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I accidentally took 20mg of Loratadine
An_190959 posted:
I took 20mg of loratadine within 8 hours of each other and I was just wondering if/when I can sleep. I feel tired & have a headache because I was on my way to bed before I took the drug. I took the last one at 12 25 am & it has almost been two hours. I felt nauseas before but it went away. I drank a lot of fluids although I'm not sure if that helps. I don't think I can die from this, but am just wondering if it's safe to sleep.
sgbl88 responded:
Hello, the best thing to do in this type of situation is to call poison control or you pharmacist. As you can see it can be a long time before someone reads your post and responds to it.

That being said, antihistamines are varily benign. Many people take way more than the bottle says a day under doctor's orders. I won't tell you how many loratadines I used to take a day. I now take two Zyrtec a day. Antihistamines can be somewhat dehydrating, so drink extra water. If you were to take extra every day, you would want to eat extra fiber as well.

You will be fine. I would suspect that your symptoms were more from the worry of possible overdose than any actual reaction to the medication. Yes, it is safe to sleep.

Take care and God bless.

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Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
Just checking to see how you are doing, Anon!

Please let us know when you get a chance.

Best wishes!
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Miss3773 replied to Amelia_WebMD_Staff's response:
Hey it's me. Sorry I couldn't get on for a few days. Something's wrong with my account so I had to make a new one.

So basically like sgbl88 said, I think my symptoms were caused more from worrying about a potential overdose. I had had a headache prior & was a little tired, then after I had accidentally taken the second pill was when my headache got worse and I started to feel nauseas. I drank some fluids and basically waited it out for about an hour until my symptoms began to subside, and then waited another hour and a bit before heading off to bed. I am fine & hopefully won't make the same mistake again.

I have never "overdosed" on anything before so I didn't know that calling poison control is generally your best option, but I do now. I would like to thank you both for the information you provided as well as your concern. Everything is fine now

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