Claritin etc. (Loratadine)

Claritin (loratadine) is one of the most popularly prescribed antihistamines and is available over-the-counter.  It prevents sneezing, runny nose, stuffiness, itching and watering of the eyes in those with allergic rhinitis.  It is also used to alleviate skin allergies such as hives or urticaria by relieving swollen, red, itchy patches of skin as well as other allergic inflammatory conditions.  It is a second generation antihistamine that is minimally sedating. 
Its improved version is desloratadine, manufactured under the trade name, Clarinex, which is just as effective but with fewer side effects.

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