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What is Fexofenadine used for?

Fexofenadine is an antihistamine medication, which is prescribed to provide relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergy such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat, and red eyes. Besides, it is also prescribed for treating hives. This drug works by blocking the effects of histamine that causes allergy symptoms. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Fexofenadine?

The dosage of Fexofenadine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Fexofenadine. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

Fexofenadine is usually taken with water once or twice a day. This medication is not recommended to be taken with fruit juices such as apple juice, orange juice, and so on.

What if you miss a dose of Fexofenadine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Fexofenadine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Fexofenadine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Fexofenadine, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are dizziness, drowsiness, or dry mouth.

What other drugs could interact with Fexofenadine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Fexofenadine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Fexofenadine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Fexofenadine can interact with cough-and-cold medications as well as antacids containing aluminum and magnesium.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Fexofenadine?

Like other medicines, Fexofenadine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Fexofenadine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Fexofenadine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Fexofenadine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Fexofenadine can cause side effects such as cough, menstrual cramps, nausea, dizziness, headache, muscle pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are difficulty breathing, hives, rash, hoarseness, and swelling of the face, hands, or feet. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Fexofenadine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Fexofenadine?

Is it possible for me to take Fexofenadine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Fexofenadine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Fexofenadine?
How will Fexofenadine work in my body?
How should Fexofenadine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Fexofenadine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. While taking Fexofenadine, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. Also, inform your doctor, if you have kidney disease. Keep this medication out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.


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