Alavert

Name: Alavert

Alavert Overview

Alavert is an over the counter medications used to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hay fever (allergy to pollen, dust, or other substances in the air) and other allergies in adults and children 2 years and older.

Alavert is in a class of medications called antihistamines. It works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.

This medication comes in syrup (liquid), an immediate acting and extended release tablet, and a rapidly disintegrating (dissolving) tablet and is taken daily without regard to food.

Common side effects of Alavert include headache and dry mouth.

 

Manufacturer

  • Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Directions

  • tablet melts in mouth. Can be taken with or without water.
Age Dose
adults and children 6 years and over 1 tablet daily; do not use more than 1 tablet daily
children under 6 ask a doctor
consumers who have liver or kidney disease ask a doctor

Other information

  • Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine 8.4 mg per tablet
  • store at 20-25ºC (68-77ºF)
  • keep in a dry place

For the Consumer

Applies to loratadine: oral fixed-combination tablets, oral orally disintegrating tablets, oral solution, oral tablets

Side effects include:

Children 2–5 years of age receiving oral solution: Diarrhea, epistaxis, pharyngitis, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, stomatitis, tooth disorder, earache, viral infection, rash.

Children 6–12 years of age receiving oral solution: Nervousness, wheezing, fatigue, hyperkinesia, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis, dysphonia, upper respiratory tract infection.

Adults and children ≥12 years of age receiving conventional or orally disintegrating tablets: Headache, somnolence, fatigue, dry mouth.

Fixed combination loratadine (the active ingredient contained in Alavert) pseudoephedrine sulfate preparations: Insomnia, dry mouth, headache, somnolence, nervousness, dizziness, fatigue.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to loratadine: oral capsule, oral syrup, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable, oral tablet disintegrating

General

The most commonly reported side effects included headache, somnolence nervousness, and fatigue.[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Sedation/somnolence
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Dizziness, convulsion
Frequency not reported: Syncope, paresthesia[Ref]

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Nervousness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Insomnia
Frequency not reported: Depression, paroniria[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue
Frequency not reported: Fever, viral infection, tinnitus, malaise[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Dry mouth
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Nausea, gastritis
Frequency not reported: Dyspepsia, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal/gastric pain, altered taste, increased saliva[Ref]

Metabolic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased appetite[Ref]

Dermatologic

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Angioedema, rash, alopecia
Frequency not reported: Pruritus, rash on face[Ref]

Genitourinary

Frequency not reported: Increased frequency of urination, urine discoloration, menstruation delay[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Tachycardia, palpitation
Frequency not reported: Hypertension, hypotension, chest pain[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylaxis[Ref]

Hepatic

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Abnormal hepatic function[Ref]

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Epistaxis, nasal dryness, pharyngitis, coughing[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Frequency not reported: Myalgia[Ref]

Some side effects of Alavert may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

Usual Adult Dose for Allergic Rhinitis

10 mg orally once a day
-Maximum dose: 10 mg/day

Use: Temporary relief of symptoms associated with hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies (e.g., runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, itching of the nose/throat)

Renal Dose Adjustments

Dose adjustment(s) may be required; however, no specific guidelines have been suggested. Caution recommended.

Liver Dose Adjustments

Dose adjustment(s) may be required; however, no specific guidelines have been suggested. Caution recommended.

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