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Claritin Rapid Dissolve is a 24-hour over counter allergy medicine that is used for indoor and outdoor allergies such as dust mites, animal dander, and molds.
Claritin contains loratadine as an active ingredient. Loratadine belongs to the class of medications called second-generation antihistamines, specifically the class known as histamine receptor antagonists. It works by binding to histamine receptors in the body and preventing histamine from causing allergic symptoms.
Claritin Rapid Dissolve is a type of allergy medication that dissolves instantly on the tongue without the need for water. The rapid dissolve formulation allows the tablets to be quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, providing fast relief from allergy symptoms.
Use and Dosage
Claritin comes in an orally disintegrating tablet form known as Claritin RediTabs or Claritin Reditab. These tablets are designed to dissolve in the mouth without the need for water, making them a convenient option for those who may not have access to water or prefer not to swallow traditional tablets. The orally disintegrating tablets contain a 10mg dose of loratadine, which is the active ingredient in Claritin and is used to treat symptoms of allergies and hives.
The recommended dosage for Claritin Rapid Dissolve tablets is one tablet once daily. The tablets will melt instantly on the tongue and water is not needed. Take them on an empty stomach and not exceed the recommended dosage. Please note that prolonged usage of this medication should be on the advice of a physician.
Take this medication exactly as suggested by your doctor or pharmacist. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than one dose in 24 hours. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Claritin Rapid Dissolve (Loratadine - non-Rx):
- Dry mouth
- Increased appetite
- Nervousness or restlessness (especially in children)
Serious Side Effects of Claritin Rapid Dissolve (Loratadine - non-Rx):
- Hair loss
- Pounding, fast, or irregular heartbeat
- Signs of liver problems (dark urine, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, pale stools, skin itching, vomiting, weight loss, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes)
- Stomach pain
- Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction such as: difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of the face and throat
Forms and Strength
Claritin Rapid Dissolve (Loratadine - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Claritin Rapid Dissolve: Orally Disintegrating Tablet
- 10 mg
- The tablets contain the active ingredient loratadine, which may cause drowsiness or fatigue, especially when taking higher doses.
- Dry mouth, headache, and stomach upset are other potential side effects of loratadine.
- If you have a history of liver or kidney disease, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Claritin, as they may recommend a lower dose.
- Loratadine may interact with certain medications, including some antidepressants, antifungal medications, and medications that affect the immune system.
- Allergic reactions such as hives, itching, rash, or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat are rare but possible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Claritin Rapid Dissolve safe for children?
Claritin Rapid Dissolve is safe for children ages 6 and up. However, be sure to follow the recommended dosage instructions based on the child's age and weight.
Can I take Claritin Rapid Dissolve with other medications?
It's always best to check with your doctor before taking Claritin Rapid Dissolve with other medications. In some cases, drug interactions can occur and cause unwanted side effects.
How should I store Claritin Rapid Dissolve?
Claritin Rapid Dissolve should be stored at room temperature between 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep it out of reach of children and pets.
It's important to purchase Claritin Rapid Dissolve from verified Canadian pharmacy.