For years I suffered from summer allergies. Pollen, hay, dust, you name it my asthma was affected by it. After years of suffering and trying almost 20 different products I was given loratadine to try along with an asthma medicine. My problems soon disappeared. I was mostly worried about the side effects but I haven't had any at all. No dryness at all and I can breathe well all year round. I was even able to run in the spring and summer without having a hard time breathing or my nose running. During the winter time it is a huge help as well. With the dryness in the air my asthma usually flairs up and I can go to my relatives and sleep well even when they have the fireplace going all night. Works just as well as Claritin for a much better price and I don't notice a difference at all in how it works. I'm able to breathe the same on both of them and my nose never runs due to pollen during the summer.