Claritin, also known as Loratadine, is an antihistamine indicated for the relief of seasonal allergic rhinitis, inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose. Claritin treats hay fever symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 and made by Schering-Plough, Claritin is supplied in tablet, syrup and reditab form.
Side effects of the drug include, but may not be limited to, headache
, drowsiness, dizziness
, fatigue, and dry mouth. Less common side effects include respiratory problems
and irregular heartbeat
In April 2002, the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) announced it was conducting a safety review of the drug after receiving an alarming number of reports from Sweden of birth defects
in children born to mothers who used Claritin while pregnant. A spokesperson for the agency said an investigation would likely last several months. Officials with Schering-Plough say the cases simply "constitute random events".
In November 2002, the FDA approved Claritin as an over-the-counter allergy drug product.
See your doctor if you have experienced an adverse reaction after taking Claritin. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
- Allergy Drugs: Overview
- Arrhythmia: Overview
- Balance Problems: Overview
- Birth Defects
- Lung & Airway Disorders