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It's usually safe to take loratadine if you're breastfeeding as only small amounts get into breast milk.

Loratadine liquid may be easier for children to take than tablets.

Swallow ordinary loratadine tablets with a drink of water, milk or juice.

If the tablet has a score line, you can break it in half if you find it hard to swallow it whole. Melt-in-the-mouth tablets dissolve instantly on your tongue without needing a drink.

Usually histamine is a useful substance but in an allergic reaction it causes unpleasant symptoms including itchy, watery eyes, running or blocked nose, sneezing and skin rashes.

Loratadine blocks the effects of histamine and so reduces these symptoms. You may only need to take loratadine for a short time or as a one-off dose.

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