Claritin , also medically known as loratadine, is an antihistamine used to comfort the symptoms of hay fever and other allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and itching or watery eyes.

It works by blocking the effects of histamine, which is the protein in the body that causes the irritations associated with allergies.

Claritin comes as syrup taken once a day by mouth. Adults usually take 5 to 10-milligram per dose. Children from 2 to 6 years old take 2.5-milligram per dose or as prescribed by your doctor.

This medicine may cause some people to experience headache, drowsiness, dry nose, mouth or throat, fatigue, hoarseness, increased appetite and weight gain.

Claritin may also be used to treat hives or chronic urticaris and other conditions, as suggested by your doctor.

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