Alavert-D Uses

Using Alavert-D for the Common Cold

Sneezing, a runny nose, a scratchy throat, nasal congestion -- everyone knows the first signs of a cold, probably the most common illness known to exist. Although the illness is usually mild, with cold symptoms lasting one to two weeks, it is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work.
 
The cold is caused by viruses (see Causes of Common Cold), and there is no known cure. However, several medications can help relieve the symptoms of the common cold. Alavert-D is approved for treating nasal congestion due to the common cold. It is effective for this purpose because it contains a decongestant (pseudoephedrine). The antihistamine component of Alavert-D (loratadine) is probably of little value for treating the common cold.
 

How Does the Medication Work?

Loratadine belongs to a class of drugs called antihistamines. Specifically, it is an H1 receptor antagonist. This means that it blocks a specific type of histamine receptor in the body known as H1 receptors. Because allergic reactions are partly caused by the release of histamine from certain cells in the body, loratadine can help relieve or prevent allergy symptoms.
 
Pseudoephedrine is a nasal decongestant, which works by constricting the blood vessels in the nose, helping to relieve nasal congestion. It is useful for relieving nasal congestion due to many causes, including allergies and the common cold.
 

Alavert-D Uses in Children

Alavert-D is approved for use in children as young as 12 years old. It is not intended for use in younger children.
 

Off-Label Uses for Alavert-D

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Alavert-D for something other than the uses discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Currently, there are no universally accepted off-label Alavert-D uses.
 
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