Fexofenadine is an antihistamine that is used to relieve allergy symptoms such as the runny nose, watery eyes, itching eyes/nose, hives, and itching. The drug works by blocking histamine, a natural substance that your body makes during an allergic reaction.
How to use the drug
If you are taking the over the counter product for self-treatment, ensure you read all directions available on the product package before taking the medication. In case of any questions, do not hesitate to consult your pharmacist. If you are using your doctor’s prescription, take it as directed by the doctor. The common dosage is 2 times daily with a span of 12 hours.
If case you are using the liquid form of the medication, be sure to shake the bottle properly before each dose-measuring it carefully using a special measuring device or spoon. Using a household spoon may not give you the correct dosage. The tablet/capsule or liquid form of this medication can be taken with or without food. The rapidly-dissolving tablet is taken on an empty stomach allowing it to dissolve on the tongue then swallow. You should always remember to keep the tablet in the blister pack until right before use. If your condition does not improve after some time, make a point of letting your doctor know.
Cough, stomach upset or fever may occur but if they persist, make sure you inform your doctor promptly. It is rare to have a very serious allergic reaction to Fexofenadine. However, if they do occur, get medical help as soon as possible if you notice serious allergic reactions like itching/swelling, rash, dizziness, and trouble breathing. There may be other side effects that are not covered here so if you notice anything out of the ordinary, contact your pharmacist or doctor.
Before taking the medication, inform your doctor of any allergies as this product may be composed of inactive ingredients, which can result in allergic reactions or other complications. It is also important to share your medical history especially if you’ve had kidney complications.
Before participating in surgery, inform your doctor or dentist about all the products you use as some of them may cause inhibiting ingredients which may complicate your surgery.
For nursing mothers, ensure you consult your doctor before engaging in breastfeeding as this medication gets into breast milk.
In case of an overdose or extreme symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call the police or a poison control center immediately.
If you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you recall. However, if it is almost time for the next dose then just skip the missed dose. Avoid doubling the dose for catching up at all costs.
Store Fexofenadine at room temperature, away from moisture and light and keep all medication away from children and pets.
In case you are experiencing any allergy symptoms such as the runny nose, watery eyes, itching eyes/nose and hives among others, do not hesitate to consult your doctor for diagnosis and prescription. Follow the doctor’s instructions to obtain the best results.