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Is loratadine lean the same as loratadine?

Is loratadine lean the same as loratadine?

Hardly: Purple drank or 'lean' is Codeine (narcotic, obtained illegally or diverted) + sedating antihistamine (usually Phenergan or compazine) + soda + candy (+/- alcohol). Loratadine is a non-sedating antihistamine, so very technically, one ingredient is in the same family, but no abuse potential with non-sedating antihistamines. For more info, see: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/purple_drank. ...Read more

Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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I accidentally overdosed on loratadine. What can I do?

I accidentally overdosed on loratadine. What can I do?

Nothing: Claritin and most other nonsedating third generation antihistamines are very safe. The initial studies for Claritin were done at 40 mg (4 times the currently recommended dose). If a physical symptom is experienced after using any medication at an excessively high dose, the best resource is the "poison control" center. They are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-poison1. ...Read more

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Can I safely take two 10 mg doses of loratadine in one day?

Can I safely take two 10 mg doses of loratadine in one day?

It may make u Drowsy: The full adult dose of Loratadine in other parts of the world is 20 mg. This amount caused a 12-14% drowsiness rate. The 10 mg dose was tested in the us in order to find a non-drowsy dose and it worked. If your allergy symptoms are controlled with Diphenhydramine (benadryl-50% drowsiness) and not 10 mg loratadine, you can try a second 10 mg dose and it may help with a lot less drowsiness. ...Read more

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Hi please tell me about loratadine maximum dose?

Hi please tell me about loratadine maximum dose?

Daily dose: Adult dosage of loratadine should not exceed 10 mg per 24 hours in normal people. In people with kidney or liver impairment , the dosage should not exceed 10 mg every 48 hours. Reference: Medscape Drug Refernce ...Read more

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What could 21 (10 mg) loratadine do to me?

What could 21 (10 mg) loratadine do to me?

Drowsy: If you are contemplating suicide, do call the suicide hotline ASAP. But even at the dose stated, Loratadine will likely make you drowsy and won't kill you. ...Read more

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My husband swears Loratadine doesn't work for him unless he takes 20mg BID. What is the highest SAFE dose take?

My husband swears Loratadine doesn't work for him unless he takes 20mg BID.  What is the highest SAFE dose take?

Recommended dose: The recommended daily dose is 10 mg. It is fairly a safe medicine, but side effects may arise in high doses. It seems like he is tolerating the 40 mg/day dose. The high dose definition may vary from patient to patient according their body tolerance. As he requires a large dose, he might benefit from adding different class medicine, so that he can avoid the side effects from unconventional doses. ...Read more

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Loratadine 10 mg can be used three times daily or twice daily ?

Generally once: Loratadine is generally taken once daily. There are circumstances when increasing the dose to 20-40mg split twice daily is warranted, but these doses should be prescribed by a physician. There is no added benefit in taking it three times daily ...Read more

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Can I use 10mg of Loratadine on a regular basis?

Can I use 10mg of Loratadine on a regular basis?

Yes but: No harm buy taking it regularly but it is not a good idea to take a medication indefinitely without a definite diagnosis. If you need it throughout the year I will recommend allergy testing done by an allergy and immunologist. Take a drug holiday every now and then, do not take it for few days in a row and see what happens. This info will help allergy specialist. ...Read more

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How long does it take for loratadine to work?

Same day: You should be able to hopefully notice some results withing the same day you take it. ...Read more