Loratadine is a medication which is mainly used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Its symptoms usually include sneezing, runny nose, itchiness of the nose or throat, itchiness of the eyes and watery eyes.
As any medication Loratadine can cause a number of side effects. Some of the side effects may appear when you start taking Loratadine, but they will go away as soon as you adjust to the medication. Such side effects include headache, dry nose and dry mouth and fatigue. If these side effects turn out to be severe and persistent, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Other side effects of Loratadine, which are considered serious and which require urgent medical help include pain in the chest, problems with urination, irregular pulse, changes in behavior and mood, tremors, seizures and faintness. Other possible side effects are sore throat, coughing, excessive thirst, hoarseness, upset stomach, nausea, anxiety, drowsiness, dizziness, jaundice, and appetite loss. In case you are allergic to Loratadine, you may experience allergic reactions which include swelling of the face, lips or tongue, breathing difficulties, tension in the chest and irritation of the skin, itchiness and rash.
According to the body systems, side effects of Loratadine can be classified as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, hepatic and dermatologic side effects. There are also side effects which refer to the nervous system. Cardiovascular side effects refer to problems with the heart. Gastrointestinal include side effects such as dry mouth, upset stomach and nausea. Hepatic side effects refer to liver problems. Dermatologic side effects involve any skin disorder which may occur as a consequence of taking Loratadine. Side effects, such as headache, dizziness or drowsiness refer to nervous system side effects.
Before you start taking Loratadine, notify your doctor about any medications, herbs or supplements that you take or about any condition or disorders, especially if you are suffer from other allergies, or if you have kidney or liver disease. Also inform your doctor if you are pregnant or you are breastfeeding. Loratadine is not recommended for children under the age of 6. It is important to take this medication as your doctor prescribed, because taking more Loratadine than you should may put you at risk of side effects. Side effects may occur if you take alcohol while you receive treatment. Since one of the side effects includes drowsiness, you must be careful while driving or operating hazardous equipment.