohydrate, phosphoric acid, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol, and sucralose.

Who should NOT take Claritin?

Do not use this mediction if you are allergic to loratadine or to any of the ingredients of the medication.

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