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What is this medicine?

LORATADINE; PSEUDOEPHEDRINE (lor AT a deen; soo doe e FED rin) is a combination of an antihistamine and a decongestant. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies. It reduces congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and itching.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetes
  • difficulty urinating
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to loratadine, pseudoephedrine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. You can take it with or without food. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be used in children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • bromocriptine
  • ergot alkaloids like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • medicines for allergies, colds, breathing difficulties
  • procarbazine
  • stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • digoxin
  • efavirenz
  • linezolid
  • medicines for depression like amitriptyline, nortriptyline
  • medicines for heart disease or blood pressure like atenolol, clonidine, doxazosin, mecamylamine, methyldopa, reserpine
  • St. John's wort
  • theophylline
  • tizanidine
  • yohimbine

               
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