Sunday, 31 July 2011

Alaspan (loratadine)

Alaspan (loratadine)
Active Ingredients- loratadine
What is Alaspan (loratadine)?
Alaspan belongs to the group of antihistamine which decreases the production and effects of normal compound histamine in the body. Secretion of Histamine can cause various conditions which include runny nose, watery eyes, irritation, itching, and sneezing.

Alaspan (loratadine) is administered for treating allergic conditions, symptoms includes watery eyes, hives, skin itching, irritation, runny nose, sneezing, redness and chronic skin reaction in patients.

Alaspan may also be administered for conditions not listed above.

Dosage and Administration
Follow the instruction prescribed by your doctor or use as directed on the label. In case of any confusion, consult your doctor or nearby pharmacy. Avoid using more than the recommended dosage of Alaspan, in case of overdose, seek for immediate medical help. Overdose symptoms include severe headache, sleepiness, and irregular heartbeat.

 Don’t administer Alaspan for prolonged periods of time; if the symptoms don’t improve consult a doctor. Generally Alaspan (loratadine) is to be used once per day with or without food.

 In case of missed dose, administer it as soon as you remember it. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and administer Alaspan (loratadine) as scheduled.

Alaspan (loratadine) side effects

Common side effects
Severe headache, drowsiness, weakness, stomach ache, diarrhea, constipation, nervousness, sore throat, dry mouth, blurred vision, hoarseness, eye reddening,  skin rashes, or nose bleeding. Consult a doctor if any of these side effects become persistent or bothersome. 

Severe side effects
Seek for immediate medical help, if any allergic reactions occur. Symptoms include hives, skin rashes, itching, and irritation, swelling of the throat, lips, tongue or face, difficulty in breathing.  Some other possible adverse reactions include irregular heartbeat, fainting, seizures and yellowing of the skin or eyes.

These are not the complete list of Alaspan side effects, for further information consult a doctor.

Tips and warnings
·         Avoid Alaspan if you are allergic to any of its active ingredients.

·         Consult with your doctor if you are suffering from liver disease, kidney problems or other prevailing health conditions.

·         Though Alaspan (loratadine) is an over the counter medication, avoid giving it to children below 6 years of age without prior consultation with your doctor.

·         Consult with your doctor before using Alaspan, if you are suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU).

·         In case of pregnancy, consult with your doctor before using Alaspan (loratadine) tablets.

·         It may pass into breast milk and cause problems for a new born baby, consult with your doctor the risk of using Alaspan (loratadine) while breast-feeding.

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