Fexofenadine is an antihistamine effective against hay fever and allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, inflammation and itching of the skin. These medicines inhibit the effects of a naturally occurring chemical called histamine on our body. Histamine is released when our allergy mechanisms are triggered, fexofenadine stops histamine from binding to the receptors in our body.
Fexofenadine is a prescription-only medicine that offers relief from hay fever and allergic symptoms of perennial rhinitis in adults and children above six years. This medication is also recommended to treat long-term itchy skin rashes or hives in adults and children above twelve years.
Fexofenadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine medication prescribed to those suffering from allergic symptoms of hay fever and perennial rhinitis. People with a hypersensitive immune system are more likely to be affected by this condition. When allergens like pollen, dust mites or pet dander enter the nose, the immune system reacts in the same way as it would to a flu virus. Our body produces extra mucus to protect against allergens, leading to congestion, sneezing or runny nose. The body also has the histamine chemical at this time. Histamine can cause inflammation in your nasal passages and make relaxing and being able to sleep more difficult.
Fexofenadine is an antihistamine that works selectively on histamine receptors outside the brain. Fexofenadine blocks histamine receptors around the body from being bound by histamine. As Fexofenadine does not cross the barrier between the blood and brain it doesn’t cause drowsiness. Fexofenadine effectively relieves these allergic symptoms.
By inhibiting the effects of histamine, Fexofenadine relieves allergic symptoms such as inflammation of the nasal passages, watery or itchy eyes, a runny or blocked nose and sneezing. Some allergic reactions also include itching of the skin, rashes and inflammation.
Fexofenadine is also an excellent remedy for itchy skin rashes called idiopathic urticaria. This allergy is similar to nettle-type hives or rashes. The medication relieves itching and reduces inflammation by blocking peripheral histamine receptors in the human body.
Fexofenadine tablets are an effective medication to relieve allergies, such as hay fever and chronic rhinitis. There are various benefits of taking Fexofenadine. Some of them are listed below –
Fexofenadine offers relief from the allergic symptoms of hay fever and skin rashes.
This medication works effectively to treat various allergic reactions.
Fexofenadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine medication. It treats your allergy symptoms without making you sleepy. You can conveniently take this medicine at any time of the day if your symptoms are triggered.
Fexofenadine should be taken as per your doctor's advice. Depending upon why you have been asked to take Fexofenadine and your health conditions, the dose may differ.
Take Fexofenadine as per the directions of your doctor. Also, do not forget to read the patient information leaflet given in the pack. Here are some recommended ways of taking Fexofenadine –
Take the medication on an empty stomach.
Adults should swallow the tablets whole with water, avoid fruit juice
Fexofenadine is an effective medication for those suffering from hay fever and other allergies. Before you take Fexofenadine, here is some essential information about the medicine –
If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, Fexofenadine is not an appropriate medication for you. It is recommended that pregnant women opt for nasal sprays, eye drops, natural remedies and reduced pollen exposure to treat hay fever.
If you are breastfeeding, not all hay fever and allergy medications are suitable for you. Talk to our team to know which medicine is safe for you to use. They may also prescribe Fexofenadine for you during breastfeeding. Only minimal amounts of Fexofenadine pass into breast milk and it is generally considered safe for breastfeeding mothers.
Fexofenadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine. However, some people still feel quite sleepy after taking Fexofenadine.
It is safe to consume alcohol when taking Fexofenadine. However, drinking alcohol may make you feel sleepy or lethargic and it is best to avoid it when taking a medication.
If you are about to get yourself tested for allergies through a skin prick or a patch test, stop taking Fexofenadine for at least three days before the test. Antihistamines can interfere with the test results that indicate allergies and lead to unreliable results.
It is advisable to take Fexofenadine only as long as your allergy symptoms last. Usually, the recommended course is a few days or a week. But if needed, you can take the medication every day for a more extended period – such as throughout the pollen season.
