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
Allergies 248 69
Seasonal Allergy 170 89
Allergic Rhinitis 75 19
Perennial Allergy 72 22
Seasonal allergy symptoms 34 40
General health 15 5

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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
Severe 6
Moderate 5
Mild 42
None 161

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Loratadine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 9
Dry mouth 8
Sleepiness 4
Headaches 2
Clumsiness 1
Daytime sleepiness 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Loratadine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 87
10mg as needed 14
10-240 mg daily 3
10 mg twice daily 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1
10 mg weekly 1
5-120 mg daily 1
5 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
100 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Loratadine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 85
Other 42
Course of treatment ended 31
Doctor's advice 30
Side effects too severe 15
Expense 11
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 5
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Duration

Currently taking Loratadine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 25

Stopped taking Loratadine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 145
Usually 48
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 48
Not at all hard to take 160
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 1
< $25 119
Not specified 89
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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

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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

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fluboe
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fluboe
Data Quality: 1 star
  • 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

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