Alavert is an over-the-counter medication used to treat upper respiratory allergies, such as hay fever. Specifically, the medication is used for treating allergy symptoms, such as itchy or watery eyes, itchy nose or throat, and sneezing. It works by blocking a certain type of histamine receptor. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label Alavert uses, such as treating hives.
What Is Alavert Used For?Alavert® (loratadine) is a non-prescription medication approved to treat hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies. It belongs to a group of medications known as non-sedating antihistamines, which means that it is less likely to cause drowsiness.
Using Alavert for AllergiesAllergies are the result of the immune system's reaction to normally harmless substances, such as pollens, certain foods, or medicines. Allergies can be either seasonal or perennial. Seasonal allergies (such as hay fever) occur at specific times of the year, while perennial allergies occur throughout the year. Allergies can affect various parts of the body, and symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy shots or medications. Alavert is a particularly useful allergy medicine, as it usually does not cause drowsiness, like many other non-prescription allergy products.
Alavert is approved to treat the following allergy symptoms:
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Itchy nose or throat
- Runny nose
Notice that Alavert is not approved for treating nasal congestion. For this symptom, a decongestant (such as the one in Alavert-D) is usually necessary.