Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 11/7/2022
Drug Description

What is Claritin and how is it used?

Claritin is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies. Claritin may be used alone or with other medications.

Claritin is an antihistamine.

It is not known if Claritin is safe and effective in children younger than 2 years of age.

What are the possible side effects of Claritin?

Claritin may cause serious side effects including:

  • fast or uneven heart rate,
  • severe headache, and
  • feeling lightheaded

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

The most common side effects of Claritin include:

  • headache,
  • feeling tired or drowsy,
  • stomach pain,
  • vomiting,
  • dry mouth, and
  • feeling nervous or hyperactive

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

These are not all the possible side effects of Claritin. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Active Ingredient (in each tablet)

Loratadine 10 mg



Indications & Dosage

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temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies:

  • runny nose
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • sneezing
  • itching of the nose or throat



adults and children 6 years and over 1 tablet daily; not more than 1 tablet in 24 hours
children under 6 years of age ask a doctor
consumers with liver or kidney disease ask a doctor


Other information (Blister foil units)

  • safety sealed: do not use if the individual blister unit imprinted with Claritin is open or torn
  • store between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F)
  • protect from excessive moisture

Other information (Bottles)

  • Tamper-evident: do not use if foil seal under cap, printed with "SEALED for YOUR PROTECTION" is missing, open or broken
  • store between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F)

Inactive Ingredients

corn starch, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate

Manufactured by: Bayer HealthCare LLC. Revised: Mar 2018


Allergies can best be described as: See Answer
Side Effects & Drug Interactions


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Warnings & Precautions


Do not use if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients.

ask a doctor before use if you have liver or kidney disease. Your doctor should determine if you need a different dose.

When using this product do not take more than directed. Taking more than directed may cause drowsiness.

Stop use and ask a doctor if an allergic reaction to this product occurs. Seek medical help right away.

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.


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Overdose & Contraindications


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Clinical Pharmacology


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Medication Guide


No information provided. Please refer to the WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS sections.

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