1. What this product is and what it is used for
What Loreta is
Loreta contains desloratadine which is an antihistamine.
How Loreta works
Loreta is an antiallergy medicine that does not make you drowsy. It helps control your allergic reaction and its symptoms.
When Loreta should be used
Loreta relieves symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal passages caused by an allergy, for example, hay fever or allergy to dust mites) in adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older. These symptoms include sneezing, runny or itchy nose, itchy palate, and itchy, red or watery eyes.
Loreta is also used to relieve the symptoms associated with urticaria (a skin condition caused by an allergy). These symptoms include itching and hives.
Relief of these symptoms lasts a full day and helps you to resume your normal daily activities and sleep.
2. What you need to know before you use this product
Do not take Loreta
- If you are allergic to desloratadine, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6) or to loratadine.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking Loreta:
- If you have poor kidney function.
Use in children and adolescents
Do not give this medicine to children less than 12 years of age.
Using other medicines
There are no known interactions of Loreta with other medicines.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Taking Loreta with food and drink
Loreta may be taken with or without a meal.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Pregnancy Category C.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor, or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Taking Loreta is not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing a baby.
There is no data available on male/female fertility.
Driving and using machines
At the recommended dose, this medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive or use machines. Although most people do not experience drowsiness, it is recommended not to engage in activities requiring mental alertness, such as driving a car or operating machinery until you have established your own response to the medicinal product.
3. How to use this product.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and adolescents 12 years of age and over
The recommended dose is one tablet once a day with water, with or without food.
This medicine is for oral use.
Swallow the tablet whole.
Regarding the duration of treatment, your physician will determine the type of allergic rhinitis you are suffering from and will determine for how long you should take Loreta.
If your allergic rhinitis is intermittent (presence of symptoms for less than 4 days per week or for less than 4 weeks), your physician will recommend you a treatment schedule that will depend on the evaluation of the history of your disease. If your allergic rhinitis is persistent (presence of symptoms for 4 days or more per week and for more than 4 weeks), your physician may recommend you a longer term treatment.
For urticaria, the duration of treatment may be variable from patient to patient and therefore you should follow the instructions of your physician.
If you take more Loreta than you should
Take Loreta only as it is prescribed for you. No serious problems are expected with accidental overdose. However, if you take more Loreta than you were told to, tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse immediately.
If you forget to take Loreta
If you forget to take your dose on time, take it as soon as possible and then go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
During the marketing of Loreta, cases of severe allergic reactions (difficulty in breathing, wheezing, itching, hives and swelling) have been reported very rarely. If you notice any of these serious side effects, stop taking the medicine and seek urgent medical advice straight away.
In clinical studies in adults, side effects were about the same as with a dummy tablet. However, fatigue, dry mouth and headache were reported more often than with a dummy tablet. In adolescents, headache was the most commonly reported side effect.
In clinical studies with Loreta, the following side effects were reported as:
Common: the following may affect up to 1 in 10 people
● Dry mouth
During the marketing of Loreta, the following side effects were reported as:
Very rare: the following may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
● Severe allergic reactions
● Pounding or irregular heartbeat
● Fast heartbeat
● Stomach ache
● Feeling sick (nausea)
● Upset stomach
● Inability to sleep
● Muscle pain
● Restlessness with increased body movement
● Liver inflammation
● Abnormal liver function tests
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
● Increased sensitivity of the skin to the sun, even in case of hazy sun, and to UV light, for instance to UV lights of a solarium
If any of the side effects become severe or troublesome, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet. Tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. How to store this product
● Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
● Do not use Loreta after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
● Store below 30°C.
● Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment