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  Fexofenadine
Drug uses
Fexofenadine is an antihistamine used to treat allergy and its symptoms such as sneezing, red, watery eyes, itching throat, nose and palate, running nose. The medication is suitable for both adults and children above 12. Fexofenadine blocks histamine (a substance that causes allergic reaction), besides, it causes less giddiness and sleepiness than other antihistamines.
How taken
Fexofenadine comes as tablet taken orally and used twice a day, one tablet each time but to start with the doctor may prescribe you one tablet once a day on an empty stomach but with water. The tablets are to be swallowed as a whole and are not supposed to be either chewed or crushed. Average doses:
For chronic hives:
Children under 6: prescribed by the doctor.
Children 6-11: 30 mg twice a day.
Children above 12 and adults: 60 mg twice a day/180 mg once.
For hay fever:
Children above 12 and adults: 60 mg twice a day/ 180 mg once.
Children 6-11: 30 mg twice a day.
Children under 6: prescribed by the doctor.
Precautions
1 Never exceed the doses that you were prescribed.
2 The doctor should know about any medications you are taking at the moment including vitamins and different supplements. Be sure you mentioned monoamine oxidase inhibitors, erythromycin, ketoconazole, antacids containing aluminium and magnesium.
3 Never take the medicine with fruit juices.
4 During the treatment take antacids if you have to several hours before or after you take fexofenadine.
5 Tell the doctor if you are allergic to anything especially to medications.
6 Inform the doctor if you are planning to have a baby or you are already pregnant or breastfeeding.
7 The doctor should also know about any specific medical condition of yours such as:
Heart/liver/eye
Pressure/urination/blood pressure/lung/thyroid/breathing/kidney problems
Diabetes
Glaucoma
Enlarged prostate
Heartbeat irregularity
8 Do not do anything life-threatening until you know how your body reacts to the medication
9 Avoid drinking alcohol beverages.
10 The medicine is not recommended for children under 12.
Side effects
Upset stomach, clotted ears, heartbeat irregularity, vomiting, giddiness, sleepiness, headache, irritation, pain in the back, the symptoms of cold may occur during the treatment. If it occurs, inform the doctor immediately.
Missed dose
Never double doses even if you miss a dose. If you did, take it as soon as possible but if it’s time to take another dose, skip it and go back to your schedule.
Overdose
The symptoms of overdose may be the following: giddiness, vomiting, dry mouth, heartbeat irregularities, headache, thirst, sweating, urination problems, weakness in the muscles, sleep disturbance, anxiety. There were cases when hallucinations, respiratory problems, seizures, circulatory collapse, and cardiac arrhythmias developed as a result of an overdose.
Storage
  • Keep away from children
  • Store at room temperature
  • Keep the medicine in its container
  • Keep away from heat, direct light, cold and moisture
  • Dispose of an outdated medicine

Disclaimer
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