What is Loratadine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Loratadine is an over the counter medication used for the relief of nasal and non-nasal symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis and for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria (itching).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Seasonal allergy 198 104
Allergic rhinitis 95 26
Perennial allergy 72 23
General health 15 5
Chemical/venom allergy 8 4

Show all 54 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 6
Moderate 5
Mild 47
None 194

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Loratadine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 10
Dry mouth 7
Sleepiness 4
Headaches 2
Central core disease 1
Central serous choroidopathy 1

Show all 25 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Loratadine

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 55
10mg as needed 11
10-240 mg daily 6
5-120 mg daily 3
10 mg twice daily 3
10 mg m,w,f 1
20 mg daily 1
20 mg twice daily 1
25mg as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Loratadine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 94
Other 54
Doctor's advice 36
Course of treatment ended 33
Side effects too severe 13
Expense 12
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 219 patients who've stopped taking Loratadine

Duration

Currently taking Loratadine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 27

Stopped taking Loratadine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 50
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 175
Usually 54
Sometimes 20
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 57
Not at all hard to take 186
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 5
< $25 141
Not specified 100

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Loratadine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Levocetirizine (Xyzal) 1

Patients stopped taking Loratadine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 3
Cromolyn sodium (Cromolyn ophthalmic) 1
Doxepin (Sinequan) 1
Levocetirizine (Xyzal) 1
Montelukast (Singulair) 1
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19 patient evaluations for Loratadine

Apr 25, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for allergies)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry nasal passages)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 30, 2016 (Started Mar 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for allergies)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 7, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for allergies)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2013 (Started Mar 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seasonal allergy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This worked okay for me until this last spring. I switched to Zyrtec, which worked much better. Don't know if it was just a different allergen in the air or what.

  • 0 helpful marks
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