LORATADINE 10 MG TABLETS

Active substance: LORATADINE

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Loratadine 10 mg
Tablets
Loratadine

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it
contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription.
However, you still need to take Loratadine 10 mg
tablets carefully to get the best results from it.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- Ask your pharmacist if you need more
information or advice.
- You must contact a doctor if your symptoms
worsen or do not improve.
- If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Children under 2 years of age and/or under 30 kg
of weight should not take this medicine.

Always take Loratadine exactly as your doctor has
told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Try to get into the habit of taking your medicine at
the same time every day. This will make it easier
for you to remember.

Take special care with Loratadine Tablets
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if you have severe liver problems

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if you have been told that you have an
intolerance to some sugars.

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3. HOW TO TAKE LORATADINE TABLETS

if you are due to have skin tests since
Loratadine could affect the results.

The usual dose is

1. What Loratadine 10 mg Tablets are and what
they are used for
2. Before you take Loratadine Tablets
3. How to take Loratadine Tablets

Dose
10 mg once daily
(swallow one tablet
daily with water)

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Children aged 2 to 12
years and weighing
over 30 kg

10 mg once daily
(swallow one tablet
daily with water)

Laboratory tests:
In this leaflet:

Adults and children
over 12 years of age

Children who are aged
over 2 years old but do
not weigh more than
30 kg

Should not take this
medicine

Children under 2 years
of age

Should not take this
medicine

Patients with severe
liver problems

Your doctor may
prescribe a different
dose for patients with
severe liver problems

If any of the above applies to you, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
Taking other medicines

Antihistamines may prevent response to allergens
in skin allergy testing, therefore this medicine
should be stopped two days prior to such testing.
Taking Loratadine Tablets with food and drink
This medicine may be taken with or without food.

4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Loratadine Tablets

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

6. Further information
1. WHAT LORATADINE 10 MG TABLETS
ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Loratadine 10 mg
Tablets. It will be referred to as Loratadine Tablets
throughout this leaflet.
Loratadine Tablets belong to a class of medicines
known as antihistamines. Antihistamines help
to reduce allergic symptoms by preventing the
effects of a substance called histamine, which is
produced in the body.
Loratadine Tablets relieve symptoms associated
with allergic rhinitis (for example, hay fever),
such as sneezing, runny or itchy nose, and burning
or itchy eyes.
Loratadine tablets may also be used to help relieve
symptoms of urticaria (itching, redness and
number and size of hives).
Relief of these symptoms lasts a full day and helps
you to resume your normal daily activities and sleep.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE LORATADINE
TABLETS

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking any medicine.

If you take more Loratadine Tablets than you
should

Pregnancy: the safe use of loratadine during
pregnancy has not been established. The use of
Loratadine during pregnancy is therefore not
recommended.

If you may have taken more Loratadine than you
should, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
immediately. Overdose may cause sleepiness or a
faster heart beat. Immediate medical attention
should be sought in the event of an overdose;
take your tablets along to show to your doctor, if
possible.

Breast feeding: loratadine, the active substance in
this medicine is excreted in breast milk; therefore
the use of loratadine is not recommended in
breast-feeding women.
Driving and using machines
At the recommended dose, Loratadine Tablets are
not expected to cause you to be drowsy or less
alert. However, very rarely some people
experience drowsiness, which may affect their
ability to drive or use machines. Please make sure
you are not drowsy before performing these
activities.

Loratadine Tablets contain lactose (milk sugar). If
you have been told by your doctor that you have
intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product.

if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
Loratadine or any of the other ingredients of
Loratadine Tablets. An allergic reaction can
include skin rash, itching, swelling or
breathing difficulties.

if you are breast-feeding currently.
Loratadine

Loratadine

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10 mg Tablets

Loratadine

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Loratadine

if you are pregnant or planning to become
pregnant

10 mg Tablets

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If you forget to take Loratadine Tablets
If you have forgotten to take your tablet, take it as
soon as you remember and continue as usual. Do
not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Important information about some of the
ingredients of Loratadine tablets

DO NOT TAKE Loratadine Tablets
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Age

Like all medicines, Loratadine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
You must stop taking Loratadine Tablets
immediately and consult your doctor if you
develop any allergic reaction to this medicine.
This can consist of
- skin rash or eruptions (including inside the mouth)
- itching
- swelling of the face, tongue, lips, hands, feet
- breathing difficulties
Other side effects
- The following side effects have been reported
rarely with loratadine use. They are generally
non serious and may go away on their own.

However, check with your doctor if they
continue or are bothersome:
- nausea (feeling sick)
- fatigue
- headache
- nervousness
- dryness of the mouth, nose and throat
- hair loss
In addition, other side effects that have been
reported when taking Loratadine Tablets are:
- dizziness
- rapid heartbeat
- palpitation (awareness of heartbeat/racing)
- irritation of the stomach lining (gastritis)
- increased appetite
- insomnia
- skin rashes
- abnormal liver function.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE LORATADINE TABLETS
Keep your tablets out of the reach and sight of
children.
- Do not take Loratadine Tablets after the expiry
date which is stated on the carton after “Exp”.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that
month.
- Store in the original package.
- Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Loratadine Tablets contain
- The active substance is Loratadine 10 mg.
- The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate,
colloidal anhydrous silica, croscarmellose
sodium, talc and magnesium stearate .
What Loratadine Tablets look like and contents
of the pack
Loratadine Tablets are white coloured, circular,
flat beveled uncoated tablets, with central
breakline on one side and ‘L’ on other side.
Loratadine Tablets are available in blister strips in
pack size of 30 tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
APSLA Limited, Bayview House,
49 North Strand Road, Dublin 3, Ireland.
Manufacturer:
APC Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals (Europe) Ltd.,
9th floor, C.P. House, 97-107 Uxbridge Road,
Ealing, London , W5 5TL
Distributed By:
APC Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals (Europe) Ltd.,
9th floor, C.P. House, 97-107 Uxbridge Road,
Ealing, London, W5 5TL
This leaflet was last revised in 10/2010.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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