Lorax: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects and Composition

Description and Composition of Lorax

Lorax contains as its active pharmaceutical ingredient, Loratadine. It also contains inactive ingredients called excipients in sufficient quantities. Lorax is a potent, rapidly effective and long-acting non-sedative, histamine H, receptor antagonist, with anti-allergic properties. It comes in different dosage forms which includes tablets, capsules, Syrup etc.

Indications or uses of Lorax

Lorax is indicated for:
  1. Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  2. Perennial allergic rhinitis
  3. Sneezing, rhinorrhoea & itching
  4. Ocular itching and burning
  5. Chronic urticaria and other allergic dermatologic disorders,

Dosage and Administration of Lorax

Adults and children above 12 years of age:

10 mg (1 Loratadine tablet) once-a-day.

Children:

6 – 12 years : 10 mg (1 Loratadine tablet) once-a-day.
2-5 years: 5 mg (1/2 Loratadine tablet or 5 ml of 5 mg/ 5ml Loratadine syrup) once-a-day
Safety and efficacy of Loratadine in children below 2 years of age have not yet been established.

Contraindications of Lorax

Loratadine is contraindicated in patients who have hypersensitivity or idiosyncrasy to its component

Use of Lorax in Special Populations 

Neonates: The drug is not normally used in neonates.
Children: The safety and efficacy of Loratadine in children below 2 years of age have not yet been established

Lorax Use in Pregnancy and Lactation 

Lorax should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to fetus or infant.

Drug Interactions with Lorax

There are no reports of potentially hazardous interactions with other drugs. Psychomotor performance studies show that unlike other H, receptor antagonists, Loratadine does not potentiate the effect of alcohol when administered concomitantly with it.

Side Effects of Lorax 

  • Rash,
  • hives,
  • itching,
  • swelling in some areas (like: eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, hands, arms, feet, ankles or lower legs),
  • hoarseness,
  • difficulty in breathing or swallowing, wheezing.

Precautions to take while taking Lorax 

Precaution is needed in patients with kidney or liver diseases, people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

Pharmaceutical Precautions 

Keep in a dry place, below 30°C. Protect from light.