Bilastine helps to relieve symptoms of cold and allergy, such as runny nose, itch, watery eyes and sneezing. It also helps relieve allergic skin conditions such as hives and itchy rash.
Bilastine belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines.
Take Bilastine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take Bilastine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not cut, chew or crush the tablet.
You may stop taking Bilastine once you feel better unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Alert your doctor if you have kidney disease.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant, likely to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
Rarely, Bilastine may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If you feel drowsy or dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Bilastine may also cause headache and fatigue.
Alert your doctor if any of these side effects gets serious or if you experience any other side effects while being treated with Bilastine.
Alert your doctor quickly if you are taking any of these medicines:
- rifampicin (an antibiotic)
- ritonavir (an anti-HIV medicine)
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol, grapefruit juice or other fruit juices.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.