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
  • Breastfeeding.
     
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 Precautions

Warnings 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).
     
 
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