1. About Lorinase
Lorinase is an antihistamine medicine that relieves the symptoms of allergies. It's used to treat:
It's also used for reactions to insect bites and stings and for some food allergies.
Lorinase is known as a non-drowsy antihistamine. It's much less likely to make you feel sleepy than some other antihistamines.
Lorinase is available on prescription. You can also buy it from pharmacies and supermarkets.
It comes as tablets or as a liquid that you swallow.
What is the dosage for Lorinase?
The usual dose of Lorinase is 10 mg daily for adults and children older than six years of age. The dose for children 2 to 6 years of age is 5 mg daily.
On this page
- About Lorinase
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Lorinase
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
Missed Dose of Lorinase
If you miss a dose of Lorinase, try to take it as soon as you remember.
However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Don't double up to make up for a missed dose.
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What to do about:
- Feeling sleepy – try a different non-drowsy antihistamine. If this doesn't help, talk to your doctor.
- Headaches – rest and drink plenty of fluids. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a painkiller. Headaches should normally go away after the first week of taking Lorinase. Talk to your doctor if they last longer or are more severe.
- Feeling tired or nervous – talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects don't go away as they may be able to offer you a different antihistamine.
Q: To reduce drug cost, my pharmacist gave 10 mg of Lorinase instead of Alllegra 180 mg. Are these the same? Can Lorinase cause an increase in weight?
A: Lorinase (Claritin) is a second generation (non-sedating) antihistamine. Allegra (fexofenadine) is also a second generation (non-sedating) antihistamine. Both are used for the treatment of allergy symptoms. Lorinase and Allegra are in the same class of medications so they are very similar but they are not the same drug. Some patients may respond better to one medication over another or have different side effects when switching from one to another. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your health care providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. Tell your health care provider about any negative side effects from prescription drugs. You can also report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. Laura Cable, PharmD., BCPS
How to take Lorinase
- Before starting the treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about Lorinase dosage, and it will also provide you with a full list of side-effects which could be experienced from taking it.
- For adults and for children aged over 12 years: 10 mg taken once a day.
- For children aged over 2 years weighing 31 kg or more: 10 mg taken once a day.
- For children aged over 2 years weighing less than 31 kg: 5 mg taken once a day.
What should I avoid while taking Lorinase?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Before taking Lorinase, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to desLorinase; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. Do not self-treat with this medication without consulting your doctor first if you have certain medical conditions such as: kidney disease, liver disease.
Lorinase does not usually cause drowsiness when used at recommended doses. However, do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
If you have hives and your doctor has prescribed Lorinase, or if you are considering using this drug to treat your own hives, tell your doctor right away if you have any of these other symptoms because they may be signs of a more serious condition: hives that are an unusual color, hives that look bruised or blistered, hives that do not itch.
Liquid products or chewable tablets may contain sugar and/or aspartame. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, or confusion. These side effects can increase the risk of falling.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before taking this drug.
This medication passes into breast milk. However, it is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Before taking Lorinase
To make sure that this is the right treatment for you (or your child), before you (or they) start taking Lorinase it is important that you discuss the treatment with a doctor or pharmacist if:
- You/they are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- You/they have any liver problems. If so, the recommended dose may need to be reduced.
- You/they have a rare inherited blood disorder called porphyria.
- You/they are taking or using any other medicines. This includes any medicines being taken which are available to buy without a prescription, as well as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You/they have ever had an allergic reaction to another antihistamine, or to any other medicine.
Common side effects
The most common side effect of Lorinase is feeling sleepy. This happens in more than 1 in 100 people.
Side effects in children may include:
- feeling tired
- feeling nervous
Is Lorinase safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Lorinase is secreted in breast milk at levels similar to blood levels. Nursing mothers should decide whether to stop breastfeeding or discontinue Lorinase.
Pharmacologic class: Histamine1-receptor antagonist (second-generation)
Therapeutic class: Antihistamine (nonsedating)
Pregnancy risk category B
Rated Lorinase for Allergic Rhinitis Report
It cleared my sinus' but I had a sleepless night.
What brand names are available for Lorinase?
Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert, Claritin Hives Relief, Children's Claritin, and others
What is the difference between cetirizine and Lorinase?
- Cetirizine and Lorinase are non-sedating antihistamines used to treat symptoms of allergic reaction such as symptoms of seasonal hay fever (allergic rhinitis) such as sneezing, runny nose, red/watery/itchy eyes, hives, and allergic skin rash.
- Brand names for Cetirizine include Zyrtec, Zyrtec Allergy, and Zyrtec Hives Relief. Brand names for Lorinase include Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert, Claritin Hives Relief, Children's Claritin, and others.
- Both cetirizine and Lorinase are available over-the-counter (OTC) and in generic form.
- Side effects of cetirizine and Lorinase that are similar include drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, and fatigue.
- Side effects of cetirizine that are different from Lorinase include nausea, jitteriness, and sore throat.
- Side effects of Lorinase that are different from cetirizine include nervousness and difficulty sleeping.