Fexofenadine is an antihistamine. This drug reduces the effects of natural chemical histamines from the body. Fexofenadine relieves the symptoms of seasonal and year around allergies like hay fever in adults and children. Fexofenadine has a quality of fast onset of action, as it attain its therapeutic efficacy in one hour. It aids in relieving the symptoms of allergic reactions like urticaria, itchy red skin, burning sensation and swelling. Fexofenadine is a drug given in the allergic conditions such as sneezing, itchy nose and throat, watery, red and itchy eyes, runny nose that arises in the following conditions such as:
Seasonal allergic rhinitis
Understanding the drug Fexofenadine:
How it works?
It contains Fexofenadine as an active ingredient in it. The drug targets the histamine chemical that generates undesirable allergic symptoms. The mast cells release histamine and gets attached to other cells having receptors of histamine. This attachment makes the cell activated and releases other chemicals that accumulate to produce allergy symptoms such as runny nose and throat irritation. Fexofenadine blocks the H1 receptor of histamine and prevents the activation of cells releasing histamine.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Fexofenadine if you:
Are allergic to Fexofenadine or any other ingredient present in the drug
Have kidney related problems
Are pregnant or planning to become a pregnant
Are breast feeding
How much to take?
The drug dosage should be according to the prescription of the doctor that he does after assessing your condition and various factors such as age, gender and body weight. The dose varies from patient to patient.
For children between 6 to 11 years- an initial recommended is dose 30 mg
For adults and children above 11 years- recommended dose is 60 mg and 180 mg
The dose can be increased or decreased depending upon the patient’s condition. Always take the dose as prescribed by the Doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Fexofenadine is available in three strength combination on our website:
Allegra 30 mg
Allegra 120 mg
Allegra 180 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Allegra is manufactured by Aventis Pharma, a pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the packs of 30, 60 and 90 tablets.
How to take?
Fexofenadine should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet with full glass of water. Don’t crush or chew the tablet. Avoid taking any other type of liquid like fruit juice as they may decrease the absorption of the drug.
When to take?
Always take the medicine as instructed by the Doctor or Pharmacist. Don’t consume the medicine in a greater amount. Never change the amount of the drug without the advice of the doctor. 30 mg dose is generally recommended to be taken twice a day and 180 mg is taken once a day. The intake of dosage varies from patient to patient. So, doctor will recommend the best therapeutic dose for you.
For how long should it be taken?
Take the medicine as long as recommended by the Doctor. Always ask the doctor before stopping the intake of the drug as the sudden stoppage of the drug without the doctor’s recommendations may cause unknown effects on the patient’s body. Hence dose completion is necessary.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter below stated symptoms:
Dryness of mouth
What if you miss the dose?
Take this drug on routine basis and try to take the medicine at the same time each day. This reduces the chances of missing dose. Talk to your Doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine has some side effects, same way this drug also have some undesired effects with it. Fexofenadine shows common side effects such as:
Difficulty in breathing
Muscular pain or pain in extremities
Swollen face, lips , tongue and throat
Cough and flu
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non-prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Fexofenadine. Drugs listed below may interact with Fexofenadine and can increase its sedation effect:
Anti anxiety drugs
Also avoid St John’s Wort, any juice like grape fruit or apple juice while taking this drug.
What are the things to be taken care of?
Don’t take fruit juices and antacids as they hinders the absorption of Fexofenadine
Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms
Avoid the intake of alcohol beverages while using Fexofenadine as it can enhance the effect of drowsiness
Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light
Consult with your pharmacist about the proper disposal of the drug
Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
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