UK Edition. Click here for US version.
SUPERDRUG ONE-A-DAY HAYFEVER AND ALLERGY 10MG TABLETS
Active substance(s): LORATADINE
Hayfever & Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information
IN THIS LEAFLET:
1. What this medicine is for
2. Before you take the medicine
3. How to take the medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing the medicine
6. Further information
WHAT THIS MEDICINE IS FOR
Health Essentials One-a-day Hayfever & Allergy Relief
10mg Tablets contain loratadine, which belongs to a
group of drugs called antihistamines. These medicines
help to relieve the symptoms of some allergies.
This medicine is used to relieve:
• symptoms of hayfever and other allergies such
as sneezing, runny nose and burning, itchy eyes.
• symptoms of skin allergies such as rash, itching
or urticaria (hives).
BEFORE YOU TAKE THE MEDICINE
This medicine can be taken by adults, and children
aged 2 years and over provided they weigh over
Some people should not take this medicine or
should talk to their pharmacist or doctor first.
Do not take if you:
• Are allergic (hypersensitive) to loratadine or any
of the other ingredients in the medicine, listed in
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before
taking if you:
• Have liver problems. You may need to take a
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
• Do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Other important information
• If you are going to have skin tests to identify
allergies, stop taking this medicine 48 hours
before the tests.
Driving and using machines
Tests have shown that this medicine does not cause
drowsiness in the vast majority of people using it.
Therefore it will not normally affect your ability to drive
or operate machinery. However there may be very rare
exceptions and if you experience dizziness, nausea
or drowsiness, do not drive or operate machinery.
Health Essentials One-a-day Hayfever &
Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets contains lactose
This product contains lactose. If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before taking
Other medicines and Health Essentials One-a-day
Hayfever & Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are
taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines. This includes medicines taken without a
prescription. There is a potential for loratadine to
interact with other drugs including ketoconazole,
erythromycin, and cimetidine.
HOW TO TAKE THE MEDICINE
Adults and children 2
years of age and over
with a body weight of
more than 30 kg
Swallow one tablet
daily with water.
Do not give to children under 2 years of age
or to children weighing less than 30kg.
As a guide, the average 9 year old child weighs
approximately 30kg (equivalent to 4 and a half
stone). Check your child's weight if you are not
sure. For children over 2 years but who weigh
less than 30kg a syrup form of this medicine may
be more suitable.
If you have severe liver
problems: Adults and
children 2 years and over
weighing more than 30 kg
(Check with your
pharmacist or doctor)
Swallow one tablet
every other day
DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE
If symptoms worsen or do not improve, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
Further information overleaf ➥
If you take too many tablets: Talk to a doctor
straight away, or contact your nearest hospital
casualty department. Take the carton and this
leaflet with you. You may get a headache, dry
mouth, constipation, blurred vision, have a rapid
heartbeat or feel sleepy.
If you forget to take a dose of Health Essentials
One-a-day Hayfever & Allergy Relief 10mg
Tablets: Take the recommended dose as soon as
you remember; wait at least 24 hours before taking
another tablet. Do not take a double dose to make
up for the missed doses.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Health Essentials One-a-day
Hayfever & Allergy Relief 10mg Tablets can sometimes
have side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Serious side effects
Stop taking the tablets and tell your doctor or
go to a casualty department immediately if:
• you get any swelling of the face, lips, tongue,
throat or other parts of the body
• you experience any wheezing, difficulty in
breathing or have any problems swallowing
• you get a skin rash, or hives on the skin after
taking the tablets
The above symptoms may mean you are having a
very rare, serious allergic reaction to this medicine.
• you experience convulsions (fits).
Other possible side effects
If any of the following side effects get serious or
concerns you, or you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, stop taking the tablets and tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
• Headache, nervousness and tiredness in children
aged 2 - 12 years.
• Drowsiness, headache, increased appetite and
difficulty sleeping in adults and children over 12.
• Very rare side effects are severe allergic reactions
(difficulty in breathing, wheezing, itching, hives
and swelling), dizziness, rapid heartbeat,
palpitations, feeling sick (nausea), dry mouth,
upset stomach, changes in liver function, rash,
hair loss and tiredness.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
STORING THE MEDICINE
Do not use after the expiry date shown on the pack.
This product does not require any special storage
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
What is in this medicine:
The active ingredient is: Loratadine, 10 mg per
The other ingredients are: Lactose monohydrate,
maize starch, pregelatinised starch and magnesium
What this medicine looks like and contents of
Health Essentials One-a-day Hayfever & Allergy
Relief 10mg Tablets are white oval tablets with a
break line and markings ‘L’ and ‘10’ on one side.
This pack contains 7, 14, 30 or 60 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Galpharm Healthcare Ltd., Wrafton, Braunton,
Devon, EX33 2DL, United Kingdom.
Galpharm International Ltd., Elmhirst Park,
Middle Field Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire,
S75 4LS, United Kingdom.
Text revised: August 2015.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.