Claritin and Claritin-D are both brand names of loratadine. Claritin which contains loratadine plus pseudoephedrine is an over the counter drug and belongs to the class of drugs known as anti-histamine. Claritin is used to treat nasal allergies and hives. Antihistamine acts by obstructing the discharge of histamine- the chemical produced by our body on exposure to something that causes allergic reactions.

Claritin Dose and Dosage Forms

Claritin is available in capsules, tablets and even as a syrup. Children under 6 years of age should not be given Claritin. 10mg of Claritin is the recommended for daily dosage, that is equivalent to one tablet or capsule and two teaspoons of syrup. Taking more 10mg of Claritin will bring severe side effects such as severe sleepiness, racing heartbeat and headache.

Claritin is also available as an orally disintegrated tablet known as Claritin reditab. Claritin reditab is used for treating seasonal allergies which includes running nose, sneezing, itching of the nose and throat. Use Claritin reditab exactly as directed by your doctor. Claritin reditab orally disintegrating tablet can be taken with or without food; ensure your hand is dry before handling the tablet and use immediately you remove it from the blister holding it. Seek medical help immediately you experience any of this severe side effects of Claritin reditab orally disintegrating tablets; severe or persistent dizziness, rash, hive, itching, difficult breathing, and swelling of the mouth. Use Claritin reditab orally disintegrating tablets only when it is prescribed by your doctor.


Common side effects of Claritin includes sleepiness, tiredness, stomach pain, headache, dry mouth, diarrhea, and feeling excited, jittery or nervous. However, there are severe side effects of Claritin that once it occurs need to be reported to your doctor immediately: tightness in the chest, fainting, seizures, low platelet count and liver inflammation.

Alcohol and Claritin?

Alcohol and Claritin combination may cause drowsiness, dry mouth or dry eyes (blurred vision). Do not take alcohol while you are on location medication.
Share with your doctor all the medications you are taking before using Claritin; these includes recreational drugs, herbal drugs, nutritional or dietary drugs, and prescription and non-prescription drugs.


Children should not take more than the daily recommended dosage of 10mg, failure to adhere to this warning will cause the child to start move and acting similar to people living with Parkinson’s disease. People born with these rare condition phenylketonuria should not take Claritin; likewise patients who are allergic to loratadine or any other active ingredient in capris in should avoid Claritin. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their doctor before taking Claritin. Do not take Claritin with ranolazine medication.

Also, inform your doctor if you are taking Cordarone, Prezista and Sprycel medication before administering Claritin. Overdose in case, contact the nearest poison center.