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 252 70
Seasonal Allergy 175 91
Allergic Rhinitis 76 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 44
None 161

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Loratadine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 10
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 90
10mg as needed 14
10-240 mg daily 3
10 mg twice daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 1
10 mg weekly 1
5-120 mg daily 1
5 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Loratadine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 86
Other 42
Course of treatment ended 30
Doctor's advice 30
Side effects too severe 15
Expense 11
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 199 patients who’ve stopped taking Loratadine

Duration

Currently taking Loratadine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 29

Stopped taking Loratadine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 45
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 145
Usually 49
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 49
Not at all hard to take 161
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 2
< $25 121
Not specified 88
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21 patient evaluations for Loratadine

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suburbanexile
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: None
Fatigue: None
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Little
function: All
external_stress: Some
Stickman: little
Description:F52y
FM:12y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 25, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 1996)

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

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daiseyblue
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daiseyblue
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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