Loratadine (Claritin) Dosage Table  
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Loratadine (Claritin) Dosage Table
Child's AGE (years)2-66-1212+years
Liquid 5 mg/1 teaspoon (tsp)12tsp
Liquid 5 mg/5 milliliters (ml)2.5510ml
Chewable 5 mg tablets--12tablets
Tablets 10 mg----1tablets

Indications: Treatment of nasal or eye allergies, hives, itching and other allergic symptoms.

Table Notes:

  • AGE LIMITS: For allergies, don't use under 2 years of age (Reason: not FDA approved). For AGE 2 - 6 years, discuss with your child's doctor before using. For colds, not recommended at any age (Reason: no proven benefits).
  • DOSAGE: Determine by finding child's age in the top row of the dosage table
  • MEASURING the DOSAGE: Syringes and droppers are more accurate than teaspoons. If possible, use the syringe or dropper that comes with the medication.If not, medicine syringes are available at pharmacies. If you use a teaspoon, it should be a measuring spoon. Regular spoons are not reliable. Also, remember that 1 level teaspoon equals 5 ml and that teaspoon equals 2.5 ml.
  • FREQUENCY: Give once daily in the morning.
  • ADULT DOSAGE: 10 mg
  • BRAND NAMES: Claritin, generic loratadine
  • ADVANTAGES: Causes less sedation than older antihistamines (Benadryl and chlorpheniramine) and is long-acting (lasts up to 24 hours).
  • DISADVANTAGES: Doesn't control allergy symptoms as well as Benadryl or chlorpheniramine. Use Loratadine mainly if drowsiness from Benadryl or chlorpheniramine interferes with function.
  • COST: Use a generic or store brand of Loratadine. Reason: Costs less than Claritin brand.

Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.

Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker

Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker