How to take Claritin

"Claritin" is prescribed for year-round or seasonal allergic rhinitis, allergic skin manifestations, including urticaria. The drug blocks histamine receptors, which leads to a decrease in spasms of the smooth muscles of the intestine and bronchi caused by histamine. The tool prevents the development of tissue edema, reduces capillary permeability, prevents the occurrence and facilitates the course of allergic reactions. Analogues of “Claritin” are: “Kestin”, “Lomilan”, “Loratadin”, “Clargotil”, “Zodak”, “Loridin”, “Suprastin”. The drug is released without a prescription.
Adults and children aged 12 years and older should take Claritin once a day, 1 tab. or 2 tsp. syrup Children aged 2 to 12 years old give 0.5 tab. or 5 ml (1 tsp) syrup. When a child weighs more than 30 kg, the dosing regimen is the same as in adults. For abnormal liver functions, Claritin should be taken every other day in the indicated doses. The therapeutic effect after taking "Claritin" develops within 1-3 hours, the maximum effect is observed after 8-12 hours, the effect of the drug lasts for a day.
Side effects of "Claritin" are: gastritis, dry mouth, nausea, abnormal liver function, nervousness, fatigue, drowsiness, headache, hair loss, skin rash, anaphylactic reactions. "Claritin" is contraindicated in children up to 2 years old, during lactation, with hypersensitivity to loratadine. With caution, the drug is used in pregnancy, if the expected effectiveness of treatment will be higher than the potential risk to the fetus.
Symptoms of an overdose of the drug are: tachycardia, drowsiness, headache. In this case, it is prescribed gastric lavage, taking adsorbents (crushed tablets of "Activated carbon with water"), and symptomatic therapy is carried out. The drug is not removed from the body during hemodialysis. Reception of "Claritin" should be stopped no later than 48 hours before performing skin tests to avoid false results. With the simultaneous use of "ketoconazole", "Zimetidin", "Erythromycin" increase the concentration of the active substance of the drug and its metabolite in the blood. "Claritin" does not enhance the effects of alcohol on the nervous system.The effectiveness of the drug does not affect food intake.

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