Alavert

Name: Alavert

Alavert Drug Class

Alavert is part of the drug class:

  • Other antihistamines for systemic use

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Alavert (loratadine)?

You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to loratadine or to desloratadine (Clarinex).

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • asthma;

  • kidney disease; or

  • liver disease.

This medicine is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Loratadine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Some forms of loratadine may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before taking loratadine if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old without the advice of a doctor.

What should I avoid while taking Alavert (loratadine)?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What other drugs will affect Alavert (loratadine)?

Other drugs may interact with loratadine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Alavert?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Alavert. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this medicine.
  • Taking Alavert in high doses may make you feel sleepy. Do not take more than your doctor or the package label tells you.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some other side effects of Alavert?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Feeling sleepy.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

How do I store and/or throw out Alavert?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Precautions

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 2 years.

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Loratadine Pregnancy Warnings

Animal models have failed to reveal evidence of teratogenicity or embryotoxicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. AU TGA pregnancy category B1: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals have not shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage.

This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus. AU TGA pregnancy category: B1 US FDA pregnancy category: Not formally assigned to a pregnancy category.

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