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What are the side effects of loratadine?

There are many side effects related to the use of loratadine and they range from mild to severe. Mild side effects may include mouth sores, dry mouth, nosebleed, sore throat, insomnia, headaches, stomach pain, weakness, diarrhea, nervousness and red, itchy eyes. Loratadine can also produce some severe side effects like difficulty breathing and swallowing, itching, rash, swelling, hoarseness and wheezing. If you experience any of these severe symptoms, or if your milder side effects worsen, you need to seek medical attention immediately.

If you are taking loratadine to treat a case of hives, you may experience side effects like swelling of the mouth and tongue, dizziness, difficulty swallowing or breathing, drooling, wheezing or loss of consciousness. If these occur, you should get emergency help immediately as this could be an allergic reaction called anaphylaxis, which often requires an epinephrine injection.

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