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 194 100
Allergic rhinitis 96 25
Perennial allergy 70 22
General health 15 5
Chronic idiopathic hives 9 6

Show all 50 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 7
Moderate 5
Mild 49
None 184

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Loratadine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 12
Dry mouth 8
Sleepiness 4
Headaches 2
Central core disease 1
Central serous choroidopathy 1

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Loratadine

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 91
10mg as needed 17
10-240 mg daily 4
5-120 mg daily 3
10 mg twice daily 3
20 mg daily 2
1 mcg daily 1
1 tab(s) daily 1
10 mg m,w,f 1
10 mg every other day 1

See all 15 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Loratadine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 91
Other 50
Doctor's advice 34
Course of treatment ended 33
Side effects too severe 15
Expense 11
Personal research 7
Change in health plan coverage 6
See all 217 patients who've stopped taking Loratadine

Duration

Currently taking Loratadine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 40

Stopped taking Loratadine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 51
1 - 6 months 42
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 166
Usually 54
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 55
Not at all hard to take 180
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 4
< $25 137
Not specified 98

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Loratadine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Levocetirizine (Xyzal) 1

Patients stopped taking Loratadine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cromolyn sodium (Cromolyn ophthalmic) 1
Fexofenadine (Allegra) 1
Levocetirizine (Xyzal) 1
Montelukast (Singulair) 1
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21 patient evaluations for Loratadine

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

  • 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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