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Is Loratadine A Narcotic
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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