Fexofenadine

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Fexofenadine hydrochloride is an anti-histamine medicine for the relief of hay fever symptoms: blocked, itchy and runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes.

Fexonfenadine prevents the chemical histamine being released by the cells in the lining of your nose which causes hay fever symptoms.

Fexofenadine 120mg and Fexofenadine 180mg tablets are non-drowsy anti-histamines available on prescription. Use
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What is Fexofenadine?

Fexofenadine is an antihistamine which comes in tablet form. It’s used to treat a number of allergies including hayfever, conjunctivitis, eczema and insect bites or stings. 

How does Fexofenadine work?

Fexofenadine works by intercepting the histamine receptors in the body. Histamine is a chemical which is produced in response to the presence of an allergen, it's what causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction to occur, setting off a chain reaction within the body. An antihistamine, like Fexofenadine, interacts with this process to stop the symptoms from flaring up, or by treating them if they do so that you no longer experience unpleasant symptoms. 

How long does Fexofenadine take to work?

Fexofenadine will start to take effect after one to two hours. 

How effective is Fexofenadine?

Fexofenadine is very effective provided you take it regularly as prescribed. 

Ingredients

Active ingredients

Fexofenadine hydrochloride is the active substance in the medicine.

Inactive ingredients

The other ingredients are: powdered cellulose, mannitol (E421), maize starch, croscarmellose sodium, colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate. Tablet coating: opadry pink film-coating mixture containing hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 400, allura red AC lake (FD&C Red #40) (E129), and iron oxide, black (E172).

Please Note: Different generic brands of Fexofenadine may contain different inactive ingredients.

Dosage

How to take Fexofenadine

A 30mg dose of Fexofenadine can be taken with or without food, any higher dose should be taken before eating a meal. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. Always take them as directed by your doctor.

Fexofenadine dosage

Fexofenadine comes in three separate doses; 30mg, 120mg or 180mg. If you are taking it for hay fever then the usual dose is 120mg; 30mg for children under 12. The higher dose of 180mg is given to treat hives. 

Can Fexofenadine be crushed/split?

Fexofenadine should be swallowed whole. Do not split or crush the tablet unless it specifies on the packet that it's suitable to do so. This can make the medicine less effective as it stops it from being absorbed correctly by the body. 

Is Fexofenadine the strongest antihistamine?

Fexofenadine is more potent than other antihistamines available. The dose and medication you are prescribed with will be specific to your allergy, the severity of it and the symptoms you experience. 

Side Effects

Fexofenadine side effects

Common side effects which may occur after taking Fexofenadine include: 

  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth 

If your heart rate increases or you experience heart palpitations after taking it then seek medical attention. 

The signs of an allergic reaction include: 

  • Difficulty breathing
  • A tight chest
  • A rash
  • Swollen tongue, face or neck
  • Wheezing 

If this happens then seek emergency assistance.   

Contraindications

Fexofenadine may not be suitable if:

  • You are over the age of 65
  • You are allergic to Fexofenadine or any other medicine
  • You have liver or kidney problems 
  • You have a history of heart problems 
  • You have epilepsy 
  • You are due to have an allergy test

Let your doctor know if any of these circumstances apply.   

Drug interactions

The following medications may interfere with the effects of Fexofenadine: 

  • Midodrine
  • Ketoconazole
  • Erythromycin 
  • Certain types of HIV medications
  • Rifampicin
  • Indigestion medicines containing aluminium 
  • Any medicines which can cause drowsiness

How to cope with Fexofenadine side effects

If Fexofenadine makes you feel sick then avoid rich, spicy foods until these side effects pass. Painkillers can be taken for headaches and make sure you drink plenty of water, particularly if you experience any dizziness. While Fexofenadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine, it can cause Drowsiness in some people. If this continues then you may wish to switch to an alternative non-drowsy antihistamine. 

Fexofenadine and alcohol

Drinking alcohol while taking Fexofenadine can make you feel sleepy so it's not recommended. 

Fexofenadine and driving

When you start taking Fexofenadine you should wait and see how it affects you before you drive. It's a non-drowsy antihistamine but it can occasionally cause drowsiness in some people. 

Will Fexofenadine affect my contraception?

Both hormonal and non-hormonal types of contraception are not affected by Fexofenadine. 

Will Fexofenadine affect my fertility?

Fexofenadine is not known to affect fertility in either men or women.

Does Fexofenadine make you drowsy?

Fexofenadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine medication. This means it's less likely to make you feel drowsy in comparison to many other hay fever treatments. While it shouldn't cause drowsiness it can have this affect on some people, although it's uncommon. 

Treatment Options

Lifestyle changes that can help hay fever

There are some small lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your hay fever symptoms. Spending less time outdoors when the pollen count is high, avoiding having the windows open or fresh flowers in the house, wearing sunglasses and avoiding walking over freshly cut grass can help to avoid the onset of your symptoms. Smoking can also exacerbate hay fever.   

Q&A

Can I take Fexofenadine with other hay fever treatments?

Fexofenadine can be used alongside other hay fever treatments such as eye drops or nasal sprays. It is not recommended that you take Fexofenadine with other oral antihistamines. Always check with your doctor before mixing two types of medication. 

Can Fexofenadine be used for other allergies?

Fexofenadine can be used to treat eczema, hives, insect bites or stings, conjunctivitis and certain types of food allergies. 

Is Fexofenadine safe for long term use?

Fexofenadine won't cause any harm if it's used for a long period of time. Depending on the nature of your allergy, you may only need to use it for a short time and it's best to only use it when required for example during pollen season. 

Why is Fexofenadine only available on prescription?

Fexofenadine is a more potent antihistamine than those available over the counter. For this reason it is only available on prescription if your doctor thinks it will help you. 

Why is Fexofenadine only available on prescription?

Fexofenadine is a stronger type of medication than most antihistamines which is why it is not available over the counter. 

Is Fexofenadine banned in Qatar?

Carrying drugs and controlled substances when travelling to Qatar is highly regulated. You may need to apply electronically for prior permission to travel with your medication. For certain drugs this does not apply but you will still need to ensure you bring the prescription with you and any other relevant documents.

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