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Can loratadine cause children to have violent mood swings and suicidal thoughts?

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In brief: Maybe

In rare cases, yes. But not likely.

In brief: Maybe

In rare cases, yes. But not likely.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Medications like this often are used to calm emotionally labile children. I have not heard of any in this class associated with onset of suicidal thoughts. However, if a child is sedated, sometimes that causes disinhibition, which can produce lots of undesirable behaviors.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Seems unlikely

Odd reactions to medications do happen, but this would be unusual.
Still, if you are worried, there are other medications to help with allergy symptoms, so ask to switch to something else. Any effects of the type you describe, if caused by loratadine, should go away when you stop it.

In brief: Seems unlikely

Odd reactions to medications do happen, but this would be unusual.
Still, if you are worried, there are other medications to help with allergy symptoms, so ask to switch to something else. Any effects of the type you describe, if caused by loratadine, should go away when you stop it.
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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine

In brief: Unlikely

However if it is Loratidine-D (with pseudoephedrine as a decongestant) yes, it can cause mood swings, hyperactivity, possible agitation and insomnia.
Loratidine, when taken as directed for allergies - is one of the safest treatments known. There's no evidence of harm to a fetus when a pregnant mother takes it, or when breastfeeding taking the plain loratidine.

In brief: Unlikely

However if it is Loratidine-D (with pseudoephedrine as a decongestant) yes, it can cause mood swings, hyperactivity, possible agitation and insomnia.
Loratidine, when taken as directed for allergies - is one of the safest treatments known. There's no evidence of harm to a fetus when a pregnant mother takes it, or when breastfeeding taking the plain loratidine.
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