Loratadine: Allergy Relief for a Third of the Cost of Claritin

Since living in Florida (I am going back 20 years now), I have had a real problem with itching eyes that sometimes weep and a runny nose. I have tried nasal sprays and eye drops, but neither have helped that much. When over-the-counter Claritin came out, I purchased a box of 10 pills, and I remember saying to myself that they cost more than $1 a pill. The good thing was that they really did help me.

So when the generic brand came out, called Loratadine, I figured it wouldn’t hurt me to try it. It has the same strength 10 mg. as Claritin and the first purchase cost me half the price of the brand name.

Loratadine is an antihistamine and gives 24 hour allergy relief in just one tiny white tablet. It states that it gives relief for “hay fever, sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, itchy throat and nose.” However, the most important information for me was that it is non-drowsy, as I take it in the mornings and need to be alert.

On the days I have forgotten to take Loratadine, within a few hours my eyes feel almost cloudy and I feel as if I need to rub them. As I do wear eye makeup that would be a disaster.

The last purchase I made of Loratadine was a packet of 30 tablets and it was on sale for just $9.99. At 33 cents a pill I think that the generic of Claritin is an excellent buy. I would highly recommend it to anyone that has allergy problems.

We go from pollen, to grass, to rag weed, and trees here in Florida and the allergy season seems to last all year long. I have to wear glasses because with my allergies I would never be able to keep contacts in. Loratadine really does help me but it does not totally eliminate the itching I get in my eyes. It really does do good on drying up my nose.

Before taking any over-the-counter medication you should check with your doctor first.


“Adults and children 6 years and over I tablet daily and must not exceed 1 in a 24 hour period.

Children under the age of 6 and people with kidney disease are to check with their doctor for advice”.

Loratadine is a product that I always keep in my medicine cabinet and also in my handbag. I always ensure that I take it with me when going on vacation.

So Claritin or Loratadine? Why pay for a brand name when the generic works just as well?

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