Fexofenadine: Uses & Side effects

Fexofenadine
is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in
the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and
runny nose.

Fexofenadine
is used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies (hay fever) in adults and
children.

Fexofenadine
is also used to treat skin itching and hives caused by a condition called
chronic idiopathic urticaria in adults and children.

Important information

Ask a
doctor or pharmacist before taking fexofenadine if you are allergic to any
drugs, or if you have kidney disease.

Do not take
fexofenadine with fruit juice (such as apple, orange, or grapefruit).

Take
the disintegrating tablet on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a
meal.

There may be other drugs that can affect fexofenadine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after you start taking fexofenadine. Never use more than the recommended dose.

Side effects

Get emergency
medical help if you have any of these signs
of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your
face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking
fexofenadine and call your doctor if you have fever, chills, body aches, cough,
or other flu symptoms.

Less serious side
effects may include:

  • nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach;
  • menstrual cramps;
  • drowsiness, tired feeling;
  • headache; or
  • muscle or back pain.

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