Claritin Side Effects
Generic Name: loratadine
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of loratadine. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Claritin.
For the Consumer
Applies to loratadine: oral fixed-combination tablets, oral orally disintegrating tablets, oral solution, oral tablets
Side effects include:
Children 2–5 years of age receiving oral solution: Diarrhea, epistaxis, pharyngitis, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, stomatitis, tooth disorder, earache, viral infection, rash.
Children 6–12 years of age receiving oral solution: Nervousness, wheezing, fatigue, hyperkinesia, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis, dysphonia, upper respiratory tract infection.
Adults and children ≥12 years of age receiving conventional or orally disintegrating tablets: Headache, somnolence, fatigue, dry mouth.
Fixed combination loratadine (the active ingredient contained in Claritin) pseudoephedrine sulfate preparations: Insomnia, dry mouth, headache, somnolence, nervousness, dizziness, fatigue.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to loratadine: oral capsule, oral syrup, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable, oral tablet disintegrating
The most commonly reported side effects included headache, somnolence nervousness, and fatigue.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Sedation/somnolence
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Dizziness, convulsion
Frequency not reported: Syncope, paresthesia[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Nervousness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Insomnia
Frequency not reported: Depression, paroniria[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue
Frequency not reported: Fever, viral infection, tinnitus, malaise[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Dry mouth
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Nausea, gastritis
Frequency not reported: Dyspepsia, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal/gastric pain, altered taste, increased saliva[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased appetite[Ref]
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Angioedema, rash, alopecia
Frequency not reported: Pruritus, rash on face[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Increased frequency of urination, urine discoloration, menstruation delay[Ref]
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Tachycardia, palpitation
Frequency not reported: Hypertension, hypotension, chest pain[Ref]
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylaxis[Ref]
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Abnormal hepatic function[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Epistaxis, nasal dryness, pharyngitis, coughing[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Myalgia[Ref]
1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
3. "Product Information. Claritin (loratadine)." Schering Laboratories, Kenilworth, NJ.
Not all side effects for Claritin may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
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