Although Fexofenadine is a safe and effective medication for allergies, it may not be the best-suited medicine in some cases. Discuss your medical history and on-going treatments, if any, with our team to ensure that Fexofenadine is suitable to treat your allergies. Here are some examples wherein it is not recommended to take Fexofenadine –
Fexofenadine should not be taken by adults older than 65 and children younger than six years of age.
Do not take Fexofenadine if you are allergic to antihistamine medicines or any of the other ingredients contained within the tablet.
If you are experiencing any problems with your liver or kidneys or have experienced such problems in the past, Fexofenadine is not suitable.
If you have heart disease or have an irregular heart rhythm do not take Fexofenadine.
If you have epilepsy or any other health problem that puts you at risk of seizures or fits, it is not advisable to take Fexofenadine.
If you are going to get yourself tested for allergies, you should stop taking Fexofenadine at least three days before the day of the test.
To get the most out of your treatment and to ensure that every dose of Fexofenadine gets adequately absorbed into your body, there are some things you need to avoid. They are –
Fruit juices and sugary drinks
Antacids. Do not take antacids within 2 hours of taking Fexofenadine.
Just like any other medication, some side effects have been associated with Fexofenadine. Generally, the observed Fexofenadine side effects are not severe or harmful. Some of the common side effects (affecting between 1 in 100 people) associated with Fexofenadine are –
Nausea, feeling sick or dizzy
Fexofenadine may interact with other medications to reduce their effectiveness and vice versa. Therefore, it is essential to discuss your on-going treatments, drugs and medical history with our team at the time of consultation. Please remember that drug interactions may change over time and this page may not mention all possible drug interactions. Here are some medicines that are known to interact with Fexofenadine –
Midodrine – for low blood pressure
Ketoconazole – Used to treat fungal infections
Erythromycin – Antibiotic medicine
Ritonavir or Lopinavir – For HIV infection
Rifampicin – Antibiotic medicine
Herbal remedies should only be taken after discussion with a pharmacist.
Any indigestion related medication that contains aluminium or magnesium should not be taken within two hours of taking Fexofenadine.
Any medication that may make you drowsy makes your mouth dry or causes difficulty in passing urine. (Fexofenadine may worsen these effects)
Some other medicines that should not be taken with Fexofenadine include:
Telfast is a brand name and Fexofenadine is a generic name for the same medication. There is no functional difference between medicines.
Store Fexofenadine in a cool, dry place away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep all the medicines out of sight and reach of children.
You can buy Fexofenadine safely in the UK from MedsNow online clinic. Check our website for the Fexofenadine Hydrochloride 120mg and Fexofenadine Hydrochloride 180mg price and other details. Place the order for the medication from the convenience of your home. Fexofenadine UK is a prescription-only medicine.After a brief online consultation with our team the medication is delivered to your doorstep.
Will Fexofenadine Make Me Feel Drowsy? Fexofenadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine medicine. It is rare that Fexofenadine will make you sleepy or drowsy. However, medicines affect different people in different ways and one of the possible side effects of Fexofenadine is that it makes you feel sleepy. If you are taking Fexofenadine for the first time, assess the impact the medicine has on you before driving or operating machinery.
Can I Take Fexofenadine If I Am Pregnant Or Breastfeeding? If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, Fexofenadine is not a suitable medicine for you. Talk to our team to find the best remedy for your hay fever and allergies.Although Fexofenadine is considered safe to use while breastfeeding, traces of the medication have been observed in breast milk. So, if you are breastfeeding, do not take Fexofenadine without medical advice.
How Much Fexofenadine Can I Take? Take the dosage as per the prescription The medication is available in strengths of 180mg and 120mg and you will be recommended the right dose based on your health conditions and the allergies that need to be treated.
How Long Does Fexofenadine Take to Work Usually, Fexofenadine offers relief from symptoms of hay fever and allergies within one or two hours.