What is Loratadine syrup?
Loratadine syrup is a treatment for hay fever and allergy symptoms, using the active ingredient loratadine for fast relief from irritation. It’s ideal for children over the age of 2 and adults who prefer taking liquid medicines to tablets. Take this solution just once a day to relieve and protect against allergy symptoms all day long.
What happens when I have an allergic reaction?
When you have an allergic reaction to an irritant like pollen, pet fur, or dust mites, your body creates a substance called histamine to try and remove the allergen. Histamine is released into different parts of your body so it can cause symptoms designed to help get rid of the substance you’re allergic to. For example, when histamine is released into your eyes during an allergic reaction, you may experience itching, watering, swelling, and redness in response.
How will loratadine syrup relieve my hay fever and allergy symptoms?
This anti-allergy syrup contains 5mg of the active ingredient loratadine in every 5ml of liquid. Loratadine is an antihistamine, which means it works against the histamine created by your body during an allergic reaction. It keeps histamine from triggering your allergy symptoms, relieving sneezing, itching, runny noses, and other irritating symptoms.
Is loratadine syrup suitable for children?
Loratadine syrup is a popular choice for children with allergies. It can be taken by children as young as 2 years old and won’t make them feel drowsy or sleepy. Loratadine is ideal for kids who suffer during hay fever season or have allergic reactions to pets and need quick relief.
Can I take this product with my regular medications?
If you’re taking any other medications, including herbal medicines or any medicines you obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking loratadine syrup. This especially applies if you are already taking:
- Erythromycin, which is an antibiotic
- Cimetidine, which is for stomach ulcers and increased acid secretion
- Ketoconazole, which is an antifungal medicine
Can I take this medication if I’m pregnant?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you will usually need to avoid taking loratadine syrup or other antihistamines to manage your allergies. We’d recommend speaking to your doctor or pharmacist about how your allergies affect you so they can recommend a suitable treatment, which may include loratadine syrup in rare cases. Don’t take this medication during your pregnancy unless specifically told to do so by your doctor or pharmacist.
Can I drive after taking loratadine syrup?
Loratadine syrup usually won’t make you feel drowsy or sleepy, especially if you follow the recommended dosage carefully. However, drowsiness and tiredness are still considered to be side effects of this medication, so make sure to wait to see how the treatment affects you before driving. If you do feel drowsy or find that you experience any side effects that may affect your attention, do not attempt to drive or use any tools or machinery until you’re absolutely sure that the symptoms have passed and you’re safe to do so.
How much of this medicine should I take?
The amount of loratadine syrup you should take will usually depend on your age. If you’re giving this medicine to a young child, you may also have to take their weight into consideration. The recommended doses are as follows:
- Adults and children over 12: Take 10ml of syrup once a day
- Children aged 2 - 12 who weigh more than 30kg (66lbs): Take 10ml of syrup once a day
- Children aged 2 - 12 who weigh less than 30kg (66lbs): Take 5ml of syrup once a day
When should this product not be used?
Loratadine syrup is not suitable for children under the age of 2. Do not take this product if you are allergic to loratadine or any of the other listed ingredients. Speak to your doctor before taking this product if you have liver disease. If you’re scheduled to take an allergy skin test, do not take this product within 2 days before the test, as this can affect your results. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you have diabetes or an intolerance to some sugars, as this product contains 6g of sucrose in every 10ml of syrup.
Does loratadine syrup have any side effects?
Like all medications, loratadine syrup can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following serious side effects of this medication, stop use and seek immediate medical assistance:
- Wheezing, chest pain, chest tightness
- Swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Skin rash, including red spots or lumps under your skin (hives), anywhere on your body
Other side effects you may experience include:
- Increased appetite
- Being unable to sleep (insomnia)
- Rapid heartbeat
- Palpitations (feeling your heartbeat)
- Skin rash
- Feeling sick
- Dry mouth
- Being sick, upset stomach
- Abnormal liver function tests
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not take this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Once opened, use this product within 6 months. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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The active substance is: loratadine (5 ml of the Syrup contains 5 mg of the active substance loratadine)
The other ingredients are sodium benzoate, sucrose, propylene glycol, glycerol, anhydrous citric acid, aroma vanillin (AB 710), aroma strawberry (AB-180) and purified water.
Is there anyway to ensure that the version of loratadine that you send out DOES NOT contain Maltitol?
The brand we are currently supplying is by a supplier called Torrent Pharma. This does contain Maltitol unfortunately.
How long is the shelf life on this product?
Once opened you should use loratadine syrup within 6 months.
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