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Loratadine (By mouth)

Treats allergy symptoms and hives.

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Brand names include
Alavert, Allergy, Brite-Life Allergy Relief, Children's Claritin, Children's Claritin Allergy, Children's Loratadine, Children's Loratadine Allergy, Claritin, Claritin 24HR, Claritin Liqui-Gels, Good Neighbor Loratadine, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Children's Loratadine, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Loratadine, Good Sense Allergy Relief
Drug classes About this
Respiratory Agent
Combinations including this drug

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

[Evaluation of efficacy and safety of loratadine in the treatment of childhood asthma]

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of loratadine, a new generation of antihistaminics, in the treatment of childhood asthma.

Risk of hypospadias in offspring of women using loratadine during pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis

The review concluded that the use of loratadine (a second generation antihistamine) during pregnancy did not significantly increase the risk of hypospadias in male offspring. This seems to be a reasonable interpretation of the evidence and the authors' conclusion is likely to be reliable.

Efficacy and safety of desloratadine in chronic urticaria: a systematic review

Bibliographic details: Zhang X M, Guo J B, Li Q, Zhang T D.  Efficacy and safety of desloratadine in chronic urticaria: a systematic review. Chinese Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine 2009; 9(7): 796-801

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Summaries for consumers

Comparing New Antihistamines

How do newer antihistamines compare in treating allergic rhinitis?

H1‐antihistamines for chronic spontaneous urticaria

Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is a condition characterised by a rash of red itchy raised weals or hives, which appear for no identifiable reason. Other names include chronic idiopathic or chronic ordinary urticaria. 'Spontaneous' differentiates this type of urticaria from 'inducible' or 'physical' urticaria, for which there are specific triggers such as cold or pressure. 'Chronic' indicates that the condition has continued for at least six weeks. Hives may be intensely itchy, and the appearance may be unsightly and distressing to sufferers. In some cases, hives can be accompanied by deeper swelling, known as angio‐oedema, which is most common around the eyes and mouth.

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