Fexofenadine hydrochloride, popularly known as Allegra treats various seasonal allergies by reducing naturally produced substance called histamine. This medicine controls hives (urticaria), runny nose, itching, and watery eyes. It is also used to sway away fever and other general problems like body chills, aches, body cramps etc.
This is available in the market in three forms: Tablets, Capsules and Syrup.
You are advised to read instructions very closely if you are taking this medicine on your own. In case of further doubts, you must contact your doctor to know more and clarify things before proceeding with the medication.
Take Allegra with plain water. No fruit juices like apple, mango, orange or any kind must be combined with it as it slows down its absorption in the body and reducing its effects.
Antacids containing aluminum and magnesium must be avoided for at least 2 hours after taking this drug; it reduces its dissolving power inside the body.
You must clearly discuss your present medicines with the doctor so to know whether Fexofenadine hydrochloride will prove beneficial for you or not. In case after the prescription, you do not feel better then, you should stop taking it and seek medical help immediately.
Before taking this medicine
Talk about all your problems with the medical professional especially if you have kidney problem or allergy, so that root cause and medication can be prescribed accordingly. The dosage of allegra varies as per age, medical condition and physical fitness. Never overdose than the actual prescription. If you are pregnant or breast feeding or planning to be pregnant soon then, ask doctor about its risks and get it prescribed only after making sure that its prescription is a must.
How should I take Allegra?
Generally, physicians prescribe it twice daily (every 12 hours). Never increase the dose on your own. In case you feel worse then, immediately contact your doctor for further help. If you are taking syrup, shake it well before use. It must be measured exact as directed with a measuring device or with a spoon.
If you are taking tablet or capsule then, it must be taken with water that too on an empty stomach or at least 2 hours after the meal. Do not keep these without packaging covers; remove just before the use. Be careful while taking it with liquid as it cannot be taken with juices; use plain water.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Do not try to take extra dose of it. Even if you have missed one dose then, take another dose on time.
What happens if I overdose?
Call your doctor and seek assistance immediately.
Allegra side effects
The best thing about this drug is that it rarely causes any serious reaction. In case if you see any symptoms like:
redness on the body
cough and cold
headache and any unusual behavior then call your doctor immediately.
What should I avoid?
Things that must be avoided are:
Antacids must not be taken at least for 2 hours after this drug.
It must be made sure that prescription is followed correctly.