Loratadine is an antihistamine available in over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that are used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and other outdoor and indoor allergies. Loratadine can be the only active ingredient in an allergy medicine, or it can be found in medicines that treat other symptoms such as nasal congestion.

Loratadine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is safe and effective when used according to the Drug Facts label. Parents and other caregivers should be aware that loratadine-containing medicines may come in different dosage strengths. Some products have dosing instructions for children between the ages of 2 and 6, while other medicines are only recommended for use in adults and children over the age of 6.

  • You have liver or kidney disease. A healthcare provider may determine that you require a different dose.
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • You have ever had an allergic reaction to loratadine.
  • You have an allergic reaction. Get medical help right away.
  • You take too much. Immediately contact a healthcare provider or the poison control national helpline at 800.222.1222.
  • Talk to a healthcare provider before giving an oral OTC allergy medicine containing loratadine to a child under the age of 2. Some of these medicines are not labeled for use in children under the age of 6. Read the Drug Facts label carefully for appropriate child dosing information and contact a healthcare provider as directed.
  • Loratadine-containing medicines are available in different dosage strengths. Do not give any OTC medicine that is only intended for use in adults to a child.
  • Read the Drug Facts label for proper child dosing instructions and contact a healthcare provider as directed.
  • Click here for more information on giving OTCs to children.