What is Loratadine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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See also: Loratadine-betamethasone PrefexNS

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
Allergies 236 61
Seasonal Allergy 163 81
Allergic Rhinitis 71 15
Perennial Allergy 71 21
Seasonal allergy symptoms 34 38
General health 16 6

Show all 57 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
Severe 6
Moderate 3
Mild 38
None 150

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Loratadine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 8
Dry mouth 7
Sleepiness 4
Headaches 2
Clumsiness 1
Daytime sleepiness 1

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Loratadine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 71
10mg as needed 14
10 mg twice daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 1
10 mg weekly 1
5 mg/5 mL daily 1
10-240 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
1other as needed 1
1tablet(s) as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Loratadine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 84
Other 40
Doctor's advice 30
Course of treatment ended 29
Side effects too severe 14
Expense 11
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 193 patients who’ve stopped taking Loratadine

Duration

Currently taking Loratadine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Loratadine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 133
Usually 44
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 47
Not at all hard to take 144
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 1
< $25 109
Not specified 82
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20 patient evaluations for Loratadine

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daiseyblue
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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 62
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 14 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

See daiseyblue's full Loratadine history

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
fluboe
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fluboe
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Crohn's Disease 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Crohn's Disease

See fluboe's full Loratadine history

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
life well lived
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Jan 2, 2013 (Started Jun 20, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Seasonal Allergy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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