Claritin Warnings and Precautions
It is safe for many people to take Claritin. Warnings and precautions for the drug should be reviewed, however, to ensure a safe treatment process. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have kidney or liver disease, as you may need a lower dose. Claritin warnings and precautions also extend to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Claritin: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Claritin® (loratadine) if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, 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 all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Claritin Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Claritin include the following:
- If you have liver or kidney disease, your body may not handle Claritin as well as it should. Check with your healthcare provider before taking Claritin, as you may need a lower dosage.
- Claritin can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Claritin Interactions).
- Claritin 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 Claritin and Pregnancy).
- Claritin 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 Claritin and Breastfeeding).