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Allegra Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is fexofenadine (Allegra)?
- What are the possible side effects of fexofenadine (Allegra)?
- What is the most important information I should know about fexofenadine (Allegra)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fexofenadine (Allegra)?
- How should I take fexofenadine (Allegra)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Allegra)?
- What happens if I overdose (Allegra)?
- What should I avoid while taking fexofenadine (Allegra)?
- What other drugs will affect fexofenadine (Allegra)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fexofenadine (Allegra)?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have kidney disease.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether fexofenadine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether fexofenadine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Fexofenadine tablets and capsules may be used to treat seasonal allergy symptoms in children who are at least 6 years old. Fexofenadine oral suspension (liquid) may be used in children ages 2 through 11. When treating chronic idiopathic urticaria, the liquid may be used in children as young as 2 months old.
How should I take fexofenadine (Allegra)?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take the regular tablet with a full glass of water. Do not use any other type of liquid.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
To take fexofenadine orally disintegrating tablets (Allegra ODT):
- Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the package and peel back the foil from the tablet blister. Do not push a tablet through the foil or you may damage the tablet.
- Using dry hands, remove the tablet and place it in your mouth. It will begin to dissolve right away.
- Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
- Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.
Take the disintegrating tablet on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after you start taking fexofenadine. Never take more of the medication than your doctor has prescribed.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the medicine bottle tightly closed.
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