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Agistam (Generic Loratadine)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Hay fever (allergy to pollen, dust, or other elements in the air) and other allergy symptoms are momentarily relieved with the use of loratadine. These signs include sneezing, runny noses, and scratchy eyes, noses, or throats. Hives-related irritation and redness are also treated with loratadine. But loratadine won’t stop hives or other allergic skin reactions. Antihistamines, which include loratadine, are a group of drugs. Histamine, a chemical in the body that triggers allergic reactions, is blocked in order for it to function.

Additionally, loratadine is offered in combination with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, others). The sole topic covered in this monograph is the use of loratadine. Read the information on the product label if you are taking a loratadine and pseudoephedrine combination medicine, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

How should this medicine be used?

Loratadine is available as a tablet, a quickly dissolving tablet, and a syrup (liquid) for oral administration. Typically, it is taken once day, with or without food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions you do not understand, and carefully follow them. Follow the loratadine directions exactly. Never take it in amounts or frequencies other than those specified on the package label or as advised by your doctor. You can feel sleepy if you take more loratadine than is recommended.

If you’re taking a tablet that dissolves quickly, remove it from the blister package without breaking it by following the instructions on the package. The tablet should not be forced through the foil. Place the tablet on your tongue right away after removing it from the blister packet, then seal your mouth. The tablet can be ingested with or without water and will dissolve fast.

When treating hives that are damaged or blistered, have an unusual colour, or don’t itch, loratadine should not be used. If you experience this kind of hives, contact your doctor.

In the event that your hives do not subside during the first three days of treatment or if they persist for more than six weeks, stop taking loratadine and contact your doctor. Call your doctor if you are unsure of what is causing your hives.

Get emergency medical attention immediately away if you are using loratadine to treat hives and experience any of the following symptoms: Wheezing, drooling, nausea, dizziness, or unconsciousness; trouble breathing, swallowing, or speaking; tongue swelling; or swelling in the mouth and surrounding area. These could be signs of anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Your doctor might recommend an epinephrine injector if he thinks you might develop anaphylaxis along with your hives (EpiPen). Never substitute loratadine for an epinephrine injector.

If the safety seal is broken or broken, do not take this medication.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information if you think this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking loratadine,

  • If you have an allergy to loratadine, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in loratadine preparations, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. A list of the ingredients can be found on the package label.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Mention any allergy and cold drugs you may be taking.
  • Inform your doctor if you have or have previously had kidney or liver problems, asthma, or both.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you get pregnant while taking loratadine.
  • You should be aware that some brands of the orally disintegrating tablets may contain aspartame, which converts to phenylalanine in the body and is dangerous if you have phenylketonuria (PKU), an inherited condition that requires you to follow a special diet to prevent brain damage that could result in severe intellectual disability.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Loratadine could have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Headache
  • Mouth ache
  • Nosebleed
  • Unwell throat
  • Oral sores
  • Having trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Nervousness
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy or red eyes

There could be some severe negative effects. Call your doctor right away and stop taking loratadine if you suffer any of the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling of the lower legs, hands, arms, feet, ankles, lips, tongue, or eyes
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Wheezing

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication out of the reach of children and tightly closed in the original container. Store it at room temperature, away from strong light, moisture, and heat (not in the bathroom). Use the orally dissolving pills right away after taking them out of the blister packaging and within six months of cracking the outer foil packet. To keep track of how long it has been since you opened the foil packet, note the date on the product label.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

Overdose symptoms could include:

  • Hammering or rapid heartbeat
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Unusual bodily actions

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

If you have any inquiries about loratadine, ask your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Agistam®
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