medications, Allergies, pregnancy safety

Generic Name: Loratadine
Indication: Relief of allergy symptoms
FDA Drug Category: B

Loratadine is available by prescription and over the counter for the relief of allergy symptoms.

You can get the medication in liquid, capsules, tablets and disintegrating tablets. The most common brand name for the medication is Claritin, but off-brand and store brand medications are also available.

General Precautions

The medication is considered safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so don’t stop taking the medication if you find out you’re pregnant before talking with your doctor.

Loratadine can cause side effects including dizziness, rash, diarrhea, and nervousness. Talk to your doctor if you feel you’re having side effects from taking Loratadine.

Trying To Conceive

While there aren't any controlled studies on human fertility and Loratadine, at least one study has been completed on animals. The study showed a positive relationship with improved male fertility when taking the antihistamine.


Loratadine is considered safe for use during pregnancy when the symptom relief benefits are worth the risk of taking the drug. There are no animal studies or human studies proving negative side effects on the fetus, increased risk of birth defects or pregnancy complications of any kind.

Safe During Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends Loratadine while breastfeeding. Loratadine does pass to the infant in breast milk. If you are concerned about taking an antihistamine while breastfeeding, talk to your obstetrician about alternative medications or means of treating allergy symptoms.

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