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Allegra® is a seasonal medicine that your doctor may prescribe for you if other allergy medicines make you drowsy.
Fexofenadine belongs to the class of medications called second-generation antihistamines. These medications work by blocking the action of one of the body's natural chemicals known as histamine. Histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms caused by allergies. Fexofenadine is used for the relief of symptoms associated with seasonal and chronic allergies including sneezing, itchy and runny nose, tearing and redness of the eyes, and itching and hives.
What is Allegra?
- Allegra is an antihistamine. Antihistamines work against the naturally occurring chemical histamine in your body.
- Allegra is used to prevent sneezing, runny nose, itching and watering of the eyes, and other allergic symptoms.
- Allegra may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
|Allegra 60 mg - 60 Tabs
|Allegra 60 mg - 120 Tabs
|Allegra 180 mg - 60 Tabs
|Allegra 180 mg - 120 Tabs
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Allegra Directions To Use
Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach 1 hour before or two hours after meals as directed, usually twice daily. Taking this medicine with a high fat meal can decrease its effectiveness. Do not take antacids containing aluminum and magnesium within 2 hours of taking this medication. Swallow the medicine whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet, and do not take more than prescribed. Do not take this product within 14 days after stopping an MAO Inhibitor (see Drug Interactions).
Allegra Warnings and Side Effects
Do not take Allegra if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have any serious illness such as heart, kidney, or liver disease. You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have other illnesses. Allegra is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Allegra will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also not known whether Allegra passes into breast milk. Do not take Allegra without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Allegra is not approved for use by children younger than 6 years of age.
Stop taking Allegra and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives). Allergic reactions occur only rarely, and other serious side effects are not likely to occur. Some less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Allegra and talk to your doctor if you experience nausea or an upset stomach. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Allegra Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store Allegra capsules and tablets at controlled room temperature 20-25°C (68-77°F). Foil-backed blister packs containing Allegra capsules and all tablet packaging should be protected from excessive moisture.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include irregular or unusually slow or fast heartbeat, unusual nervousness or excitement, rapid breathing, confusion, hallucinations, and seizures.
Allegra More Information
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially: MAO inhibitors, certain blood pressure drugs, digoxin, and all adrenaline-like drugs. Report other drugs which affect the heart rhythm. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Check the labels carefully on all nonprescription products, such as cough-and-cold medicines that contain antihistamines and decongestants. Consult your pharmacist. Do not take Allegra for several days before any allergy testing since test results can be affected. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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