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Bilastine - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

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.

How do I take this medicine?

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.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

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.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have kidney disease.

Alert your doctor if you are pregnant, likely to get pregnant or breastfeeding.

What side effects could I experience?

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.

Can I take this with other medicines?

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.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol, grapefruit juice or other fruit juices.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Bilastine - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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