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 659 108
Allergic rhinitis 325 27
Perennial allergy 227 24
Chronic idiopathic hives 71 4
Idiopathic angioedema 50 3

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  • 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 200

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Loratadine

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 38
10mg as needed 9
10-240 mg daily 4
10 mg twice daily 4
5-120 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 1
1other as needed 1
25mg as needed 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Loratadine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 93
Other 57
Doctor's advice 36
Course of treatment ended 32
Expense 13
Side effects too severe 13
Change in health plan coverage 7
Personal research 6
See all 226 patients who've stopped taking Loratadine

Duration

Currently taking Loratadine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 24

Stopped taking Loratadine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 50
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 177
Usually 55
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 56
Not at all hard to take 193
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 7
< $25 143
Not specified 102

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) 5
Azelastine (Astelin) 1
Cromolyn sodium (Intal Inhaler) 1
Doxepin (Sinequan) 1
Levocetirizine (Xyzal) 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.

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