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Claritin uses are focused on treating common allergy symptoms -- like runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. It can also help relieve itching that is due to hives. The medication works by blocking histamine receptors in the body. This prevents the immune system from reacting to triggers that often cause allergy symptoms, such as pollen. There are no off-label Claritin uses at this time.

Claritin Uses: An Overview

Claritin® (loratadine) is a non-prescription medication approved to treat allergies in adults and children as young as two years old. It belongs to a group of medications known as non-sedating antihistamines (which means that it is less likely to cause drowsiness). Claritin is approved to treat the following allergy symptoms:
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Itchy nose or throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing.
Claritin is also approved to treat itching due to hives, which may or may not be caused by allergies.

Claritin Uses for Allergies

Allergies are the immune system's specific reaction to normally harmless substances, such as pollens, certain foods, or medicines. Allergies can either be seasonal or perennial. Seasonal allergies (such as hay fever) occur at specific times of the year, while perennial allergies can occur throughout the year. Allergies can affect various parts of the body, and allergy symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Nasal allergies (also known as allergic rhinitis) mostly affect the nose and eyes. Symptoms of nasal allergies may include:
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching nose, eyes, ears, or throat.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy shots or medications. Claritin is a particularly useful allergy medicine, as it usually does not cause drowsiness, like many other non-prescription allergy products.
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