Fexofenadine helps to relieve symptoms of cold and allergy, such as runny nose, sneezing, itchy, and watery eyes. It also helps relieve allergic skin conditions such as hives or itchy rash.
Take Fexofenadine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by the doctor.
Take Fexofenadine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.Try to take it at the same time each day.
Fexofenadine is available as a suspension and as different types of tablets.
If you are taking the suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.
If you are taking the tablets, swallow the tablet whole with water.
If you are taking the orally disintegrating tablet:
1. Remove it from the foil only just before you take it. Do not leave the orodispersible tablet exposed to air. Do not push the orodispersible tablet through the foil as it is fragile and easily broken.
2. Remove the orodispersible tablet with dry hands by peeling the backing off the foil and tipping the tablet onto your dry hands.
3. Place the orodispersible tablet directly on your tongue as soon as it is taken out of the foil. The orodispersible tablet will immediately start to melt on the tongue. It can then be swallowed with or without water.
Do not cut, break or crush the orodispersible tablets.
Do not administer the suspension and tablet with fruit juices. Please see the section “What special dietary instructions should I follow?” below for more information.
You may stop taking Fexofenadine 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 schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Fexofenadine to a child.
Fexofenadine may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects may include any of the following: headache, nausea, and vomiting.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Fexofenadine should not be taken with antacids as antacids could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. If you must take antacids, there should be at least 2 hours interval between the antacid and Fexofenadine.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol and fruit juices including grapefruit juice.
Store in a tightly closed container, in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
For the disintegrating tablets, do not remove from the original blister package. Keep it in the original package and use once it is opened.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.