Generic Alavert (loratadine generic), an antihistamine, is a medicine usually recommended to relieve the signs of hay fever along with other allergic reactions. These signs and symptoms include sneezing, itchy eye, nose, or even throat. Loratadine may also be used to deal with itching as well as redness due to hives. Nevertheless, this medication does not prevent hives, and other skin reactions or allergic reactions. A combination along with pseudoephedrine is also available. If you're using this combination medication, ask your physician for more details.
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The active ingredient in Generic Alavert is Loratadine that is present in 10mg strength. The chemical name for it is ethyl 4-(8-chloro-5, 6-dihydro-11H-benzo [5, 6] cyclohepta [1, 2-b]pyridin-11-ylidene) -1-piperidinecarboxylate. The empirical formula for this product is C22H23CIN2O2 and it has a molecular mass of 382.89. The inactive ingredients used in this medicine are: octadecanoic acid, lactose and maize starch.
Loratadine is a selective and long-acting antihistamine drug that specifically acts on peripheral histamine H1-recpetor to alleviate allergic response. During an allergic reaction, the histamine is produced that causes inflammation and irritation of the mucosal membranes of nasal cavity and skin. In order to reduce the inflammation and irritation, it is highly essential to suppress histamine receptors; Loratadine does exactly the same.
Generic Alavert is available in a tablet form that should be taken orally with or without food. Stick to the directions given on the package.
The standard dose of this antihistamine is 10mg once in a day, which should be taken before going to bed
Follow directions while removing the pill from the blister package, so that you do not break or crush it. This can decrease the efficacy of the drug.
Do not alter doses without informing your doctor. Excess consumption of Loratadine may cause sleepiness.
If your condition does not improve in the 3 days of starting the dose, stop taking this drug as well as call your doctor for further management.
Consult your advisor if you are not aware of reason behind the development of unnecessary hives (if occurs)
If you are allergic to any medicine, Loratadine or Desloratadine, stay away from this medicine
Inform your doctor if you are suffering from any chronic illnesses related to kidney or liver
Do not give Generic Alavert to children below 6 years without a proper medical advice
If you miss your dose, take it as soon as you recollect; but if the missed dose is near to your next dose, do not take it, rather ask your physician for further dosage schedule
Do not take two doses at a single time, as overdose may probably lead to adverse drug reactions, such as throbbing headache, dizziness and increased heartbeat
Ask your doctor about any restrictions on diet, beverages and physical activities during the course of treatment
It is important to mention important health related issues in front of your doctor, before starting up with Generic Alavert treatment. This will help you avert unnecessary medical complications and drug interactions. Inform following details –
Past or present medical history, if any, such as renal or hepatic disorders, brain illness, heart ailments, etc.
If you are undergoing any kind of treatment, such as antidepressants, antihypertensive drugs, diabetic medications, etc.
If you are pregnant or nursing a baby; this anti-histamine may pass through breast milk, which may prove fatal to infant
Dizziness is a common side effect that may occur after taking the dose; therefore, it is advisable to avoid driving, riding, operating a machine, etc. after taking the dose. Therefore, physicians often prescribe this medicine to be taken before going to bed.
The healthcare advisor is the best person to explain you the exact duration of treatment with generic alavert. Usually, the span of therapy depends on the severity of the allergic response and susceptibility of the person. Typically, one may need to take this antihistamine for a week or two to get rid of the signs and symptoms of allergy.
Probable Side Effects of Generic Alavert
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms while undergoing treatment with this antihistamine, immediately call the medical advisor for emergency medical service.
According to clinical pharmacology, Generic Alavert (Loratadine generic) can be given in combination with erythromycin (antibiotic) and Ketoconazole (antifungal). However, there may be few medicinal drugs that can interact with Loratadine, including prescription/OTC drugs, herbal or vitamin supplements. So be careful and inform the healthcare advisor before starting with any other medications while taking this antihistamine.
Generic Alavert is contraindicated in following subjects –
Children younger than 6 years of age, with or without kidney disorders