Claritin® (loratadine) is an antihistamine commonly used for treating allergies and itching due to hives. By blocking the effects of histamine, it can help relieve runny nose, itchy eyes, runny nose, and itching caused by hives.
There are several different forms and strengths of Claritin: syrup, tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, liquid-filled capsules, and chewable tablets. The drug is typically taken by mouth once daily, although one product (Claritin 12-Hour RediTabs®) is taken twice a day.
Some people need to take the medication all year long, while some only need to take it during allergy season. Claritin syrup, chewable tablets, and orally disintegrating tablets are approved for use in children.
Although Claritin is now available without a prescription, you should talk to your healthcare provider before using this antihistamine if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or any allergies, including those to food, dyes, or preservatives.
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