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Does abrupt stopping of loratadine pills lead to withdrawal symptoms?

I have been using loratadine allergy pills for a long time - more then 10 years. My sinus infections are so bad that my Dr put me on C0 Betahistine, (fluid and swelling in inner ear/Eustachian tube) so I stopped using my other allergy pills (I buy them at Costco). Would I be experiencing any withdrawal from my allergy pills? I have a weird restless feeling in my body, similar to when I was having to withdraw from prescription pain meds. I am also on my 3rd round of antibiotics, this one being moxifloxacin HCI. I was supposed to have my second sinus surgery last in 2013 (previous one in 2008), but I cancelled because my knee replacement surgery has not healed, and I wanted my body to deal with one thing at a time. Sorry I thought this was a free service. Thank you, Shirley Wiebe age 61
Fri, 8 Mar 2019
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Hello,

No, this just isn't a drug with withdrawal per se. Of course, if you stop a drug that is doing something, then it stops doing it.

So, if an antihistamine were working OR if it was making someone a bit sleepy, then stopping it would stop what it does. They might have more allergy or more alertness.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Matt Wachsman, Addiction Medicine Specialist
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