Alavert® (loratadine) is an over-the-counter medication used to treat allergy symptoms. Compared to many other non-prescription antihistamines, Alavert is less likely to cause drowsiness.
Alavert is an oral medication (taken by mouth) and is part of a group of drugs called antihistamines. Specifically, it is an H1 receptor antagonist. This means that it blocks a specific type of histamine receptor in the body known as H1 receptors. Because allergic reactions are partly caused by the release of histamine from certain cells in the body, Alavert can help relieve or prevent allergy symptoms.
The drug comes in the form of tablets and orally disintegrating tablets. It is taken by mouth, usually once a day. Alavert oral tablets are available in these forms and strengths:
- Alavert 10 mg orally disintegrating tablets (Citrus Burst, Bubble Gum, or Original Mint flavor)
- Alavert 10 mg tablets.
Although many people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Alavert, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Some of the common side effects include fatigue, headaches, and dry mouth.
(Click Alavert for more information on how oral tablets and orally disintegrating tablets can be beneficial in treating allergy symptoms. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on using this medication.)