Claritin® (loratadine) is a non-prescription antihistamine often used for treating allergy symptoms. It can be used to relieve itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and itching due to hives (which may or may not be caused by allergies).
The medication comes in several different forms, including:
- Claritin oral tablets
- Claritin chewable tablets
- Claritin Liqui-Gels®
- Claritin RediTabs® (orally disintegrating tablets)
- Claritin syrup.
Adults and older children typically take regular Claritin oral tablets, while the chewable tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, and syrup are approved for use in younger children.
While most people tolerate this drug well, side effects are possible. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with Claritin are fatigue, drowsiness, dry mouth, and headache.
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