Loratadine is one drug that can be used in hives treatment. Hives is a skin rash that is caused by an allergic reaction. It will appear as red blotchy bumps on the skin. The bumps are usually accompanied by swelling and may also cause itching, burning and pain in the affected area. Loratadine can be prescribed by a doctor to help reduce the symptoms of hives.

Loratadine is typically used to help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Since hives can often be caused by many environmental factors and even stress, Loratadine can be very helpful with the treatment. Loratadine acts as an antihistamine by blocking the histamines, which cause the itching, swelling and pain.

Administration of Loratadine

Loratadine can be prescribed in three different forms. It comes in a liquid syrup, which is good for young children and those who have problems swallowing pills. It also comes in a pill form. The third type is a pill which dissolves easily when placed on the tongue. Loratadine is taken once a day and should provide some relief within an hour. It is best to make sure that the entire prescription is taken.

Side Effects

There are possible side effects with Loratadine. Most of these are minor and do not bother many people. The most common side effects include dizziness, insomnia, headaches, sleepiness, nausea, dry mouth, coughing and a sore throat. More serious side effects, which may require medical treatment, include chest pain, seizures, uncontrollable shaking, fast heartbeat and mood changes. If you experience any of these side effects, talk with your doctor immediately.