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can you take loratadine 20mg?

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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, but why ?: Studies of loritadine show the medication is well tolerated at twice the recommended 10 mg dose. However, the same studies show no added benefit of the double dose in symptom relief over the regular dose schedule.
Answered on Oct 5, 2020
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Dr. Luis Matos
45 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Not a problem: Yes, for most drugs the approved dose is the most effective. Loratadine is an exception. 10 mg is the approved dose in the USA, although the adult dose of Loratadine in other parts of the world is 20 mg. The 20 mg dose was the most effective dose but it caused 14% drowsiness. For marketing reasons, only 10 mg (european pediatric dose) was tested in the US in adults without drowsiness.
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40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not unsafe: but what are you treating? if it isn't working at the regular dose for whatever problem, you'd better see your doctor, best wishes
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Loratadine: while antihistamines are safe taken in high doses, 20mg twice a day of loratadine can be sedating. Whatever he symptom control he is trying to achieve ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, but why ?: Studies of loritadine show the medication is well tolerated at twice the recommended 10 mg dose. However, the same studies show no added benefit of th ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Green
45 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Anytime: Since Loratadine is a non sedating antihistamine it can be taken either morning or night.

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