Alavert Warnings and Precautions
Before taking Alavert, you should talk with your healthcare provider if you have certain health conditions, such as phenylketonuria, liver disease, or kidney disease. Other Alavert warnings and precautions include the safety of using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding and watching out for potential drug interactions. In addition, this medication may not be safe for use in people with certain allergies.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Alavert?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Alavert® (loratadine) if you have:
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Alavert Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Alavert include the following:
- The orally disintegrating tablets contain phenylalanine. This is important for people with phenylketonuria, who must limit their phenylalanine intake.
- Alavert 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 Alavert and Pregnancy).
- Alavert 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 Alavert and Breastfeeding).
- If you have liver or kidney disease, your body may not handle Alavert as well as it should. Check with your healthcare provider before taking this medication, as you may need a lower Alavert dosage.
- Alavert can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Alavert Drug Interactions).