How to Use Allegra Allergy?
Allegra Allergy is the brand name for the medication generically known as fexofenadine. It is an antihistamine that is often used in the treatment of seasonal and year-round allergies. Allegra helps to reduce symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, itchy and watery eyes, itchy skin, and hives.
Like other antihistamines, fexofenadine works by blocking the effect of histamine in the body. Histamine is a natural chemical released by the immune system as a result of an allergic reactions. This chemical is responsible for many allergy symptoms.
How Should You Use Allegra Allergy?
People who are using the medication for self-treating should follow all the instructions provided on the product package.
If you’ve got a prescription for Allegra Allergy, make sure to follow your doctor’s directions. If you have any questions about the use of this drug, consult your healthcare provider.
Usually, fexofenadine is taken daily, two times a day. If your medication is in the liquid form, you should shake the bottle properly every time before taking the medicine. Use a special device to measure your dose of fexofenadine. Using a household spoon can result in an incorrect dosage.
You can take Allegra in the form of liquid or tablets both with or without food. However, rapidly-dissolving fexofenadine tablets should be taken on an empty stomach. If you are using the rapidly-dissolving tablets, allow the medication to dissolve on your tongue properly and then swallow.
Some people have difficulty swallowing medications without a liquid. If you need one too, you can drink water. Avoid taking fruits juices (especially apple, orange, or grapefruit juices) to prevent complications related to the absorption of fexofenadine.
The absorption of this medicine can also be affected by antacids with aluminum and magnesium. Avoid taking these antacids within two hours after taking Allegra.
The correct dosage for an individual depends on their age, condition and the effect of treatment. Never increase your dose or take Allegra more often without your doctor’s approval.
In case your allergy symptoms persist or get worse after using fexofenadine, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Fexofenadine overdose is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms. However, seek an emergency help, if you have trouble breathing, severe drowsiness, or if you are passing out.
If you are using Allegra on a regular schedule and miss a dose, you should take one as soon as you remember. However, you may need to skip the missed dose, if it’s already time for the next one. Don’t take more medicine to make the missed dose.
What Are the Side Effects of Allegra Allergy?
In most cases, people treat their allergies with Allegra without having any side effects. However, some individuals can develop side effects like fever, coughing, or upset stomach. If you notice that these side effects don’t go away or get worse, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
However, these are not all the potential side effects. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Allegra is not likely to trigger a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), but there is some risk. If you develop symptoms like skin rash, itchiness, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, and severe dizziness, seek an immediate medical attention.
What Precautions Should You Take?
People who are allergic to fexofenadine should avoid the use of Allegra Allergy. Since the medication may contain various potentially allergenic inactive ingredients, inform your doctor about all the type of allergy you have.
People with kidney disease should be especially cautious when using fexofenadine. Talk to your doctor before using this drug.
If you are going to have a surgery, inform your doctor if you use fexofenadine and any other health products, including prescription and OTC drugs, and supplements.
Allegra in the liquid form may contain sugar. Consider this, if you have diabetes. In addition, the rapidly-dissolving tablets often contain aspartame (phenylalanine). Be cautious, if you are affected by phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other related condition. Consult with your doctor before using Allegra Allergy.
There are some risks associated with the use of fexofenadine during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, use this medication only when it’s necessary.
While it’s not clear how this medicine affects a breastfed child, fexofenadine is known to pass into breast milk.
What Are the Potential Drug Interactions?
If you take certain medications while using Allegra, there is a risk of drug interaction. Interacting drugs may interfere with the effect of medications and increase the risks for side effects. Make sure to tell your doctor about all the medications (prescription and non-prescription) and supplements you are taking before using Allegra Allergy.
Apart from medications, fexofenadine may affect the results of allergy testing and other laboratory tests. Inform your doctor if you are using Allegra before performing any tests.
How to Store the Medication?
Different brand may have different storage requirements. Usually, fexofenadine is stored at room temperature. Keep the medicine away from light and moisture. Remember that your bathroom is not a place to store medications. Keep your drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
If you have any questions about how to store Allegra Allergy, consult your pharmacist.
When you no longer use the medication, or it is expired, make sure to discard the product properly. Flushing it down the toilet may not be the right way to do so.