What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Claritin Syrup (Loratadine)


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    Claritin Syrup is a medication that provides relief from allergy symptoms. It contains the active ingredient loratadine, an antihistamine that works by blocking the effects of histamine in the body. Claritin Syrup is particularly suitable for individuals who have difficulty swallowing pills or prefer a liquid medication.

    Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to substances such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, or certain foods. The immune response triggers the release of histamine, which leads to symptoms like sneezing, itching, runny nose, and watery eyes.

    Claritin Syrup alleviates allergy symptoms by inhibiting the activity of histamine. By blocking the effects of histamine, it helps to reduce the frequency and severity of sneezing, itching, and nasal congestion, allowing individuals to experience relief from their allergy symptoms.

    Fact Table




    US DailyMed


    almost 100%

    Legal status


    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    8 hours, active metabolite desloratadine 27 hours

    Dosage (Strength)



    Consult Doctor


    Claritin Syrup

    Protein binding


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    Routes of administration

    By mouth


    The usual dosage of Claritin Syrup is 10 mg (10 mL) once daily. It is approved for adults and children aged two years and older at this dose.

    For children between the ages of 2-6 years, the recommended dosage is 5 mg (5 mL) once daily.

    It is important to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare professional or as indicated on the packaging.


    The active ingredient in Claritin is loratadine.


    Common interactions can include:

    • Alcohol
    • Alprazolam
    • Diazepam
    • Erythromycin
    • Clarithromycin
    • Ketoconazole
    • Lorazepam
    • Rifampin
    • Temazepam


    Before starting Claritin Syrup, discuss your medical history and medications with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Certain conditions or medications may interact with loratadine.

    Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Claritin Syrup, as it may enhance the medication's sedative effects.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver problems.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects are:

    • Diarrhea
    • Dry mouth
    • Drowsiness
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Nervousness
    • Skin rash or hives
    • Stomach upset


    Claritin Syrup [package insert]. Kenilworth, NJ: Schering Corporation; 1999.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 50

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