Generic equivalents for Claritin...What are generics?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, how it is taken, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name and works the same way in the body in the same amount of time.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is the generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (e.g. different shape or color), as trademark laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to invent a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name drug and sell it at substantial discounts.
This medicine is an anti-histamine used to treat hay fever and allergic skin conditions. The active ingredient in this medicine is called loratadine, and relieves symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itching and swelling.
It may be prescribed to treat other medical conditions as determine by your doctor.
Take this medicine as directed by your doctor. You may take these tablets with or without food.
If you miss a dose of this medicine and you are using it regularly, take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once.
Store this medicine at room temperature in a tightly closed container.
Do not take this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it previously.
Do not exceed the recommended dose, as this may cause drowsiness.
Before taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medicines, consult with your pharmacist first as it may interact with Claritin.
If you experience severe or persistent dizziness, seek immediate medical attention.
This medicine may affect certain laboratory results, thus please advise laboratory staff you are taking this medication.
For women who wish to become pregnant or breast feed while taking this medicine, please ensure you discuss the risks and benefits of this medicine with your doctor.
Claritin Side Effects
Correct use of this medicine is not associated with any common side effects.
If you notice any unusual effects, contact your doctor or nurse.
An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely; however please be aware of the symptoms and seek immediate medical attention if they occur. Symptoms include dizziness, swelling of the face, difficulty breathing or a rash.
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