Loratadine is a non-drowsy (second-generation) antihistamine medication like Cetirizine, which is used to treat and prevent allergies. Allergic conditions include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and hives (urticaria). Antihistamines can also be used to manage the symptoms of the common cold such as runny nose and sneezing. Loratadine relieves symptoms of itching, runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.
Loratadine is taken by mouth usually once per day. It is available as a tablet and syrup (usually for children).
The regular adult dosage is 10 mg once daily. Loratadine can be taken at any time, but some people prefer to use it in the evening if they anticipate being exposed to a potential allergen the next day.
Loratadine has very few side effects. In most people when taken at the usual dosage it does not cause drowsiness. However, some people may experience a small degree of drowsiness. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how you respond to Loratadine.
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In Hong Kong, Loratadine is an over-the-counter medicine which can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Loratadine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.