|Type of medicine||Antihistamine (non-drowsy)|
|Used for||Allergies such as hayfever and some allergic skin reactions|
Exposure to substances such as pollen, pet fur, house dust or insect bites can cause the body to produce a chemical called histamine. The release of histamine causes allergic symptoms which can include rashes, sneezing, watery eyes and a runny or blocked nose.
Fexofenadine stops the effects of histamine and helps to relieve these symptoms.
Before taking fexofenadine
Before taking fexofenadine make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have epilepsy.
- If you have liver, kidney or heart problems.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to an antihistamine or to any other medicine.
How to take fexofenadine
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Take fexofenadine tablets exactly as your doctor has told you.
- Swallow the tablets with a drink of water.
- Do not take indigestion remedies 2 hours before or after you take this medicine. This is because they may reduce the amount of fexofenadine your body absorbs.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next dose, in which case leave out the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Fexofenadine is called a non-drowsy antihistamine, however it can sometimes cause drowsiness in some people. If you feel sleepy, do not drive or use tools or machines.
- If you drink alcohol while you are taking fexofenadine, be aware of its effects on you and do not drink more than moderate amounts.
Can fexofenadine cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller. If the headache continues, speak with your doctor|
|Drowsiness, dizziness||If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines|
|Feeling sick||Stick to simple foods and avoid spicy foods|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store fexofenadine
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
- Manufacturer's PIL, Telfast® 120 mg Film coated tablets,; Manufacturer's PIL, Telfast® 120 mg Film coated tablets, sanofi-aventis, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated December 2010.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 07/06/2011||Document ID: 3782 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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